Best Format for Macs?

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Best Format for Macs?
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Hey everyone,

So I dont know if this has been asked for (I cant imagine that it hasn't but wasn't sure how to search it), but here goes.

I have lots of fonts from lots of different sources and in lots of formats. Opentype, True Type, Postscript, TT, TTF, T1 gahh! Not to mention Font Suitcases...

In some cases I have dupes of stuff in different formats (example: Helvetica in OT, T1, TTF, PS, etc)

Anyways I was just curious, what is the best format to be using on my Mac? From what I've read Opentype is the way to go, but I just wasn't sure if I should always go Opentype over another format (or, the best way to procede? If no opentype should I pick T1, no T1 pick PS, etc.)

Thanks so much guys.

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When in doubt I’d always go with Opentype. It’s the future.

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Joined: 31 Aug 2008 - 7:28pm
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but what about when opentype isn't available (thats more my concern since I figured opentype is the way to go if I can)

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On current Macs, the only real no-go is PC style PostScript fonts (*.pfa and *.pfb; and a savvy user can convert those using FontForge, after reviewing the relevant EULA permissions, of course). But I agree, unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise (like some program that will only use TrueType fonts, like Hash Animation Master), OpenType is where everything is heading.

If you're running legacy systems with Mac OS 9 or earlier (back as far as 6-ish with the right extensions), you're stuck either with PS type 1 and 3 outline fonts and accompanying bitmap suitcases, or resource-fork TrueType.

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cool. so i guess ill just stick with my normal method.

Opentype
T1 (usually with the font suitcases)
whatever else.