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Most organisations have a requirement to use symbols of some sort within their documents, whether it is a Visa symbol, a standard mark such as a Quality Award or a custom symbol specific to an organisation. Using these symbols on documents and in presentations has often been a problem as the only method available in the past has been to scan the symbol and use it as a bitmap. Bitmap images are usually of poor quality and generally have large file sizes that in turn can significantly increase document sizes.

By replacing your bitmap images with TrueType fonts, the solution to all the above problems is now at hand. TrueType fonts utilise the power of TrueType that is already built in to all versions of Microsoft Windows and the Apple Macintosh operating systems. Symbols become easy to use, have little effect on file sizes and produce extremely high quality output.

Formula Solutions have a large library available of standard symbols created as TrueType fonts and can offer a custom service for any symbols that are not available in the library.

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The advantages of using TrueType Symbols

Ease of use
Your required symbols will be supplied as TrueType fonts and from that time onwards, it is used in exactly the same way as a standard typeface. It is installed as a TrueType font and is then accessible to all applications that use TrueType fonts via the Font menu.

Simply select your symbol from the font list and type the character or characters associated with the symbol. The symbol will be displayed on screen and you can change the size to suit your requirement.

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Smaller document sizes
Adding a TrueType symbol to your document will increase the file size by just a small number of bytes. Compare this with the addition of a bitmap image that can easily increase the file size by many thousands of bytes and often in excess of 100KB.

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High quality
TrueType fonts are not bitmap images, they are actually drawn from a mathematically calculated outline which can be scaled to any size with no loss of quality. Therefore your symbol can be scaled to any size supported by your application and will produce the highest quality image on your selected output device.

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Work faster
As using TrueType symbols generate smaller document sizes, files will obviously load and save quicker. Additionally as TrueType fonts are handled more efficiently by the operating system your documents will also display and print much faster.

Where to go from here

The majority of the symbols in our library are available at a cost of 95. The cost of producing a custom symbol as a TrueType font is based on the complexity of the symbol. For a free quotation, please send us a copy of your required symbol. In the meantime, if you would like to try out the technology, simply visit the download area to obtain a copy of our free demo TrueType font.

We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding our TrueType solutions. If, however, you have any additional questions, please contact the sales team for further information.