Opentype vs Truetype – Differences

Just few days back we in India, we got Indian Rupee symbol approved by Indian government and so after that we got a font for the new symbol. A company named Foradian has developed the font that has Indian Rupee symbol. Later it added other characters.

Rupee Symbol, Currency Symbol, India

Rupee Symbol. Indian currency Symbol

We in development give much emphasis to file extension. It makes us easier to remember details. So, TrueType font uses .ttf; .tte (for EUDC usage) extenstion for filename. OpenType uses .otf, .ttf extension for file name. Confusing! ttf comes in both.

Differences in short:

Truetype was developed by Apple during the 80s and has been widely used in desktop computers since. Opentype was developed by Microsoft and Adobe to compete with the success of Truetype.
OpenType format has several exclusive capabilities including support for multiple platforms and expanded character sets.
The OpenType format permits the storage of up to 65,000 characters.

1. Truetype was developed by Apple while Opentype was developed by Microsoft and Adobe
2. Opentype is a more recent font compared to Truetype
3. Opentype was developed based on Apple’s Truetype and Adobe’s Type 1
4. Truetype uses a glyph table while Opentype can use both glyph tables and the more advanced CFF
5. Truetype is the most popular font in use today even if Opentype is superior
6. Truetype fonts are easier to create compared to Opentype

For more in-depth information on TrueType and OpenType fonts and their differences, please use the links below: