Work on the technology began at Apple in August 1987 under lead engineer Sampo Kaasila. The internal project was competing against outside font technologies that were being considered by Apple at the time. The rasterizer that would be adopted for TrueType had a working title of "Bass" as it was "scaleable".
On September 20, 1989, Apple and Microsoft announced a joint effort to develop alternatives to Adobe PostScript, such as TrueType. The companies intended to incorporate TrueType into new imaging technologies, such as Apple's QuickDraw GX and Microsoft's TrueImage. John Warnock, who was CEO of Adobe at the time, distraughtly called it "the biggest bunch of garbage mumbo jumbo I've ever heard in my life". Adobe responded by developing Adobe Type Manager to maintain the presence of its Type 1 fonts in the desktop computer market.
- A talk with Sampo Kaasila, TrueType Typography. 2006.
- Adobe-Apple war on Flash reminiscent of PostScript struggle by Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider. 2010-05-14.
- Microsoft/Apple Deal Leaves Industry Reeling, InfoWorld p.1. 1989-09-25.
- War, InfoWorld p.101. 1989-09-25.
- Microsoft and Adobe Systems to Deliver Universal Font Format Brings Profit Alliance Model to Microsoft’s Small Business Web Site, Microsoft. 1996-05-06.
- Adobe Type: frequently asked questions, Adobe. Accessed 2019-12-10.
- A History of TrueType at TrueType Typography
- A closer look at TrueType hinting by Tim Ahrens at the Adobe Typekit Blog (2010-12-14)
- TrueType at the Apple Wiki
- TrueType at the Microsoft Wiki
- TrueType at Wikipedia
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