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  Porting Fonts Across Platforms:
Number 3B

Porting PC Type 1 Fonts To The Mac® With CrossFont
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6. Click File > Properties again to redisplay the Font Information window. As you can see, this time CrossFont recognizes the metrics file and will include the kerning information in the conversion. This is a very important step as I explained here. Click "OK" to close the window.

7. Okay, now we are ready to convert the font. Both the outline file and the metrics file could have been dropped into the window together. In this exercise they were only dropped into the window individually to illustrate a point. Just remember to include BOTH files before converting the font. With the Strident font still selected, click the "Convert Selected Files" button on the toolbar (circled below).

8. You will see a dialog asking you to confirm the name that will appear on the font menus on the Macintosh®. This is one of the important points about font conversion (more here). Click "OK" when done.

9. CrossFont will create two MacBinary files on the PC's drive (more here on the MacBinary format). Copy these files to the Macintosh computer either by using a PC-formatted disk or by sending them over a network (more here on copying files between Mac and PC).

10. Next, you need to decode the MacBinary files on the Macintosh. This step expands them into the necessary resources required by the Mac (more here on the Mac file system). In this case we are using the Aladdin Stuffit Expander™ (freeware...more details found here). Once the file is restored, you can install the font by copying both files to the Fonts folder in the Macintosh System folder. Remember, when working with Type 1 fonts you have to move the files around in pairs (more here).

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