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  Porting Fonts Across Platforms:
Number 15A

Porting PC Type 1 Fonts To The Mac® With Mac Fontographer®
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1. In this case we will convert the Type 1 freeware font, Celtic. The font is comprised of two files (more here on why Type 1 fonts require two files). There is a .PFB file which contains the outlines and a .PFM file which contains the metrics. Copy these files to the Macintosh® computer either by using a PC-formatted disk or by sending it over a network (more here on copying files between Mac and PC).

2. Drag and drop the .PFB file (the file containing the font outlines) onto the Fontographer icon (or start Fontographer and click File > Open Font..., then select the Celtic.pfb file).

3. You will see a view of the individual characters in the font window.

4. In PC Type 1 fonts, the kerning and other metrics is in the .PFM file. When using Fontographer, Type 1 font metrics must be imported manually (more here on why this is important and why you have to take the necessary steps to include the metrics in the conversion). Click File > Open Metrics Window to view the effect of importing the font metrics.

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