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  Porting Fonts Across Platforms:
Number 18A

Porting Mac® TrueType® Fonts To The PC With Mac FontLab®
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1. In this case we will convert the font, Piego (pronounced Pea-ay-go, like San Diego).

2. Press the button on the Standard Toolbar or click File > Open... to open the font.

3. You will see a view of the individual characters in the font window. On the Macintosh® version, the default encoding for TrueType fonts is MacOS Roman. We need to change this to MS Windows® 1252 Latin 1.

4. Select the encoding options from the toolbar on the font window. In FontLab there are two encoding modes - Names encoding mode and Unicode encoding mode. We want to put FontLab into Unicode encoding mode because the converted font will be TrueType. We also want to use the MS Windows 1252 Latin 1 codepage from the selection of Unicode codepages. Perform the following steps shown in the diagram below. For a more complete explanation of encoding and why it is important, click here.

5. In FontLab, you can generate fonts using the encoding that is displayed in the font window. FontLab is now ready to create the actual PC TrueType font.

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