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  Porting Fonts Across Platforms:
Number 3A

Porting PC Type 1 Fonts To The Mac® With CrossFont
To find out more about CrossFont and where to get it, click here
Click here for legal note on fictitious font name used in this tutorial

1. Launch CrossFont on the PC and from the drop-down menu select the type of font to convert from (circled below top left). In this case we will be converting a PC Type 1 PFB font. Then select all the formats to convert to (circled below). In this case we will choose a Mac Type 1 printer font and a Mac Type 1 screen font. For the Type 1 font to install and function properly, you need to output two files (more here on why Type 1 fonts require two files). You can also select a substitute encoding (circled below top right). The default is "Automatic". As I explained here, this is one of the important points to remember when porting Type 1 fonts across platforms.

2. In this case we will convert the PC Type 1 font, Strident. The disk file containing the font outlines is Strident.pfb (more here on identifying PC Type 1 fonts). Drag and drop the file into the CrossFont window.

3. Now select the Strident font listed in the CrossFont window. Selecting it will highlight it (circled below bottom). At this point we could simply convert the font, but I deliberately skipped a step here to illustrate a point. Instead of converting the font now, click File > Properties (circled below top).

4. This brings up the Font File Information window. What we are looking for is to see if the font metrics were loaded when we dragged and dropped the font outline file into the window. As you can see, the kerning information was not loaded when we did (circled below). CrossFont requires that you drop both the font outline file (PFB) and the font metrics file (PFM) into the window in order for the kerning metrics to be included in the conversion. Click "OK" to close the window.

5. Now drag and drop the PFM file into the window just like before. You won't see any change in change in its appearance. The "Strident" font still appears.

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