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  Porting Fonts Across Platforms:
Number 4A

Porting Mac® Type 1 Fonts To The PC With CrossFont
To find out more about CrossFont and where to get it, click here
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1. Select the Mac font you wish to port to the PC. In this case we will use the Type 1 font, FiveNDime.

2. The font is a Mac resource (more here on the Mac file system) so it must be encoded into MacBinary format in order to copy it to the PC (more here on the MacBinary format). There are several shareware programs that can be used to do this. In this case we will use BinHex 5.0 (more details here for BinHex 5.0 ) to encode both Type 1 font files. This will create two MacBinary files on the Macintosh®. There will be one file named "FiveNDim.Bin" and another named "FiveNDime.Bin". Remember, when working with Type 1 fonts you have to move the files around in pairs (more here).

3. Copy these files to the PC either by using a PC-formatted disk or by sending them over a network (more here on copying files between Mac and PC).

4. 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 Mac Type 1 Printer Font. Then select all the formats to convert to (circled below). In this case we will choose a PC Type 1 PFB file and a PC Type 1 PFM file. 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.

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