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  Porting Fonts Across Platforms:
Number 5B

Porting PC TrueType® Fonts To The Mac® With PC TransType
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4. The font output specifications show that the Mac suitcase name is right and that the destination encoding is right (Mac OS Roman). The importance of getting the right encoding is mentioned here, and the importance of getting the right menu name is mentioned here. To find out more about how to customize Mac suitcases in TransType, click here. To find out more on selecting destination encoding, click here.

5. TransType is very easy to work with. Simply click the "Convert" button to convert the font.

6. TransType will display a window asking you where to output the converted font. Select the destination folder and click "OK".

7. In this case we setup the preferences to output Mac files in MacBinary format (more here on setting up TransType preferences). TransType will write the converted font as "Phaedra.bin" (more here on the MacBinary format). Copy this file 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).

8. Next, you need to decode the MacBinary file on the Macintosh. This step expands the font into the necessary resource fork 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 it by copying it to the Fonts folder in the Macintosh System folder.

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