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  Understanding The TransType Interface
Part One

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1. TransType is a PC to Mac® / Mac to PC font converter available from FontLab®. TransType is available for both Mac and Windows®. A free demo is offered for both versions. There is little difference between the Mac and PC versions. When you launch TransType you will see a program window. The program window is divided into two halves or panes - a source list and a destination list. Under the source list is a legend panel containing a brief summary of the the input specifications. Under the destination list is a similar legend panel with a brief summary of the output specifications.

2a. TransType is a comprehensive application, nevertheless it is easy to use. There are many controls available. The source fonts appear in the source list on the left. The output fonts appear in the destination list on the right. The input specifications of the fonts being converted appear in the legend panel on the left. The output specifications of the converted fonts appear in the legend panel on the right. These specifications are determined by the preferences as well as the options you set for the source and destinations files.

2b. You convert fonts by dragging and dropping them into the left pane (the source list). Alternately, you can click the "Add" button (circled below left) and add fonts this way. In the screen shot below, the PC font "TiredOldDraftsman" is shown highlighted after it has been added. You access the program preferences by clicking the "Preferences" button (circled below right).

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