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  Understanding The TransType Interface
Part Four

To find out more about TransType and where to get it, click here

11. You also can select the encoding of the destination font. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the destination font to adjust its encoding. This is another important point to remember when porting fonts across platforms as mentioned here.

12. You can also select the source encoding by clicking the drop-down arrow to the right of the font in the source list.

Type 1 Font Metrics

When converting Type 1 fonts, the metrics information (e.g. kerning, spacing, ascent, descent) is not in the same file as the outlines. On the PC, the font metrics are contained in the PFM file (more here). TransType will automatically include the font metrics if the the PFM file is located in the same folder as the PFB file or in a subfolder named "pfm".

On the Mac®, the font metrics are located in the suitcase containing the screen font (more here). You can convert a Type 1 font by dragging and dropping either the suitcase (containing the screen font) or the printer font. But, if you convert the printer font, the metrics won't be included. Thus, when converting Mac Type 1 fonts, drag and drop the suitcase into the TransType window. This is one of the important points about converting fonts (more here).

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