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Is it a Unicode Font?

To determine if your font is Unicode-compliant, with all its characters coded and mapped correctly, choose the Font in any program (or in Font Book, set the preview area to Custom (Preview > Custom), and type Option-Shift-2.

If you get a euro character (a sort of uppercase C with two horizontal lines through its midsection), it's 99.9 percent certain the font is Unicode-compliant. If you get a graphic character that's gray rounded-rectangle frame with a euro character inside it, the font is definitely not Unicode-compliant. (The fact that the image has a euro sign in it is only coincidental: it's the image used for any missing currency sign.)

This assumes that you're using U.S. input keyboard, which is a little ironic when the euro symbol is the test. With the British keyboard, for instance, Option-2 produces the euro symbol if it's part of the font.

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Make Your iPhone or iPod touch an Audio Receiver

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Audio software developer Rogue Amoeba has announced the release of AirFoil Speakers Touch, an app for the iPhone and iPod touch that extends the capabilities of the previously available AirFoil application. AirFoil, available for the Mac and Windows, enables users to share audio from their computers to AirPort Express base stations, Apple TVs, Macs, PCs, and Linux boxes. The application syncs audio playback across devices, and can share files from a variety of sources including iTunes, RealPlayer, Spotify, and even Web-based sources like Pandora or Last.fm. (Without Airfoil, you can play music wirelessly only to an AirPort Express or Apple TV, and only from iTunes.)

AirFoil Speakers Touch now extends those capabilities to the iPhone and iPod touch. You can plug in headphones or dock your device to a speaker to listen in on the wirelessly shared playback. This is great for listening to audio that comes from a source other than iTunes or for streaming audio from iTunes to an iPhone or iPod touch that lacks space for the audio files.

AirFoil Speakers Touch is currently available as a free download from the App Store, and works in conjunction with Airfoil for Mac or Windows (both $25), which are available for download via Rogue Amoeba's Web site. Whether you're already a fan of AirFoil or are newly searching for a way to untether your audio, AirFoil Speakers Touch is worth checking out.

 

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