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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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Free "Take Control of VMware Fusion 3" Simplifies Windows on a Mac

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Thanks to sponsorship from VMware, we are pleased to provide Joe Kissell's new "Take Control of VMware Fusion 3" for free. In Fusion 3, VMware added 64-bit optimization for Snow Leopard users, Windows 7 support, a simplified process for porting a physical Windows installation to a virtual Mac installation, and better support for graphically intense applications.

Joe covers all this, plus walks readers step-by-step through many possibilities for installing Windows on a Mac, the best ways to configure Fusion, techniques for working effectively in Windows with Mac hardware, and much more.

To help readers further explore the Take Control series, "Take Control of VMware Fusion 3" also comes with a coupon code worth 50 percent off one ebook order.

Print copies of "Take Control of VMware Fusion 3" are also available for $12.99.

If you'd like an idea of what's involved in running Windows on your Mac with Fusion (or even more generally), we published a slightly edited excerpt that explains the topic over on the Take Control site.

 

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Comments about Free "Take Control of VMware Fusion 3" Simplifies Windows on a Mac

Does Joe Kissell also cover the question how to get a VMware Fusion version without anti-virus software?

I know about the 'lite' version, however, it's sold for the same price as the 'standard' version including rather bloated anti-virus software.
Joe Kissell  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-10-28 09:40
I don't mention the Lite version in the book, under the assumption that Windows antivirus software is highly desirable, and all the more so if it's free! You don't have to actually install the antivirus software if you don't want to, even if you download the full version - but at least you have it if you want it. It's true that it makes the Fusion download larger, but I consider that extra size well worth it.
VMWare Fusion has come with AV software for quite a while. I do not install it. WHat I do is I backup the initial image. If anything happens, I simply restore the original backup and start over. For people where this is not sensible, I'd suggest Avast! (or AVG, though recent versions seem too bloated for me).
Bravo to the sponsor, Joe, and the TC staff for making this available -- another example of how Take Control Books and TidBITS do things right ... for all concerned. Our thanks!