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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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Google Earth 6

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You’ve got the whole world in your hands—or at least on your Mac—with Google Earth. Google has bumped the globetrotting software to version 6, which is now available for Intel-based Macs only. The new version adds access to a variety of views, including Street View, 3D trees, and historical imagery. Other additions include ground-level navigation, 3D measurements, and improvements to the Tour Recorder. Google Earth requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later. Note that Google Earth 6 turns out to be a beta, something that wasn't initially clear; it may be worth waiting for an official release to upgrade. (Free, 53.3 MB)

 

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Comments about Google Earth 6
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barefootguru  2010-12-01 14:22
Note this is a beta release. The latest stable release is still 5.2.1.1588
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-12-03 16:16
Drat, didn't see that. Normally we don't bother covering betas.
Gary Kellogg  2010-12-03 15:50
I rely on Google Earth for business and use it a lot every day. I find this release painfully sluggish. Generally has an unstable feel to it, particularly in transitions to and from street view. More than half the time, it crashed upon close. User interface is even more fussy than version 5. New features do not enhance the experience or add useful information for me, so I am sticking with version 5 for at least awhile--until maybe a half dozen or more version 6 cough, cough "beta" builds are released. I do not know if versions 5 and 6 can coexist on a machine.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-12-03 16:17
Out of curiousity, in what way do you rely on Google Earth for business?
Gary Kellogg  2010-12-05 17:07
I own a company that has a department that does roof and gutter cleaning. We can tell enough from Google Earth and Bing maps so that we often don't need to visit the location at all in order to qualify the location (i.e. decide if we want to give a quote). About half the time we can give a quote directly. Saves gobs of gas and time.
Michael Babcock  2010-12-07 14:25
Google Earth 6 won't launch on my computer -- it shows the start-up tip screen in front and then crashes before the tip even displays. I'm running 10.6.5.