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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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Suitcase Fusion 4

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Font management utility Suitcase Fusion from Extensis has been updated to version 4 with a wealth of new features. It introduces the Extensis Font Panel to Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, enabling you to activate fonts on the fly. Additionally, WebINK users can use the Font Panel in Photoshop to create design comps and previews using WebINK fonts. An auto-activation plug-in has been added for Adobe InCopy CS4, CS5, and CS5.5, ensuring that shared InDesign documents will display the same fonts. Other additions include the capability to set font and background colors used in the Previews pane, easier selection of fonts for grouped sets and favorites, display of both PostScript font names and font names as they appear in your app’s Fonts menu, and free access to over 500 font families from Google Web Fonts. ($99.95 new, $49.95 upgrade from previous versions, 63 MB, release notes)

 

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