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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27 August 2012

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Transmit 4.2 -- Panic has released Transmit 4.2, which adds support for Notification Center in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and fixes some issues with graphics viewed on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. On supported MacBook Pro models, Transmit now uses only the integrated graphics processor. The update also fixes an issue when dragging files from Panic’s Coda 2 Web development app, and it no longer autofills your email address for eList signup. ($34 new, free update, 27.8 MB, release notes)

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CloudPull 2.1.3 -- Golden Hill Software has released CloudPull 2.1.3, a small update to the Google-data backup application that includes more sophisticated error handling and retry logic. With this update, CloudPull should experience fewer network issues or errors returned by Google’s servers that previously resulted in failed backups. The release also updates artwork for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display (though most non-Retina displays will also notice a modest improvement). ($24.99 new, free update, 8.3 MB, release notes)

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VMware Fusion 5 and Fusion 5 Professional -- VMware has updated its popular virtualization package VMware Fusion to version 5, splitting the app into two tiers with a standard version and a Professional version. Ready for the forthcoming Windows 8, Fusion 5 is optimized for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion — meaning that it can utilize AirPlay Mirroring to stream Windows apps to an HDTV while also providing support for USB 3.0 ports and Retina displays. The new release also offers improved support for Macs equipped with 16 GB of memory or more, faster reboot performance and 3D graphics, and optimized power management for longer battery life. New features include an updated virtual machine library for a more seamless transition between multiple operating systems, a graphics driver for Linux 3D desktops, and an embedded learning center for immediate support.

The Fusion 5 Professional version provides the same features as the standard app, but adds the capability of creating an encrypted virtual machine image that can prevent users from changing the settings and ensures compatibility with “more than 200 other operating systems.” Additionally, the Professional version includes a commercial license for VMware Player 5, which enables you to deploy restricted virtual machines on Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. You can upgrade to Fusion 5 Professional from Fusion 3 and 4 for $49.99, and this price is also offered to existing users of Parallels Desktop (which will be debuting its next version in early September). If you purchased Fusion 4 after 25 July 2012, you’re eligible for a free upgrade to the standard version of Fusion 5. ($49.99/99.99 new, 203 MB, release notes)

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