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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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Dropbox 1.6.5

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If you’re a Dropbox user running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or earlier, you might have noticed that notifications have been missing. Happily, Dropbox 1.6.5 fixes that problem, and it ensures that Dropbox autostarts after updating and fixes an issue with icon overlays in the Dropbox folder. If you aren’t sure which iteration of Dropbox you’re running, hover over the Dropbox icon in the menu to see the version in a tooltip, and if the main Dropbox download link gives you an older version, check the Dropbox forums. (Free, 23.1 MB, release notes)

 

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Comments about Dropbox 1.6.5

Sean McGrath  2012-12-17 07:12
The download install page says 1.6.5 but gives you 1.6.2.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-12-17 08:01
People ran into this with 1.6.2 too, and we never figured out what Dropbox's problem is. Every time I try to download, using multiple Macs and multiple browsers, sometimes logged-in, sometimes not, I get the advertised version correctly.

There seem to be two solutions. First, if you go to the Dropbox Forums, there's always a thread about the latest stable release that links to a direct download. In this case, it's:

https://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=94256

Second, in your Dropbox account settings on the Web, there's an option labeled "Include me on early releases." It seems that if you select that, you'll get auto-updates. It's entirely unclear why Dropbox would push a stable update to the main download page without auto-updating existing customers.
It is now v. 1.6.11.