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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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Take Control of Apple TV, Chapter 7: Rock Out with Apple TV

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This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of Apple TV,” by Josh Centers, scheduled for public release in January 2014. Apart from “Chapter 1: Introducing Apple TV,” these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “‘Take Control of Apple TV’ Streaming in TidBITS” for details.

Rock Out with Apple TV

The Apple TV isn’t just a great device to watch movies and TV — it’s also a fantastic hub for all your audio. This chapter kicks off with a quick look at the important topic of improving sound quality and then cruises through the most important audio apps on the Apple TV.

In The Music App, I talk about how you can buy music from Apple and play your previous purchases. And, in The iTunes Radio App, I look at how you can play featured stations created by Apple or make your own. Of course, you can also access music from The Computers App, even if its not from Apple, or you may want to learn how to Rip CDs for Apple TV. Plus, you can also listen to The (Internet) Radio App on your Apple TV.

With all the music covered, it’s time to talk about The Podcasts App. Finally, the chapter closes with a careful look at how to AirPlay Audio from Your Mac to an Apple TV.

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