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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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Spaceward Ho! Details

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Spaceward Ho!
Delta Tao Software, Inc.
760 Harvard St.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087


9 Penguins out of a possible 10

Summary: -- Spaceward Ho! is a "conquer the universe" game by Delta Tao Software, the small company that challenged the graphics software powers-that-be with Color MacCheese. It is simple to learn and play, but retains its appeal even after you've mastered the nuances of the game. Most of the people responding to our survey used the word "addicted" at some point or another. One feature that endears Spaceward Ho! to players is its ability to be played by multiple people over a network, thus vastly increasing the complexity and interest of the game. Respondents did mention a few primarily cosmetic bugs, but the company has already promised a free upgrade.

User Evaluation: (on a scale of 0 to 10)

Number of responses: 11
Ease of installation: 10
Ease of learning: 8
Ease of use: 9
Power & usefulness: 9
Documentation: 8
Technical support: 8
Overall evaluation: 9

Price and Availability: -- Being a new program from a small company, Spaceward Ho! is not yet readily available at many dealers and mail order vendors. Spaceward Ho! is available from Mac's Place, a relative newcomer to the mail order market for a nominal $35. As far as retail price goes, who knows? Nobody pays retail anymore, except people who go to authorized Apple dealers.


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