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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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Updates to Action Files 1.5.4 & Action Menus 1.0.2

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Updates to Action Files 1.5.4 & Action Menus 1.0.2 -- Power On Software has released a pair of minor updates to Action Files and Action Menus, the company's $30 utilities for enhancing Open and Save dialog boxes and for creating custom menus and keyboard shortcuts. (See "Get a Piece of the ACTION Files" in TidBITS-434 and "Now Menus Reincarnated as Action Menus" in TidBITS-503.) Action Files 1.5.4 improves compatibility with several applications (BBEdit 6, Adobe Photoshop 6, Adobe Illustrator 9, Microsoft Word 2001, and CodeWarrior), addresses some compatibility issues with Mac OS 8.1 and earlier versions, and fixes a bug that prevented some items from showing up in the Recent Item list. Action Menus 1.0.2 addresses similar Mac OS 8.1 and earlier compatibility issues, fixes a bug that hampered custom keyboard command creation and deletion under Mac OS 9.0.x, fixes a bug that prevented documents created by certain applications from showing up properly in Recent Items menus, and fixes a bug with Multi-Action Menu Commands under Mac OS 9.0.x. Although the updates are unquestionably minor, they are free (just install the demos to upgrade), and since they patch the Mac OS at a low level, it's probably worth upgrading when you get a chance. Action Files 1.5.4 is a 2.3 MB download; Action Menus 1.0.2 checks in at 2.2 MB. (And while we're on the topic, kudos to Power On's Now Up-to-Date & Contact, which has reportedly taken over the number one sales position in Japan in the scheduling and project management category on any platform, outpacing even Microsoft Project and Lotus Organizer on Windows.) [ACE]

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