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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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Toast 5 Titanium Adds Video CD Support

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Toast 5 Titanium Adds Video CD Support -- When Apple announced the CD and DVD burning capabilities of its new Macs, we wondered what it mean for Roxio's Toast, the current standard in media burning. Now, Roxio has released Toast 5 Titanium, a new version that can burn Video CDs which can be played on most DVD Video players. The new version also improves its MP3 Disc, Data CD, Audio CD, and CD Copy formats, includes background burning and a new interface, and adds support for Apple's iMovie and iTunes. Toast 5 Titanium is now shipping for $90. [JLC]



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