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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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As a gift for the public speaker or lecturer - including any businessman, academic, or scientist who goes to meetings - think of SpeechPrompter. It's a software program that emulates a teleprompter on a laptop computer and allows the user to show graphics such as slides and movies to the audience while the speech scrolls for the speaker. The program is available both for Mac and for Windows, and it can save a bundle on making 35 mm slides. SpeechPrompter lists for $89.95 and can be ordered via the Web. [Al Feldzamen <>]


Nisus Writer and a Newton

For my sister - a fellow Mac user - I'm getting the new Nisus Writer 5.0 (and I'm looking forward to seeing it in action too!). Me? I wish someone would get me a Newton MessagePad 2000 when they finally appear, hopefully bundled with a Newton version of FileMaker Pro. [Ala'a H. Jawad <>]


Zip and Jaz Drives

The best gift for 1996 remains the Zip drive - it's affordable, easily installable, and comes with back-up software that every Mac aficionado ought to run on a regular basis. For those on your gift list who already own a Zip drive, then a gift set of cartridges would be indeed be appreciated. Of course, if someone wants to give me a gift, I'd love a Jaz drive. [<>]


Cyberian Outpost is offering TidBITS readers deals on the Zip drive ($189.95, $5 off, and there's a $50 rebate), the Jaz drive ($489.95, $8 off), and single Jaz disks ($117.95, $5 off) via the URLs below.



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