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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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FileMaker Pro Has Known Glitches under Leopard

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As the scramble to install Leopard spreads across the globe, we're learning more and more about what software works, and what doesn't, in Apple's eagerly awaited new operating system.

Lots of applications seem to work fine, though most developers are holding off on official statements of compatibility until they've had an opportunity to test their software with the final release version of Mac OS X 10.5, which most developers could first obtain last Friday, along with the rest of us.

A few applications have known problems running under Leopard, and the folks over at FileMaker, Inc. have posted an article in their knowledge base on FileMaker's compatibility with Leopard. The company says FileMaker Server 9 and FileMaker Server 9 Advanced don't currently "deploy properly on Leopard," and they're working on a compatibility update. FileMaker Pro 9 and FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced "generally run on Leopard," with two known issues:

  • Instant web publishing doesn't work
  • FileMaker only works if its language version matches the region set in the Mac's "International Formats Region" preference under System Preferences. (The English language version, for example, only works when the Mac is set to the United States region.)

The company says it has not tested versions of FileMaker prior to FileMaker 9 under Leopard, and has no plans to update earlier versions.

 

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