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FontXChange for Windows now available…

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CHARLOTTE, NC – FontGear, Inc. of Charlotte, NC announced today the introductory release of FontXChange for Windows.

FontXChange is a powerful, easy to use font-conversion application that will convert fonts between common font formats.

FontXChange can easily convert fonts to OpenType (PS), Web Fonts (WOFF, SVG, EOT), PostScript Type 1, and TrueType for both Macintosh or Windows.

FontXChange has long been available for Apple Macintosh, and is now offered for Windows XP, Vista, and 7

John Morrison, President of FontGear said “We have been part of the Mac community for a long time and are excited to use our knowledge of fonts to serve those on the Windows platform. This release of FontXChange for Windows is another example of that effort.”

Useful features include:

  • Batch processing for converting entire font libraries
  • Easily convert font files between platforms (Mac and Windows) and for the web.
  • Font inspection window with preview
  • Support for many font encodings, including Adobe Standard, Unicode, Mac Roman, and Windows ANSI, and European.

• FontXChange is compatible with WIndows XP, Vista, and 7

• A free demonstration version can be downloaded from www.FontGear.net

• FontXChange is available for $99.00/Single User License

• FontXChange can be ordered and downloaded from our website at http://www.FontGear.net using all major credit cards, or by calling 1-800-583-2917.

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Mac OS X Font Update

Apple recently announced an update (Mac OS X 10.6.7) that fixes known problems related to OpenType fonts.

We are recommending that this update be downloaded and installed by all users.

More information here

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FontXChange 3.0 converts web fonts (SVG, WOFF, EOT)

Today we released version 3 of FontXChange, our font conversion utility for Macintosh.

FontXChange converts font files from one format to another.

Version 3 includes expanded web font support for conversion to WOFF, SVG, and EOT font formats, and new features to create HTML examples using the “@font-face” tags for converted web fonts for easy font support on your websites.

Other features include a completely updated user interface and font previewing, conversion support for OpenType, TrueType, and PostScript Type 1 for Mac and Windows.

Read more here…

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Firefox 4 to support OpenType features

OpenType features available in many webfonts have not been widely supported by web browsers. Ralf Herrmann explains that his is about to change with the upcoming release of Firefox 4.

 

Read more here

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FontDoctor owners get 50% discount

We often get questions about “crossgrade” discounts for our existing customers. A crossgrade is a discounted software purchase usually available only to current customers. It’s sort of a way to say “thank you” to loyal users.

If you already own FontDoctor (i.e. have a valid FontDoctor 7.x serial number) then you can order FontXChange (our Mac font converter) for only $49.99 for the Single User License. That’s half off the full price. Nice.

All you need is your current FontDoctor serial number and then just click here

 

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QuickTips: Converting to OpenType

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OpenType to the rescue!!

For years now there have been basically two different font formats floating around in the design world – PostScript Type 1 fonts and TrueType fonts. Without going into a bunch of boring techno-gobbledegook, the main difference between them is that PostScript fonts are used in serious design and publishing, and TrueType fonts are for dumb business stuff, like Word and Excel.

Of course the geniuses who came up with how PostScript fonts work thought it would be really neat to split one typeface into two separate files (a screen font file and a printer font file). That way if the files ever got separated the font would break and you couldn’t use it any longer. Makes perfectly good sense to me.

And so that’s a problem because they get separated all the time, so of course your design job gets ruined at the printer and your client is mad because their super-de-duper project is late, and you lose their business and can’t pay your bills and then have to find a new career.

Now – here’s a crazy idea (hold on to your latte) what if someone came up with a way to put the two files into a single file?

Introducing OpenType …the best of all worlds in a single file.

OpenType combines all the best features of PostScript and TrueType into a single file that can never be separated and works on both Mac and Windows. Now that’s commitment.

Of course the downside is that you might have to buy a whole new font library (only $2500!!!!!) if you want to use the newer OpenType format.

Want to just convert your old fonts to OpenType?

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Understanding OpenType font features

OpenType fonts deploy powerful typographic features that you may not know about.

Here’s an excerpt from a helpful article on the ILoveTypography.com website:

“The Type1 format where 256 characters are assigned to keys on our keyboard, is becoming a thing of the past. We now design and produce OpenType fonts which can consist of thousands of characters — additional ligatures, various figure sets, small caps, stylistic alternates, … — referred to as glyphs. With these many sets of glyphs integrated in a single font, we are faced with the challenge of including definitions instructing the applications we’re using when to show which glyph. Simply adding a glyph with a ligature to your font doesn’t mean the application you’re using knows when or how to apply it. Whether you want your typeface to change the sequence of f|f|i into the appropriate ligature or want to use old-style figures instead of tabular, you’ll need to add features to your font — glyph substitution definitions — to make it happen.

In this article we’ll give you a look behind the scenes of OpenType substitution features — a general rather than comprehensive overview as the subject is simply too vast. We’ll start casually and work our way to more complex features and ideas. All examples that we will discuss should be considered starting points, just to pique your interest. Read on and find out that it’s really not difficult!”

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Converting your fonts to OpenType

Software converts entire font libraries to OpenType in one click.

OpenType is a newer font file format that has been designed from the ground up with the future in mind. (read previous post about OpenType here) Since OpenType offers so many benefits, people often ask us how to get OpenType versions of their fonts.

FontXChange converts fonts from one format to another – including OpenType – and it does it quickly and easily.

Here’s how:

1. Download FontXChange for Macintosh here

2. Double-click the FontXChange application icon

3. Drag and drop your fonts into the main window of FontXChange

4. Select the OpenType format button

5. Click the  “Convert” button

FontXChange for Macintosh

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A word about font encoding

Font encoding connects keystrokes to font characters.

Font encoding is one of those sortof geeky terms that often gets thrown about among the font saavy. If you’ve worked with fonts for any amount of time then you will almost certainly have heard about font encoding. And though you may have heard about font encoding, what it actually  means may remain fuzzy to you.

“Font encoding” (or “Character encoding” as it is sometimes called) is basically a system of numbers (or “codes”) used by computers to know what character to show when you type a given key on your keyboard. Each character has a code, and each key on your keyboard has a code.

It’s a little like Morse Code – each letter in the English alphabet is represented by a specific series of dot and dashes (i.e. a code). But what would happen if I needed to telegraph someone in Korea using the Korean language? How would the dots and dashes get translated into something intelligible? in the same way, when I type on a computer keyboard using a Korean language font, how does the computer know what character(s) to show? Font encoding makes that sort of scenario possible.

Broadly speaking, font encoding utilizes a system of character maps that connect character codes to keyboard keys. using this system, computers can know what character to show in any language. As you can imagine, there are many differnt font encodings – Western Europe, Cyrillic, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, etc. As such, a font encoding should match the keyboard of the computer the font is being used on.

When the font encoding does not match the keys of it’s host computer, then you have font problems. Wrong characters show up with wrong keystrokes.

Usually this is not an issue – but with the movement towards OpenType as a font standard on Windows and Mac, it is a consideration when converting fonts between formats. Some older formats support only older English encodings, and others can handle many differnt encodings in a single font file.

FontXChange for Macintosh converts fonts to many formats (inculding OpenType) and handles font encoding automatically for you.

If, however, you would like to specify a certain font encoding when converting fonts then you can use the Preferences window in FontXChange to set the preferred encoding.

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