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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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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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Convert 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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About font formats

Different font formats offer advantages and disadvantages.

Frequently we get questions about the differences between font formats. What is a TrueType font? What is OpenType? Is that better than Postscript Type 1?

One of the keys to a problem-free workflow in creative production is having a working knowledge of font formats.

PostScript Type 1 Fonts

PostScript Type 1 fonts are high quality fonts that use the Postscript language to draw characters. This is significant because it allows the font to be scaled to virtually any size without loss of quality. Type 1 fonts have been the publishing industry standard for many years. The downside to these fonts are that they come in a 2-file format: a screen font and a printer font. These 2 files must always be together in the same folder. If the two files ever get separated then the font breaks and will not work. Also, Type 1 fonts on the Mac exists in a uniquely Mac format and therefore cannot be used in Windows, and vice-versa.

TrueType Fonts (.ttf)

TrueType fonts were created by Apple in an effort to solve some of the problems related scaling fonts. TrueType uses it’s own system to draw fonts at any size. TrueType fonts exist as a single file (not the 2-file system used by PostScript Type 1 fonts). The downside is that TrueType fonts do not implement the PostScript language as fully as PostScript Type 1 fonts – and that tends to create output problems for PostScript output devices.

TrueType Collection (.ttc)

The TrueType collection file is a container file that holds many TrueType fonts, usually related by font family.

OpenType Fonts (.otf)

OpenType is the up and coming standard in font formats. There are several significant advantages to the OpenType format. First, as with TrueType, the entire font is housed in a single file. Second, this file is cross platform – the same file can be used on a Mac or Windows platform with consistent results. Third, an OpenType font can contain either PostScript or TrueType outline data, so professional creative, print and publishing environments can continue to use PostScript fonts. Fourth, OpenType can support Unicode information which can contain thousands of characters including high quality ligatures, swash glyphs, and other advanced typographical features. This is a significant benefit over PostScript Type 1, which is limited to 256 characters. Mac OS X and Windows support OpenType fonts and Unicode information, making OpenType an excellent choice of font format.

Datafork Fonts (.dfont)

The dfont (Data Fork TrueType Font) is essentially a TrueType font repackaged in a data fork file. These were created by Apple to hold their own System fonts and are not typically supported on any other platform or font foundry.

Multiple Master Fonts

This special PostScript font allows modifications of one or more font parameters to create variations of the original font. While Multiple Master fonts are supported by Mac OS X, they have been falling “out of favor” and are no longer being actively developed by Adobe (the original creators of Multiple Master fonts).

FontXChange for Macintosh converts fonts between font formats, which allows you to have the font format that works best for your work flow environment.

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