Converting TrueType Fonts between Windows and Macintosh

    Converting TrueType Fonts between Windows and Macintosh

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    The Problem

    You want a TrueType font that’s being used by one of your Windows-using coworkers, but you’re using a Macintosh.

    The Spin

    This is a particularly vexing problem because it needn’t have been an issue at all. TrueType fonts were designed to be self-contained and portable, and ought to be trivially cross-platform as well.

    Windows stores TrueType fonts in flat files which have a .TTF extension. Rather than treat these portable gems as a special case – fonts and suitcases have always been strange ducks with slightly different behaviors than files and folders – the Macintosh world wants to use it’s data-and-resources file structure. So the TrueType data is placed in ‘sfnt’ resources and be identified as a font by a ‘FOND’ resource.

    The Solution

    TTConverter, by Chris Reed, elegantly converts TrueType fonts between the two operating systems.

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    Converting TrueType Fonts between Windows and Macintosh

    Converting TrueType Fonts between Windows and Macintosh

    .

    The Problem

    You want a TrueType font that’s being used by one of your Windows-using coworkers, but you’re using a Macintosh.

    The Spin

    This is a particularly vexing problem because it needn’t have been an issue at all. TrueType fonts were designed to be self-contained and portable, and ought to be trivially cross-platform as well.

    Windows stores TrueType fonts in flat files which have a .TTF extension. Rather than treat these portable gems as a special case – fonts and suitcases have always been strange ducks with slightly different behaviors than files and folders – the Macintosh world wants to use it’s data-and-resources file structure. So the TrueType data is placed in ‘sfnt’ resources and be identified as a font by a ‘FOND’ resource.

    The Solution

    TTConverter, by Chris Reed, elegantly converts TrueType fonts between the two operating systems.

    This page

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    1993-2006 by ,

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