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Using PC fonts on a Mac

Please note: On older Mac systems, converted PC fonts are NOT able to print out.

Newer systems, including Mac OSX, accept every font format available, without conversion, including PC fonts! All you need to do is unzip the font and place it in the appropriate Font Folder inside the system library (consult your Mac help, there are several folders from which you can choose) and the font will be available!

How To Un-zip PC Winzip Files To A Mac

Most (if not all) Mac users already have Stuffit Expander. This program is capable of unzipping the PC WinZIP files, and in most cases, it is set up to do this automatically.

If for some reason your Mac does not have Stuffit Expander, you will need ZipIt to decompress the PC winzip files. Once you have downloaded and installed ZipIt, follow these directions:

1. Download and save the "font.zip" file you want to a folder you will remember.

2. Double-click ZipIt.

3. Open zip archive...OR...Simply drag the icon of the font file to the ZipIt icon, then...

4. Select All from the Edit menu

5. Extract (command e) from Zip menu

6. Save All

How To Convert PC Fonts For Use On A Mac Using TT-Converter

You will need TT-Converter. TT-Converter converts between formats, NOT between font types. It will convert back and forth from PC to Mac TrueType and from PC to Mac PostScript. It can not convert between TrueType and PostScript formats. Once you have downloaded and installed TT-Converter, follow these directions:

1. Open TT-Converter and from within the program, open the .ttf file you wish to convert...OR...Simply drag your .ttf files onto the TT-Converter icon.

2. A dialog box will now appear.

3. If the highlighted box ("Save Converted Font As") has a name in it, skip to step 6, if it DOESN'T already have a name in it, type the Font Name you know you downloaded it as, then continue to step 4.

4. Click "Customize Font," which brings up another dialog box.

5. Ignore most of it. Enter the name(from Step 3) into the "Font Name" box.

6.Click "OK" in that dialog box.

7.Click "Save" in the next dialog box (Keep ignoring everything else)

You should now have successfully converted a PC font for use on a Mac!

To Actually Install Your Newly Converted Fonts Onto Your Mac

Drag the font(s) (inside the folder labeled with the "A" or out by itself) to the "Font Folder" inside your System Folder...OR... Simply drag the font(s) to your System Folder, and click "OK" in the dialog box that automatically comes up.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

-Do not create or put fonts into new, non-font folders inside the Font Folder.

-Only after you've loaded the font can you start the program you want to use it in.

-Sometimes, newly added fonts do not show up in your font lists until you restart your Mac.