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Today I discovered that a font that I've been using for the past month is actually a MS Windows' True Type Font. I've just copied even more windows TTF into the Fonts folder and sure enough all of them work! I didn't even have to reboot or relogin for them to take effect.

Wheeee, off I go to show it off to those PC people. Thank you, OS X!

[Editor's note: This works as described, and probably as expected, since it's Apple's technology. What I can't remember from OS 9, though, is whether the fonts needed to be converted first.]
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Windows TTF on OSX
Authored by: charlietuna on Nov 09, '01 01:17:28PM

On OS 9 and under (hereafter referred to OS9-) you would need to convert the fonts becuase of some resource fork issues. Fonts on OS X no longer need resource forks for the same reasons, and for the most part fonts don't need RFs at all!

An interesting thing to do is to get a full Unicode font. Bitstream released one for free a few years ago called "Cyberbit" that had a very complete Unicode character set. Currently, this font is no longer available from Bitstream, but a lot of internet software archives and mirrors still have it. I found it as "Cyberbit.ZIP" I can't say whether it works as it should or not, becuase I don't read any non-Western languages. But the characters for many languages are there. I believe you need to use OmniWeb to get the most out of this font. To see it in action, google search "unicode test page" after you have it installed and set up in your browser preferences.

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Windows TTF on OSX
Authored by: _merlin on Nov 10, '01 12:32:51AM

Bitstream CyberBit is not available from Bitstream anymore because of all the problems it has. A good Unicode font should not implement characters it doesn't have glyphs for. CyberBit, CyberCJK and CyberBase all implement characters they don't have glyphs for. This causes various russian and Japanese characters not to display correctly on Mac OS X (I had them installed myself, so I know this from experience). Better Unicode fonts are Lucida Unicode MS from Microsoft (, and Code 2000 from James Kass (

A site where you can test your computer's Unicode implementation is

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Windows TTF on OSX
Authored by: igor_k on Nov 27, '01 03:51:29PM

I found all of your comments very helpful. I am a native Russian, and naturally I enabled the support for the Cyrillic alphabet in my OS X. However, I was quite upset when I found out that the font that Apple has chosen to be the System font isn't a full character unicode set. So when I am browesing the Cyrillic based web pages the window titles are displayed in gibberish. Apple incleded a few Cyrillic fonts to "support" the Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian languages but they are really lousy looking. I am looking forward to time when Apple will make it possible for the users to choose their own System font, and when more full character unicode fonts will become available.

If you have any comments/suggestions on what I just said feel free to contact me.

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