Converting Mac fonts to PC

benjancewicz's picture

I've got some PostScript Type 1 outline fonts that I need to convert for use on a PC.
What tool is the best to use?

ralf h.'s picture

If the font EULA permits it, I would recommend TransType
http://www.fontlab.com/font-converter/transtype/

You could also try Crossfont:
http://www.asy.com/scrcf.htm
(Be aware that you cannot simply copy a Mac OS Classic font to Windows. The resource fork will get lost.)

benjancewicz's picture

Hmm, it doesn't look like TransType will work on OSX Lion, and Crossfont is only for PC.

Any other ideas?

Té Rowan's picture

I think FontForge can do it and pour you a cuppa.

gargoyle's picture

Crossfont handles archived or binhexed fonts containing the resource fork. More explanation here: http://www.asy.com/helpcf.htm#copymac

There's also FontXChange for Mac, which is an Intel app so should run on Lion: http://www.fontgear.net/fontxchange.html

FontForge is certainly capable, though perhaps a bit less straightforward— you'll probably want to consult Google:
http://www.google.com/search?q=fontforge+convert+mac+pc

HVB's picture

For any cross-environment migration or conversion, font-related or otherwise, I've always recommended doing the conversion on the TARGET system, if possible. The big advantage is that you can immediately test the result.

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