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    character map in mac?

    Hi ... I've been using mac for only 2 days...

    Does mac have a 'character map' like windows? Or is there something similar to character map where I can view all the font designs?

    Regarding fonts again... hmm when I go to the font folder and double click on a font, the font doesn't open unless I choose an application to open with. What application should I use to open and view the font?

    Thanks a lot...

    - CA

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    Hi Carine,

    Fonts can be opened with Font Book - application. If you have 10.3, it is located in your Applications folder.

    You can see the charachter map on the menu bar. Go to System Preferences, in there to International > Input Menu. Select in that all the layouts you want to use (e.g. US, Italian PRO), and select "Charachter Palette". Then you will see a small flag on your menubar to indicate your keyboard layout; scrolling down from the flag you will see charachter palette, and if you clikc on that it opens a new window.

    Furthermore, many letters like etc have a fast shortcut to be done, alt-something, so alt-u and then the letter for etc, alt-n for , alt-e for , alt-` for and so on.
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    oh yes!! I managed to find what I wanted!! Thanks a lot!!! =)

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    Np. Which letters were you missing by the way?
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    I only wanted to get the 'character palette' so that I could view the different fonts esp. those graphic symbols... =)

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    Alternatively, in the Finder go to Edit/Special Charchters.
    Brings up a menu that's more screen-friendly than Fontbook.
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    May be a nice new iMac G5...

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    I have to say that character maps on the Mac are so much easier than using it on Windows thanks to the way Apple uses the Option key. It's so much nicer to use that and a letter to get the character you want. I hate how it is on Windows and even on Gnome and KDE. It sucks having to go into another program just to copy and paste on little character. And no, memorizing the Alt+ASCII# doesn't make it easier. Option-N and "N" is much easier to get that little tilde over the N. One more reason to use a Mac.

    OK...rant's over
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    I'm actually used to memorizing the alt+ASCII number. I just switched from PC to Mac a couple of weeks ago. I still use my PC.....as a file server..lol.

    I found the Character Palette in both the finder and fontbook. I just cannot figure out how to configure the hotkeys for the special characters
    Last edited by darkhighway; March 26th, 2005 at 12:10 PM. Reason: clarity

 

 
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