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FAQ TransType

Problem: after converting a font from Mac to Windows Windows font installer cannot recognize this font.

Solution: usually this happens when you convert a Type 1 (PostScript) font from Mac, where these fonts are supported by the operating system to Windows. Only Windows 2000/XP can work with Type 1 fonts, if you are using any other version of Windows (95, 98, ME or Windows NT 4.0) you need to install Adobe Type Manager.

You can download it from this location.

After downloading and installing use Type Manager's Control Panel to install Type 1 fonts.

Problem: after purchasing and registering TransType I had to replace (or format) my hard disk so registration information is lost. What I have to do to?

Solution: contact our This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and include the current TransType serial number or any other information related to your copy of TransType.

Problem: I am trying to convert Mac files to PC using Windows version of TransType. How to add Mac fonts to the source list — it seems that all of them are ignored by TransType.

Solution: the problem is with accessing Mac files (not just font files!) on the PC. Their file systems are very different, so it is not easy to do.


There are two general ways to work with Mac files on a Windows computer:

1. Pack the font file(s) on the Mac into one of the exchange formats: MacBinary (.bin extension) or BinHex (.hqx). Move these files to the PC and add them to the TransType source window — TransType will "unpack" them and get all the Mac-specific information that it needs to convert the fonts. On the Mac you can use the following utility to convert font files to MacBinary format (which is more compact than BinHex):

MacBinary II+

2. Install MacDrive 2000 on your Windows computer — a program that allows you to "see" Mac files from a Windows computer. TransType can work with this program and uses it to access Mac font files. Please note that TransType doesn't work with other similar systems and that sometimes MacDrive doesn't work either.

Technical Notes

How to create Macintosh font family SUITCASE
    version 1.0 FontLab 3.1/Mac
    #001 11/5/2001 (PDF: 328Kb, 14 pages)  

Keyboard Shortcuts
    version 1.0 FontLab 3.1/Mac
    #002 11/29/2001 (PDF: 165Kb, 17 pages)