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    Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    This may seem an odd request, but I need just one character in a special True Type font modified. Does anyone know of any free software which will allow me to copy one character representing a formation of 6 braille dots, make all six dots the same size, and replace the space character with the modified character? I'm even happy to consider paying to have this done.

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    Re: Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    It's not an odd request at all but it is odd that it was raised in the Word forum. Have you done a search in the Software Finds and Wants forum? A quick search on Google reveals plenty.
    With the number of free tools around to do font touchups you should be able to do this yourself without having to pay.
    Windows XP even has a tool built in so you might aleady have one loaded
    Windows Font Editor - Eudcedit.exe
    Listing of many font editors
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    Re: Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    I hadn't thought of editing fonts before, but these editors may come in handy <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>.
    Just one comment to the first article, Eudcedit.exe is also in non-SP2 XP machines. At least it is in mine, which I haven't SP'd yet despite strong advice from loungers here.
    Thanks for the links.
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    Re: Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    Hi Andrew

    I've long sought a truetype font editor that would run on 98. It's been a bit of a holy graille in the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware forums and AFAIK it doesn't exist. A couple of those on your list may qualify as freeware, but with special requirements or restrictions. Do you know of a genuinely freeware package that's available?

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    Re: Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    George

    The only one I'm familiar with is Softy, which is shareware. Just as an aside, I guess you know that if you distribute documents containing your modified font, the user machine will also need to have your modified .TTF installed, in order to "see" your modifications properly.

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    Re: Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    <hr>... the user machine will also need to have your modified .TTF installed... <hr>
    Alan's point is an excellent one. I used to work for the Distance Learning Division of our educational television network (KET) and one of my early tasks was the creation of special fonts for the teachers of Physics, German and Latin classes. At the beginning of each school term, we would distribute a CD to all schools/students containing various software and FONTS for them to install on their machines. I've been "retired" from that job for about three years, so I don't know if they still do it. I used Fontographer ($$ !!) and prior to that a commercial product whose name I don't remember (it was terminated). I also have never been able to find a freeware product.

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    Re: Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    Al,
    If the modified font is in fact a True Type Font, would embedding the font in the document circumvent this restriction? (Tools>Options>Save Tab>Embed True Type fonts)
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    Re: Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    I don't know the answer to that one, John, since I'm only a modest Word user and have never done that. One of the Word experts would have to say, or I guess one could "test" it easily enough. In my example (KET) we had not only Word documents, but web pages (lessons) and a number of other areas where the font had to be installed locally.

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    Re: Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    This actually depends on the font license, but I suspect that any tool that allows you to create a font yourself is likely to leave it enabled for editing when embedded.

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    Re: Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    My experience with this is from back in the days of Windows .HLP files, based on RTF source files. There was no "font embedding" capability there, so the font had to be installed on the user machine for the help engine to render things properly. I believe that back then (Word 2.0 I think) that a TTF could "travel" with the document, as Rebel suggests, but this could make each such document significantly larger.

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    Re: Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    When you embed a font, you can chose between embedding the whole font, or characters in use only. If there are only one or two characters then it should be OK to embed it without causing bloat.

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    Re: Font - Modifying (Word 2003)

    Thanks Stuart - didn't know that. I'll have to see if anything else has changed since Word 2.0! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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