FontXChange
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Convert fonts to OpenType, PostScript or TrueType.   Demo ($99.00)
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FontXChange can easily convert fonts to OpenType (PS), PostScript Type 1, and TrueType for both Mac or Windows. Useful features include:
  • Batch processing for converting entire font libraries
  • Preferences to set font encodings
  • Font inspection window with preview
  • Support for many font encodings, including Adobe Standard, Unicode, Mac Roman, and Windows ANSI, and European.
FontXChange is designed to understand many different font formats and can convert fonts into many different formats. This makes FontXChange useful to:
  • Convert PostScript
What's New
Version 4.0.0:
  • Includes a new font properties window for modifying font names (including font menu name, family name, and PostScript name)
  • Enhanced support for OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Better support for TrueType Collections
  • Miscellaneous other improvements
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Fced reviewed on 22 Jul 2012
Very useful to Snow or upper system users which have old OS9 fonts to convert...
It work perfectly...
I put 4 stars in Value, but it's very relative, in comparison a font price, 99$ is nothing...
I put 3.5 stars in Stability, because sometimes FF process is crashing, but it seem to don't cause problem to Fontxchange because the software is doing the job...
[Version 4.0.0]


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Maclover1.1 commented on 31 May 2012
Seems unable to choose an export folder on Lion.. somehow incompatible with the Finder ?!? Have to Force Quit it to regain control of my computer.. Odd. Had not used this for ages.. and just noticed this.
[Version 3.1.1]


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macplytdy reviewed on 17 Apr 2012
Not worked for me. In fact it corrupted my most basic font Times New Roman so it shows a decorative face when viewing documents using TNR.
[Version 3.1.1]

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FontGear Inc (developer) replied on 22 May 2012
Not sure how it could have corrupted a font since FontXChange does nothing to the original font file (it creates a converted version in a new folder).
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Rubaiyat reviewed on 09 Feb 2012
A long time user but hadn't upgraded due to not having any recent fonts to convert. Glad to see they have included the ability to import folders.

It still needs some tools to turn off non-candidate fonts and duplicates.

Also I still need to quit and restart just to clear off finished fonts. Faster than selecting and removing everything from the list. A "Clear" button should do the job.

Otherwise it continues to do a good job of converting to otf and web fonts.

It remains a very useful tool in my arsenal. Not sure I'd pay $99 for a new licence though.
[Version 3.1.1]


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macplytdy reviewed on 25 Sep 2011
not as described/ will not perform but support is great. Can't say the same for the product. Too many glitches EVERYtime I go to give it one more try, after all I paid for it.
[Version 3.1.1]


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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 07 Dec 2010
I like FontXChange and use it regularly. But version 3 changes the window background from alternating light blue and white lines to a dark charcoal gray which I find disagreeable. There are some places where this kind of interface color works; in my opinion FontXChange is not one of them. It seems like they changed it just for the sake of change without regard to how useful or appealing it would be.
[Version 3.0.0]


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Rubaiyat reviewed on 08 Jun 2010
Fast, clean application.

Lets me convert all those odds and sods PC fonts particularly the ttf and PC type 1 with the cryptic names to otf which I mark as conversions, because there may be an issue with glyph sets.

To those who ask why not run them as is, in OSX?

1. Can't use PC Type 1

2. PC type 1 fonts don't preview in Finder

3. Names are usually indecipherable in older PC fonts

4. It acts as a verification of the font.

5. Most modern software runs better with otf fonts

6. They are now completely cross-platform without needing to check and double check.

7. Can bypass the non-embed flag in PC fonts

8. Can now create web fonts!!!! Yay!!!!

Only things I'd ask for is different file selection and grouping in same folder of font familes/collections.

I'd like to be able to browse to a folder full of fonts and select the folder and tell it to convert with optionally a separate target folder for the converted fonts, with a log listing the results.

If the interface stays as is, I'd like it to auto-deselect fonts already converted in the list, so I don't have to manually do it or delete them.
[Version 2.5.0]

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Fontgear Support (developer) replied on 09 Jun 2010
Thanks for the comments - glad you found it useful. Agree with you on the PC font questions. Also, I'll pass along your helpful suggestions.
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Knucklesh reviewed on 30 Oct 2009
This appears to be just a front end, albeit a relatively nice one, to the open source fontforge ( http://fontforge.sourceforge.net ) library. If you don't mind working under x-windows, download the mac binaries, which includes a gui, and save yourself $100.
[Version 2.1.1]

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Fontgear Support replied on 07 Sep 2010
nope - ff is included as a lib, just like freetype is (and others).
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Bela reviewed on 29 Oct 2009
This is an attractive, intuitive application. Works quickly and superficially appears to work well.

Be very careful using postscript type1 -> otf conversions. In my experience (~50 fonts across many different foundries and designers) essentially no valid kerning pair data is transferred to the otf. Hence, the conversions cannot be used in text layouts or anywhere else the fonts' original kerning data are needed. It might be fine for display fonts where manual kerning is appropriate anyway. This is a particularly egregious bug for a purported professional typographic application. Caveat emptor!

As an aside, Font Gear, Inc. has been contacted about this problem and was sent comprehensive examples. Their only reply so far was a suggestion to turn OFF the preference item and see what happens. (perhap unsurprisingly, that resulted in no kerning data at all). Since, I have received no acknowledgment of the problem, much less an explanation or anticipated time frame for a fix.
[Version 2.1.1]

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Fontgear Support replied on 05 Nov 2009
This is just not accurate.

We've reviewed the concerns mentioned here and as it turns out the converted fonts in question included all the kerning pairs stored in several kerning tables with sub-tables for different script and languages (Greek, Latin, et al). This is how kerning pairs are to be stored in OpenType fonts per the Adobe OpenType file spec (http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/opentype/index_table_formats.html) and others.

Hope that helps!
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donnrichards reviewed on 17 Aug 2009
Great Product, Rescued my older fonts.

Fixed broken fonts that FontDoctor was unable to fix. Converted Windows TrueType fonts to OpenType for my Mac as well. (I am a commercial printer) )Very simple to use. I am very pleased with the application.

Poor Customer Support & Service.
eMails not replied to. Answering Machine when calling toll free number, leave a message. (Apparently the company has no employees)?
[Version 2.0]


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macplytdy rated on 24 May 2011

[Version 3.0.0]



Vtrip rated on 02 Apr 2011

[Version 3.0.0]



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Kobalt rated on 07 Dec 2010

[Version 3.0.0]


Downloads:61,626
Version Downloads:9,188
Type:Utilities : Font Tools
License:Demo
Date:04 Aug 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $99.00
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FontXChange can easily convert fonts to OpenType (PS), PostScript Type 1, and TrueType for both Mac or Windows. Useful features include:
  • Batch processing for converting entire font libraries
  • Preferences to set font encodings
  • Font inspection window with preview
  • Support for many font encodings, including Adobe Standard, Unicode, Mac Roman, and Windows ANSI, and European.
FontXChange is designed to understand many different font formats and can convert fonts into many different formats. This makes FontXChange useful to:
  • Convert PostScript Type 1 fonts (Mac or Windows format) into a single modern OpenType font file that works on both Mac & Windows. End the headaches of the outdated two-file system of screen font and printer font combinations. Just one font file that works.
  • Recreate missing screen fonts using a PostScript font file in any format.
  • Convert TrueType fonts to PostScript fonts. No more printing problems and incompatibilities associated with TrueType fonts and high-end output devices.
  • Convert Windows fonts to Mac to Mac and vice-versa. Easily share fonts across different computers, even different operating systems.


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