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GenreGraphics - Font EditingYear
ControlsKeyboard, MouseCountryUSA
Box / InstructionsEnglishSoftwareEnglish


SerialST TypeST, STe / 1MB
ResolutionHighNumber of Disks2 / Single Sided / HD Installable
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Instructions - Proxima Utilities

                                 FOR USE WITH


         This program, in its present form, is intended for the
         conversion of fonts from the "Publishing Partner" format,
         into a newer format, as used by "PageStream".  Both programs
         and this converter are products of Soft-Logik Publishing
         Corp.  This program may be freely distributed at no charge,
         but remains the property of Soft-Logik Publishing Corp.

         Later versions of this program will become available, which
         will allow the user to design, edit, and create his own
         fonts, but for the moment, it is capable only of conversion.


         That said, let's get on with a conversion...


         As experience in using this program grows, the user will find
         all sorts of 'workarounds' to what is suggested here, but in
         the beginning, it's best to follow these simple
         recommendations.  The first of these would be to begin with a
         blank, formatted disk, and to place the FNTCNVT.PRG on that
         disk, along with one font-set from "Publishing Partner".
         (Note:  a "Publishing Partner" font-set consists of two
         files, one with an extender of ".FNT", and one with an
         extender of ".DMF".  Copy BOTH of these to your working

         Boot the converter program, and you'll see a character table
         of all 256 ASCII characters.  Move to the "FILE" item on the
         menu bar, and you'll see a wide selection of Load and Save
         options.  The one that you need right now is "Import PP FNT".
         Click on this one, and you'll be presented with an Item
         Selector box (disk directory), listing any and all fonts on
         your disk with an extender of ".FNT".  Select your font (it
         should be the ONLY one on the disk, at present!), click on
         "OK", and you'll next see a dialog box requesting "Font
         Metrics Information".  This one is going to create a new type
         of ".FM" file from information that it finds in the original
         file, and this information will be used by the program to
         determine how wide a character is expected to be.  It is
         important that you insert the correct name, as well as the
         correct font identification number into the top two spaces.
         The name may be anything that you choose, but the font number
         has a few specific requirements.  At the end of this
         documentation, you'll find a list of some fonts, and their
         assigned numbers, both old, and new.  If you are converting
         one of these fonts, it is _strongly_ recommended that you
         utilize this numbering system, so as to avoid conflicts in
         the future.  An example of these number changes would be the
         "AvanteGarde" font, which is now numbered 1030, but was
         previously numbered as 2000.

         The remaining data need not be altered at this time, so click
         on "OK", and you are next presented with another Item
         Selector, with the name already installed under which it will
         be saved, with an ".FM" extender.  If this is correct, click
         on "OK" yet again, and the next screen will be another dialog
         box, this time entitled "Screen Font Information".  It is
         recommended that you verify the font number as to its
         matching that assigned to it in the Font Metrics Information.
         That done, click on "OK", and another Item Selector will
         appear, listing the font name with an extender of ".12H".
         Clicking on "OK" one last time will save the completed screen
         font to the disk!

         PRINTER TIME!

         The process to create a new dot matrix printer font is quite
         similar to the preceding.  Begin by selecting the "FILE" item
         from the main menu bar, and then selecting "Import PP PFT".
         This will produce an Item Selector from which to select your
         font.  Click on the .PFT file, and on "OK", and you'll see a
         dialog box requesting information as to font type, "Thick",
         "Thin", "Special 128 Character Set", or "Special 256
         Character Set".  For the present, simply pressing "Return"
         will select the default of "Thick".  This will then bring up
         an Item Selector box listing the ".PFT" files available on
         this disk.  Choose the one that is on this disk, and you will
         receive a dialog box requesting "Dot Matrix Information".
         Change the font identification number to match that of the
         Font Metrics and screen font, and again click on "OK".  The
         next Item Selector will come up with an extender of ".DMF"
         and may be named and saved with that extender, and the
         printer font is now converted!

         PostScript TOO?
 that you've got both ".DMF" and ".FM" files
         available, you should load them, if they're not already in
         memory (where they will be, if you haven't moved on to a
         different font or program after creating them), return to the
         FILE header from the main menu bar, and select "Export
         PostScript".  This will produce a dialog box requesting
         PostScript information.  The first item of importance is the
         "PS Name".  This name must match that assigned to it by
         Adobe, in the case of built-in fonts, such as Helvetica,
         Times, etc., and may NOT contain ANY spaces. The second item
         is again, the font number, and should match that of the Font
         Metrics, screen font, and .DMF files.  Finally, the request
         for a "Download Name" may be any name that you choose, so
         long as it will fit within the limits imposed by TOS for file
         names, and should have an extender of ".PS".  Once these
         three items have been completed, you should click on "OK",
         and an Item Selector will appear, with that name and a ".PSF"
         extender.  Clicking on "OK" will cause a short file to be
         written, and then a second Item Selector will appear,
         indicating the Download name that you have entered, complete
         with a ".PS" extender.  Clicking on "OK" one final time will
         cause a larger file to be written to the disk, and the
         conversion will be completed!!!

         The preceding documentation has been rather cursory, and was
         intended only to assist the user in making quick conversions
         of his previous "Publishing Partner" fonts, so that they may
         be used in "PageStream".  If creation or editing of fonts is
         desired, it is best, for the present, to utilize "Font Design
         Partner" for the creation of Type I ("Publishing Partner")
         fonts, and then to convert them.  Many editing capabilities
         already exist in this converter, and the remainder will be
         implemented for release as a full-blown editor soon.  Once
         this editor becomes available, original files will be written
         in Type II format ("PageStream"), and the capabilities will
         increase dramatically.



         Helvetica               1000     (1000)          Helv
         Helvetica Bold          1005     (7011)          HlvB
         Helvetica Narrow        1010     (3010)          HlvN
         Helvetica Condensed     1020     (3020)          HlvC
         AvanteGarde             1030     (2000)          Avnt
         Ltr-Goth                1040     ( 912)
         Chicago                 1060     ( 300)
         Wilkes-Bares            1070     ( 914)
         Lucida-Sans             1080
         Futura-XBold            1090     (4501)
         Perfect                 1100     (    )


         Unv-Rmn                 3000     (7000)
         Devoll                  3010     (6020)
         Chancery                3020     (3000)
         Trent                   3030     (6100)
         Missive                 3040     (6110)
         Thames                  3050     (6040)
         Caligraphy              3060     (   0)
         Elegance                3070     (8030)
         Script                  3080     (   0)
         Gothic                  3090     (    )


         Courier                 4000     (1010)          Cour
         Bold Egypt              4010     (7010)
         Lubalin-Graph           4020     (5111)


         Times                   5000     (5000)          Tyme
         Bookman                 5010     (2010)          Book
         Palantino               5020     (4000)          Pala
         Bold Pala               5025     (7012)
         Schoolbook              5030     (4010)          Schl
         Colombia                5040     (6050)
         Roman-Bookface          5050     (6030)
         Lucida                  5060


         Saturn                  7000     (6000)
         Spokane                 7010     (6010)
         TomHudson               7020     (6030)
         WestSide                7030     (1710)
         Artistic                7040     (   0)
         Creative                7050     (   0)
         Oriental                7060     (   0)
         Binner                  7070     (7198)
         Fut-Blk                 7080     (   0)
         Stop                    7090     (3398)


         16-Bit                  8000     ( 110)
         8-Bit                   8010     ( 140)
         Computer                8020     ( 130)


         Dingbats                9000     (9000)
         Symbol                  9020     (9020)
         Keyboard                9030     (4590)

              Other Languages

         Cyrillic                9500     (1066)

         attribute               bit  value

         BOLD                      0     1
         ITALICS                   1     2
         SHADOW                    2     4
         OUTLINE                   3     8
         BACKSLANT                 4     16
         LIGHT                     5     32
         REVERSE                   6     64
         MIRROR                    7     128
         UPSIDE                    8     256
         UNDERLINE                 9     512
         WORD UNDERLINE           10     (unimplemented)
         CHARACTER UNDERLINE      11     (unimplemented)
         DOUBLE UNDERLINE         12     4048
         STRIKE THROUGH           13     8096

                             14-15     (unused)


Here's my first shot at a Publishing Partner to PageStream
file converter.  Should be straight forward. Just run it
and it will prompt for files to convert and names to save
the coverted file as.  One limitation, you must use a
destination file that is different than the source.

Because of MAJOR differences of the handling of routed
columns of text, any routed columns will convert to
unrouted columns. The text will be in the correct columns,
but they will not automatically flow back and forth.
All you need do is set the routing manually.

Tall and Wide do not get translated.

There is a text file called "PPCNVT.TXT".
This text file contains the translations from PP font file
names, to PageStream font numbers. I have included in comments
the font numbers for the fonts we have included so far.
Once we have documentation for the font converters, it will
contain font numbers for all fonts. The numbers have meanings,
and new font numbers will need to be registered with Soft-Logik
to prevent overlap.
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