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Mac Font Help? [Apr. 6th, 2006|01:39 pm]
So there's still one thing that I have had no luck finding for my Mac. It's the equivalent of the Windows "Character Map" program.

I'm looking for something that shows all of the characters (glyphs) in a font and allows you to select individual characters to copy them (or at least show a keyboard shortcut). If Font Book does that second part, I sure can't figure out how. Any advice, Mac geeks?

[Edit] What I was looking for was specifically the "Glyph" view in the Character Palette system utility. Thanks guys!

[User Picture]From: tugrik
2006-04-06 09:00 pm (UTC)
System Prefs -> International -> Input Menu tab
Turn on the "Character Palette" item
Turn on the "Show input menu in menu bar" item
A US flag (depending on your international settings) will appear by your clock.

Now click on the flag and select 'character palette'.

Hope that helps!
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[User Picture]From: kiltbear
2006-04-06 09:01 pm (UTC)
damn you, beat my by seconds
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-04-06 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you, both of you! It looks like this will handle it, after some poking around.

What I was looking for is evidently the "Glyph" view mode of that thing, which I hadn't found. I knew it had to be in the OS somewhere! :) Thanks again.
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[User Picture]From: kiltbear
2006-04-06 09:00 pm (UTC)
System Preferences
- Input Method
-- Click to turn on Character Palette

Now go to your Menu Bar and notice the Ahmurican flag there...
Pull down, choose Character Palette
Poke around with pulldowns as to what is displayed...

Double clicking on an item inserts it into the current top program
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2006-04-06 09:03 pm (UTC)
Not a problem. ^_^

If you have a flag in your menu bar, select "Show character palette". If you don't, go to the International prefs in System Preferences, and then the Input Menu tab. You can then choose whatever languages you're liable to ever want to enter. Tick the "Show input menu in menu bar" box, and you're done.

The character palette should be just what you're looking for, allowing you to choose from the glyphs for a wide variety of languages, with disclosure triangles hiding (or not) related characters, and that glyph in other available fonts.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-04-06 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you much! It looks like the "Glyph" view of the character palette is really what I was looking for.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-04-06 09:36 pm (UTC)
Nifty. That may be an even easier solution. Does it show all glyphs in a font or just the usual symbol slots? (I can't download and play with it at the moment.)
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2006-04-07 01:23 am (UTC)
Oh neet. Odd though, at work, we just look it up on the cheat sheet.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-04-07 03:49 pm (UTC)
Trouble is I have a couple fonts that have a very non-standard layout of glyphs. Those are real problems. Otherwise, yeah, I need a cheat sheet (heck, I still use one for most of ASCII, too).
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From: jovino
2006-04-06 10:42 pm (UTC)
And, once you get all those fancy characters, you can use my little entity parsing tool to convert it to HTML format.
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