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Chapter 10. Font Management > Tips from the Windows Pros: Using the Private Cha...

Tips from the Windows Pros: Using the Private Character Editor

Tired of the same old letters, numbers, and symbols? Want to create your own language? Or more seriously, do you have a need to design your own font modifications? Professional design tools are available for doing so, of course, and you can pay some bucks for them if you're a professional font designer. Fontographer is a reasonably good example of such a commercially available tool (do a Web search if you're really interested). But for many users who might need special characters or company logos, or lexicographers or translators who might need to create their own fonts, the Private Character Editor (PCE) that comes with Windows 2000 does the basics.

Using Private Character Editor, you can create up to 6,400 unique characters (such as special letters and logos) for use in your font library. PCE contains basic tools for creating and editing characters, along with more advanced options. After you have created your own characters, anyone using the computer they are installed on can insert the characters into most documents just as easily as inserting special symbols such as the © symbol.


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