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Lesson 14. Fonts and Menus > Working with Text and Fonts

Working with Text and Fonts

When you used the Text window to create and modify text cast members in previous lessons, you assumed that the font being used would be available on the end user's system. Although practically you may be able to assume that a few of the most common fonts will be on most Windows systems, or most Macintosh systems, no font can really be assumed to be on all systems and on all platforms. The two most common methods for dealing with this font problem are to use the fontmap.txt file or to embed the required font in the movie. Other solutions, such as bundling the required font with your movie and having the user install it, generally lead to complications including, but not limited to, having to get permission from the creator of the font.

Prior to Director 7, your only real choice was to map fonts and stick to common ones at that. The fontmap.txt file is a file used by Director to decide how fonts will be mapped between Macintosh and Windows systems. You can open the fontmap.txt file with a text editor—it's in the same folder as the Director application. Looking at the file, you would find, for example, that text specified as using the Arial font will be displayed using Arial on Windows systems and Helvetica on the Macintosh. The information included in the fontmap.txt file is included in your movies, and you are permitted to modify the file to include new mapping pairs. Any font you use that doesn't have a mapping (and isn't embedded) will cause a dialog box to appear when the movie runs explaining that a default substitution is being made.


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