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Is There a Converter to Make All Font Files OpenType Format?

Answered by Jay Nelson, Editor and Publisher, Design Tools Monthly

We have a large collection of typefaces in a combination of TrueType and PostScript formats. Now we're only buying fonts in OpenType format because the same font files can be used on both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.

We wish all of our font files were in OpenType format, but we don't want to re-buy all the fonts. Is there some kind of converter we can use?

Yes! The license that most font foundries gave you when you purchased these fonts allows you to use them on up to five different computers. Lucky for us, the operating system doesn't matter. So, I recommend using FontLab's TransType Pro to convert them ($179). It does a professional job of converting PostScript and TrueType fonts to OpenType format, so you can use the same font file on Macintosh and Windows. The FontLab people developed the most advanced font creation software available on the desktop, and TransType Pro benefits from their knowledge and attention to detail. Learn more at

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