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t1unmac Manual


translate a Mac PostScript Type 1 font into PFA or PFB format


t1unmac [-a|-b] [-r] [input [output]]


t1unmac extracts POST resources from a Macintosh PostScript font file and creates a PFA (hexadecimal) or PFB (binary) font file. The file input should be in MacBinary I or II, AppleSingle, AppleDouble, or BinHex format, or it can be a raw resource fork. If the file is a raw resource fork, you need to give the ‘--raw’ option; otherwise t1unmac should automatically figure out what kind of file you have. If the file output is not specified output goes to the standard output.


--pfa, -a
Output in PFA (ASCII) format.
--pfb, -b
Output in PFB (binary) format. This is the default.
--raw, -r
Indicates that the input is a raw resource fork.
Indicates that the input is in MacBinary I or II format.
Indicates that the input is in AppleSingle format.
Indicates that the input is in AppleDouble format.
Indicates that the input is in BinHex 4.0 format.
--block-length=num, -l num
PFB only: Set the maximum output block length to num. The default length is as large as memory allows.
--line-length=num, -l num
PFA only: Set the maximum length of encrypted lines in the output to num. (These are the lines consisting wholly of hexadecimal digits.) The default is 64.


On Mac OS X, you can use t1unmac to translate a font into PFA or PFB format as follows:

% t1unmac --raw FONTFILENAME/..namedfork/rsrc > OUTPUT


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