How often have you experienced this: you receive a FLA file from one of your expensive freelance designers but after you publish the file most of the texts are shifted out of place? The reason for this is of course the same reason why her rates are so high: she still has to pay off her Mac. Not enough that all the fonts she uses have different names than the ones on your PC - fortunately Flash has the font substitution table and can handle this - no, even if you manage to get an "identical" PC version of that font, Flash handles them differently. I don't now if that's a Flash problem or a general font problem, but unfortunately it's a fact of life. Until now the only way to handle this situation was to do the final publishing either on a Mac or to fix all the shifted textfields manually and have the Mac not touch that file again.
But thanks to Nate from slice media you don't have to to this tedious task manually anymore, as long as you have Flash MX 2004. He has written a JSFL command that shifts all textfields containing the same font in a move down an arbitrary number of pixels. Really useful I'd say! Just imagine: from the time you save using this tool you could even buy your designer a decent computer...Posted at July 14, 2004 10:19 PM | Further reading