Version 2.8.0.0

Changes in this release:

Type Tool Description
Enhancement Font Sample If a multi-byte Text Parsing Method is selected (applicable when a 16-bit symbol set is selected), more than one range offset value may be selected (each such range defines up to 256 characters); previous versions only allowed one such range to be selected for each job.
Enhancement Font Sample If a User-defined symbol set file is specified, the target Unicode code-points (as defined by the mapping in the specified symbol set file) may (optionally) be shown (in hexadecimal) at the top of each cell in the printed grid.
Enhancement Font Sample For a PCL XL font, a User-defined PCL symbol set file may now be used to determine the mapping of character-codes to target code-points.
The generated print job will select the Unicode symbol set (identifier = 18N, equivalent to Kind1 value 590), and the contents of the specified file will be used to define which Unicode code-points will be used for each cell in the grid.
For a PCL font, a similar action may now (optionally) be selected, instead of the usual action of downloading the contents of the specified file at the start of the generated print job, and selecting the symbol set defined within that file (i.e. the printer will interpret the downloaded symbol set definition to determine the required mapping).
Error clearance Font Sample For a PCL font, if the Unicode character set was chosen, and the (default) associated Text Parsing Mode 83 ("UTF-8") was selected, invalid UTF-8 data values were generated for the 'upper-half' of the grid, if the range offset was specified as zero (valid data was generated if the range offset was non-zero).
Error clearance Font Sample If the Symbol set option was set to the <specify identifier> value when the tool was started (i.e. this and the associated custom identifier were the values restored when the application was started), this symbol set identifier was not used when the print job was generated (so the printer would probably use its default symbol set).
The problem did not occur if the custom option was selected after a different earlier preceding value had been set.
Error clearance Misc Samples With the Unicode Characters option, the variant part of the name of the selected font name was shown on the printed page as a numeric value, rather than as the variant name.
For example, Arial Regular was shown as Arial 0.
Enhancement Print Languages
Soft Font Generate
Symbol Set Generate
Mappings have been defined for more of the standard symbol sets.
Slight changes have also been made to how this information is displayed, and to the effect on the Mapping panel in various tools.
Error clearance PRN File Analyse The hexadecimal value following the decimal value of the Mapping: Kind1 property, as shown in the analysis of PCL XL font headers, was not the correct equivalent value.
Enhancement Soft Font Generate The format of some of the diagnostic data (output when the Log diagnostics option is selected) has been changed, and additional interpretation is provided for some entries in certain tables (e.g. ttcf, name, OS/2, and cmap) of the donor TrueType font.
Error clearance Symbol Set Generate In a number of cases, the symbol set type of a generated symbol was set to Bound PC8, rather than the correct Bound 8-bit designation; in a few cases, the opposite occurred.
Enhancement Tray Map The original version of this tool generated test print jobs which printed up to 300 simplex sheets (each selecting a different tray source identifier (in the range 0 - 299), but the same paper size, paper type and orientation attributes).

This version only allows for a maximum of six sheets in each generated print job, but each sheet may:
  • select a different paper size (from a preset range of values)
  • optionally select a paper type (from a preset range of values)
  • optionally select a paper tray via its tray identifier (in the range 0 - 299)
  • select simplex or duplex (long-edge or short-edge binding)
  • select an orientation for the front face (and for duplex sheets, an orientation (possibly different) for the rear face.
Enhancement - To avoid apparent 'hang-ups' if the target network printer is unavailable, or there are unspecified network issues, socket timeout periods can now be set.