Mac OS X 10.5 bundled with Arial Unicode MS

相信大家都留意到蘋果電腦已推出了新的 MacOS X 10.5(代號:美洲豹﹣Leopard)系統。用家分別可以從購買新的 Macintosh電腦或獨立購買升級版本來取得這個新系統。新版本的 MacOS 將附有一款超級字體作為系統用字﹣Arial Unicode/MS。

Arial Unicode/MS 是電腦字體 Arial 的延伸版本,由 Monotype Imaging 公司於多年前擔任開發。比起 Arial,添加了足夠的字形來覆蓋 Unicode 2.1 版本,因此它支持大多數微軟的 code page,支援多國文字,同時容量也達 22 MB !它包括表意符號排版表,但和 Arial 不同的是,它在 14 - 18 點時不需要抗鋸齒平滑處理,而且它只有正體字符,而沒有斜體版本。 Arial Unicode/MS 以往是隨 Microsoft Office 分發。

Arial 字型原是由 Robin Nicholas 和 Patricia Saunders 在 1982 年設計,並在 1990 年以 TrueType 字體格式發佈的。1993 年到1999 年間,由 Monotype 公司的開發人員拓展為 WorldType 內涵的 Arial Unicode/MS

  Monotype Imaging 目前仍擁有 Arial 和 Arial Unicode/MS 的商標,微軟則持有字體的專有許可權。而且事實表明它還授權給了蘋果公司,因為蘋果在 2007 年 10 月 16 日宣佈其新版操作系統 MacOS X v10.5 將捆綁Arial Unicode 字體。

Arial Unicode/MS 1.01 版本通過 Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft Office 2003 及其單品軟件分發。字體中包含超過 50,000 個字形,支援全球大多數的語系文字。其中中日韓文字更支持豎排。此外,除控制字符外,這字體覆蓋了包括 Unicode 2.1 的所有碼位。

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