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There will be times when you want to change all the fonts in a drawing quickly. For instance, you may want to convert PostScript fonts into a simple Txt . shx font to help shorten redraw times while you are editing. Or you may need to convert the font of a drawing received from another office to a font that conforms to your own
officestandards. In AutoCAD 2000, the Font map system variable works in conjunction with a font-mapping table, allowing you to easily substitute fonts in a drawing.

The font-mapping table is an ASCII file called Acad .fmp. You can also use a file you create yourself. You can give this file any name you choose, as long as it has the .fmp extension.

This font-mapping table contains one line for each font substitution you want AutoCAD to’make. A typical line in this file would read as follows:

romant; C:\acadr14\common\font\Txt.shx

In this example, AutoCAD is directed to use the Txt. shx font in place of the Romant.shx font. To execute this substitution, you type:

Fontmap: Fontmap filename

where Fontmap-filename is the font-mapping table you’ve created. This tells Auto- CAD where to look for the font-mapping information. Then you issue the Regen command to view the font changes. To disable the font-mapping table, you type:

You can also specify a font-mapping file in the Files tab of the Options dialog box. Look for the Text Editor, Dictionary, and Font File Names listing. Click the plus sign next to this listing and then click the plus sign next to the Font Mapping File listing to expose the current default font-mapping filename .

You can double-click this filename to open a Select a File dialog box. From there, you can select a different font-mapping file.

See Appendix D for more on the Fontmap system variable and other system variables.

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