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How to convert Font Suitcase (FFIL/DFONT) to TrueType font (TTF)?

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I'm trying to convert or extract fonts from a Font Suitcase (typically .ffil or .dfont). These are specific to Mac OS X and contain any number of font files in a variety of formats. I need the ability to convert these Font Suitcases to TrueType font files (TTFs). I'm finding this to be difficult. The best solution I've found so far which was really promising, but didn't work for me is called Fondu (http://fondu.sourceforge.net). I downloaded the latest version of this (the source), then compiled it and installed it successfully. I followed all instructions to convert/extract several Font Suitcases, but each time it fails. Here's what I get:

$ fondu CaeciHea
Can't find an appropriate resource fork in CaeciHea
$ fondu CaeciRom
Can't find an appropriate resource fork in CaeciRom
$ fondu "Caecilia Heavy"
Can't find an appropriate resource fork in Caecilia Heavy
$ fondu CaeciliaHeavy.ffil
Can't find an appropriate resource fork in CaeciliaHeavy.ffil
$ fondu CaeciliaRoman.ffil
Can't find an appropriate resource fork in CaeciliaRoman.ffil

Any ideas or suggestions? All thoughts are appreciated. Thank you!
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by:simdex
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The Font Suitcases that I am trying to convert/extract can be downloaded here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4e9ph6zz4h0jcmc/Font%20Suitcases%20to%20Convert.zip

(Disclaimer: I am strictly providing this to assist in finding a solution to this problem. I have a personal license for owning these fonts, not a commercial one.)

Also, the Fondu source can be downloaded here, then compiled and run:

http://fondu.sourceforge.net/fondu_src-060102.tgz
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Just a note.  When I tried to do this with a Mac Dfont, it turned out that you could create fonts in that format that were not compatible with standard TTF Truetype fonts.  The issue I ran into was that TTF expects the parameters to go in a certain order and the font I wanted was done in reverse.
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Dave Baldwin earned 1500 total points
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PMN Caecilia is a Linotype font and it is available from Adobe also and other font retailers in a variety of formats including OpenType/Trutype.  I mention this in case you need it even if you can't extract it.

Where did you get your copies?  Must be old?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I downloaded your fonts to my MacBook Pro OS X 10.6.8 and tried to look at them.  They were recognized as fonts but I could not get them to open or install.  They do not appear to be valid font files.
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by:simdex
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Really? I don't have that problem... What error message(s) do you get?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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No error messages, it just won't add them to the font list.  There are only two fonts, Caecilia Heavy and Caecilia Roman.
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by:simdex
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That's correct; there should only be those 2 fonts you mentioned.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I've done all I can.  I loaded them on my Ubuntu Unix system so I could look at them in FontForge but it says they are not in any known font format.  You can click on "Request Attention" above to get some others to look at your question.
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by:simdex
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Thanks so much for all your help, DaveBaldwin.

I did some digging online and found OTF versions of Caecilia Heavy and Caecilia Roman, which I downloaded, then converted to TTF format using one of the numerous free font web-based font converters.

So, that was my solution in the end.
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Good for you.  Thanks for the points.
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