Non-white emoji still lacking
The Unicode Consortium has announced the next revision of its font character standard, v7.0. It now incorporates over 2,834 more characters, including 23 historic scripts, and new currency symbols for the Russian ruble and Azerbaijani manat. One of the more significant additions is the inclusion of over 250 new emoji characters. The Consortium notes that most of these are well-established elsewhere, having previously been a part of the Wingdings and Webdings fonts.
FontXChange updated to 1.5
Morrison SoftDesign has released FontXChange 1.5 for Mac OS X. The font-format converter has updated its Unicode support to 5.1 and improved its parsing and rendering tools. The 1.5 update can generate .AFM files, can rebuild a damaged font and has new naming options available. FontXChange converts between OpenType, PostScript Type 1, TrueType for Mac and Windows and many other font-types and it supports font encoding for Adobe Standard, Unicode, Mac Roman and others. It offers a batch processor and a preview window for inspecting fonts.
PopChar X 3.4 update
Ergonis Software today unveiled PopChar X 3.4, an update to its special character finding and typing utility, offering several new features such as an enhanced search feature. The search function can now locate characters by name, Unicode number, or example. Users also have access to a new contextual menu which allows then to copy characters to the clipboard. Ergonis Software is currently selling PopChar X 3.4 for €30 (~$50)