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Private Character Editor

I was sort of ‘hacking’ my Win2k box this morning, I had just finished reading my daily dose of zeldman and trying to guess where the font aliasing settings for Windows are.

Tried to handle the problem the easy way, hitting F1, and what did I find? Win2k has a Private Character Editor.

It’s a bit buggy, absolutely hidden from the user’s view (type eudcedit.exe in Start > Run to reach) and has very basic functionality, but hey, it’s free.

While if you want to know if your on screen fonts are aliased or not you have to right click on your desktop > effects and check for ‘Smooth edges on screen fonts’ (antialiasing probably seemed too banal).

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PUBLISHED ON Oct.25.2002 BY long-gone author
Armin’s comment is:

Does it create bitmap fonts only? once you create your 'private' character what happens? does it load as a font?

Sorry for all the questions : ) just curious.

On Oct.25.2002 at 12:04 PM
ale’s comment is:

Didn't have the time to experiment and, you know, MS apps are not so clear to understand when you talk of graphics apps.

On Oct.25.2002 at 01:38 PM
Kevin Hsu’s comment is:

I can't run eudcedit.exe on my w2k professional machine. The eudcedit.exe can't launch on my machine.

On Mar.05.2003 at 10:43 PM
JESSE’s comment is:

From here on out, I'm referring to antialiased type as "sueded."

On Apr.30.2003 at 07:47 AM
Scott Fuglei’s comment is:

I think eudcedit.exe is an XP app, but comes with Win2k service pack 2 or 3. It won't be available if you have not installed the upgrade.

I have had success using Private Character Editor but cannot figure out how to share my new chracters with other machines. Any ideas?

On May.23.2003 at 11:55 AM
armin’s comment is:

Just for the record I did not start this post. It was by a long-gone author. My name came on as the default to replace his.

Do you really thnk I'd be caught dead in a stupid Win2K Box? I don't even know how turn on one of those things.

On May.23.2003 at 12:03 PM
michael’s comment is:

eudcedit (also known as private charater editor) seems to require adminstrator to run. I have been trying to find a way around this as we have people at our organization that need to make custom characters for Taiwanese. We have been able to share the characters created though. More info on backing it up custom characters can be found here:


The main problem we're having now is that you have to be an administrator to run it!!! At least on Windows 2000...


On May.28.2003 at 10:29 PM
michael’s comment is:

Just a brief followup. I found the underconsideration.com site while looking for more info on transfering private character fonts between computers. Gotta love Google.

Our network here is a majority windows 2000 although our graphic and web designers, and also music arrangers (of which I am one) use Macintoshes. I am curious how transferring fonts would work on a Mac, especially OS X. I don't have any experience there.

When you make private character fonts on windows 2000 (possibly xp too?!) the sytem creates two files in your fonts directory. eudc.tte and eudc.euf. But you can't see them from your fonts folder (even with system files visible) unless you're at your command line. And if you have some files from someone else, you can't import them directly either.

The easiest way to do it is over a network from a third computer that can access sytem files of both the source and destination computers. If you're on a company network you would might need a sytem admin to help with it because of access rights. Then copy the eudc.tte and eudc.euf files from the source computer from c:\winnt\fonts to the same location on the destination computer. Over a network it might be something like \\source\c$\winnt\fonts to \\destination\\c$\winnt\fonts. There are a number of ways to go about it.

For home users though, it can be more problematic though, because windows 2000 doesn't want to let you overwrite your own eudc.tte file if you are logged in. The only thing I can think of (and I have *not* tried this) is to boot from a windows 2000 install CD-ROM, go into repair install (I think it's something like that) and copy the files back through the command window that comes up. That's just a guess though...



On May.29.2003 at 09:04 PM
Sam’s comment is:

Michael, fear not, help is here.

Sorry I don't have anythin gmore helpful to suggest.

On May.29.2003 at 10:02 PM
Jim’s comment is:

Does anyone know if there is 3rd party and better editor out there?




On Nov.04.2003 at 06:51 PM