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I guess everybody here knows about the character palette of Mac OS X.

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Is it possible to create a new symbol, using an image or a vectorial shape made in Illustrator, and add it to the character palette? If so, a brief outline of how this would work would be ideal since I'd like to actually do this to extend my Mac's usable characters with some custom designs.

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The character palette simply gives you access to the characters in the fonts on your system. To add something to it, you need to create a font with that character in it or add the character to an existing font. Common font creation tools for OS X are Fontlab and Fontforge. There are also some online services that may work (use Google to find them).

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