Yes, there is a way to do it, but only using Microstation.
I used to do it for many many fonts, but sorry, french fonts ...
It was designed to be used with a lisp routine to switch beetween shx to
when you use TruuType font under ustation, you convertconverted them in
the internal font format.
when you export the DGN file to dwg, you can specify that yout want to
export font too.
thne ustation wil create shx fonts, with the same metrics thant
true-type, but of course, not filled.
Depending on the version you are using, AutoCAD has a Bonus
Tool/Express Tool called Text Explode. This essentially does a WMFOUT
of the text and then a WMFIN, so if you don't have the tool you can do
Once in, this is a block so explode it and then you might have to do
some fiddling to trace the outline from the solids that will be
I have tried using Bonus Tools in R14 to explode the text. You need to
delete all the extraneous lines that are created inside the text
outline, but it does seem to produce a reasonable outline of the
characters, with all the line ends touching, so you can convert them to
continuous polylines if you wish.
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