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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 47 votes out of 47 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.2
  • Total Downloads:
    24,112
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 20, 2017
  • Price:
    Free to try (Some characters disabled); $31.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    5.04MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #8 in Other

Editors' Review

PopChar X for Mac is a utility program that quickly lets you access all kinds of special characters and allows for the convenient addition of them to any document. No matter what font you're using or which character you need, you'll find it quickly inside this handy app.

Pros

Accessibility: You can access this app at any time by clicking the tiny P icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. There is also an option to configure a hot key if you prefer, making it easy to access all of the special characters contained in this app at any time.

Favorites List: You can add any characters you use with regularity to your Favorites List for even quicker access. Creating this list is straightforward, and it means you won't have to search through all kinds of other characters to find the ones you're looking for.

Font options: This program will auto-detect the fonts you're using so you can find the available special characters quickly. You can also use it to do a reverse search to determine which fonts support a certain character so you know which one to use ahead of time.

Cons

Data overload: There is a lot in this app, and for new users especially, it can be a bit overwhelming. Once you get the hang of the interface and start using some of the characters, it will become more manageable, though.

Bottom Line

PopChar X makes it very convenient to access all kinds of special characters, no matter what type of document you're working on. The Favorites List means you can find what you're looking for quickly, and the ability to set hot keys gives quick access to all program features. The app is free to try with some characters disabled, and it costs $39.99 to buy.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of PopChar X for Mac 6.6.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.2
  • [BLOCK bb] in layout descriptions (where bb is the name of a Unicode Block, such as "Basic Latin" or "Cyrillic") includes all characters from the specified block.
  • [FIND ss] in layout descriptions includes all characters that match the search string ss (example: [FIND arrow]).
  • [BLOCK-OTHER bb] in layout descriptions includes all characters from the Unicode block bb that are not already present in the layout.
  • [OTHER] in layout descriptions includes all remaining characters that are not explicitly defined otherwise.
  • When PopChar is not registered with a license key, the message at the top of the window now tells what to do.
  • Preview pictures for the "P" placement in PopChar's preferences now reflect the appearance on Sierra and newer.
  • New metrics adjustments for 33 fonts.
  • Improved vertical spacing of characters to avoid truncation of ornaments that extend beyond the font's bounding box.
  • When selecting "Font Preview" or "Sample Text", PopChar switches to the previously used text template instead of automatically switching to "Custom Sample Text" or "Editable Text".
  • PopChar now correctly remembers the previously set up custom sample text.
  • Works around a problem that caused PopChar to hang when trying to find ligatures in certain corrupted fonts.
  • Fixes an incorrect definition of the "Warang Citi" Unicode block.
  • Fixes a misplaced checkbox in the French version of PopChar's preferences window.
  • Internal cleanup of resources that are no longer needed.
General
Publisher Ergonis software
Publisher web site http://www.ergonis.com/
Release Date October 20, 2017
Date Added October 20, 2017
Version 8.2
Category
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Other
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.04MB
File Name PopCharX82-Install.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 24,112
Downloads Last Week 8
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Some characters disabled
Price $31.99
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