PopChar X for Mac

PopChar X for Mac


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 43 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.5
File Size:
3.69MB
Date Added:
March 22, 2014
Price:
Free to try (Some characters disabled); $39.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
21,281
Downloads Last Week:
11
Product ranking:
#11 in Font Tools
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

PopChar has been around since nearly the dawn of time, at least in terms of the Mac operating system. PopChar started as a Turbo Pascal-based substitute for Key Caps, created on a Mac Plus way back in 1987. Its core functionality remains the same today, helping users insert unusual characters directly into documents--choosing from an increasingly arcane array of strange and foreign symbols, across thousands of Unicode-supported characters, all without having to learn any difficult key combinations.

Similar to the built-in Character Palette and Keyboard Viewer in OS X, PopChar X is accessed from your menu bar (or with an optional, customizable hot key), but it offers an easier interface and many more options than these built-in tools--including an always-on-top Favorites group, for frequently used characters. PopChar X auto-detects your current font, gives you a powerful search function across font boundaries, offers a variety of input methods, inserts HTML symbols, and more. A cool "reverse font search" even lets you know which fonts support a given character.

Overall, the only drawback to PopChar X is its price, but this app can still be a good value for anyone who uses its features frequently.

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  • 5 stars

    "PopChar: The sine qua non for advanced character entry"

    June 26, 2013   |   By Evertype

    Version: PopChar X 6.3

    Pros

    I have been using PopChar since it was first released. Neither my Unicode work nor the typesetting I do for the books I publish would be as easy and effortless as it is with PopChar. And Ergonis just keeps making it better and better.

    Cons

    Sometimes it doesn't recognize the font in use in the front application, but I suspect this is as much a problem with how the front application reports as anything.

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  • 5 stars

    "PopChar X for Mac is a wonderful and very useful tool."

    February 27, 2013   |   By nbok

    Version: PopChar X 6.1

    Pros

    Easy to use. Stabile. Long term record of upgrading both for the rare bug and the useful new feature. For what it does, the cost for it is inexpensive. Is very useful for working with the Unicode font system.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Summary

    As a linguist who works with a variety of nonRoman writing systems and fonts, Pop Char X for Mac is an indispensable tool. I have own a copy at least since it was PopCar Pro (over 12 years ago) and probably even before that. I have always found it to be a valuable tool. Finding not only the character, but its Unicode number, name and its keyboard keystroke and being able to insert the character has made this one tool that I have not been able to do without for many years now.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simply, a must have add-on"

    October 02, 2012   |   By Math Man

    Version: PopChar X 6.0.1

    Pros

    PopChar does not clutter my desktop, is always immediately available, rock solid and has never let me down when looking for that special character.

    Cons

    I'm thinking ....

    Summary

    I am a software addict. I confess! Over the years I have bought countless programs that I simply "needed", only to realize later that I hardly, if ever, used it. The programs did what they promised, I just did not "need" it. However there occasionally comes along a program that may not be "flashy" upon first inspection but overtime becomes an indispensable part of your daily computing. PopChar is such a program! I have about three (of approximately 50) programs that get installed day one when I get a new computer.
    Ergonis has always been supportive and clearly listen to their customers feedback. I can not imagine anyone not being able to benefit from this program.

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  • 5 stars

    "One of the best add-ons for the Mac and now for PC too"

    August 08, 2012   |   By Jules Black

    Version: PopChar X 5.4.1

    Pros

    I've used PopChar for the Mac for several years across many Mac OS's. The product has improved in leaps and bounds over that time with added features. As a medical person, and as a French and German speaker, I always ensure I'm using the correct scientific symbols in scientific papers or the correct accents and currency symbols in non-English text I create. What is more, the symbols and accents are spread across so many of the various fonts I use. More recently I have needed to install Microsoft Windows into my Mac when the medical software I am committed to using abandoned its Mac version and concentrated on a PC version. So I also bought the PopChar PC edition and am very happy with both versions

    Cons

    Can't think of any — is it so seamless.

    Summary

    PopChar is one of the few add-on programs I find essential and which is superior to the character palettes that Mac & Windows have come up with.

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  • 1 stars

    "I don't buy App's with no price attached"

    September 27, 2011   |   By Poupic

    Version: PopChar X 5.3

    Pros

    Impossible to know since I did not download

    Cons

    Publish price and I will download

    Summary

    No price= No download

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  • 5 stars

    "Most efficient way to find the character you want!"

    February 03, 2011   |   By Jim Cole

    Version: PopChar X 5.1

    Pros

    Ease of use, fast access, easily personalized, unobtrusive, regularly updated.

    Cons

    None that I know of.

    Summary

    PopChar X is so much easier to use than trying to use Apple's character or keyboard viewer. It is, in my book, a 'Mac Essential.' I've had others, but PopChar X is the full-featured, well polished, champion of its class.

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  • 5 stars

    "Always ready, always helpful. Best font help available."

    November 09, 2010   |   By caroden_dotmac

    Version: PopChar X 5.1

    Pros

    Saves so much time when special characters are needed and/or a different font.
    Also see answer to #2 above.

    Cons

    Nothing wrong that I have found.

    Summary

    Get it. Use it. Be happy and satisfied.

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  • 5 stars

    "Exceptionally easy/and convenient to use and access."

    November 03, 2010   |   By brucebro1

    Version: PopChar X 5.1

    Pros

    Very accessable: tiny button upper left corner. Immediately opens when needed; and immediately closes after insert.. It remembers the previously used character, until a new character is needed. It will work even in website application forms, etc.

    Cons

    I only wonder if the newer version is going to change the beauty of version 2.3 which we've been using for @4 years.

    Summary

    Exceptionally easy and accessable to use. Stays out of sight small footprint, but right awake when needed. Small is big!

    I have used it even in an adobe web site application form!

    Updated on Nov 3, 2010

    Just upgraded. Version 5.1 is super. The application is still it's same amazing self. Big yet unpretentious. The engineers on this are to be congratulated

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  • 3 stars

    "OK but not necessary"

    November 02, 2010   |   By peterpica

    Version: PopChar X 5.1

    Pros

    Was about the best until Adobe introduced their 'glyphs' panel some years ago. Now it's kind of redundant, at least for InDesign.

    Cons

    Quirky at times (unpredictable)

    Summary

    Nice toy if you need font character substitutions often in various applications (Other than Adobe InD).

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  • 5 stars

    "BEST utility for inserting arcane chars in your text."

    November 02, 2010   |   By hschulsinger

    Version: PopChar X 5.1

    Pros

    Intuitive and easy to use, PopChar sits unobtrusively in the upper left corner of your Menu Bar at all times and allows you to select from a wide variety of characters, regular, Unicode, or completely arcane fonts & styles, & pop them into your text.

    Cons

    I've used PopChar on several Macs since version 1 and can't think of a single thing I don't like about the program or that I would change. It does what it's supposed to do quickly and easily and without a hassle. Definitely worth the price!

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