PopChar X for Mac

PopChar X for Mac

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out of 43 votes
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Date Added:
November 02, 2010
Free to try (Some characters disabled); €29.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC/Server, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC/Server, Mac OS X 10.6/Intel
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Product ranking:
#8 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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    "PopChar: The sine qua non for advanced character entry"

    June 26, 2013   |   By Evertype

    Version: PopChar X 6.3


    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.


    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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