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.
PopChar is a utility application that lets you insert special characters, accented letters, umlauts, etc. from all installed fonts into your documents. You never need to search for and remember keystrokes any longer. Just pop up the PopChar window, click the desired character, and the character appears in your current document. If a font contains Unicode characters, you can see all of them, neatly arranged in the standard Unicode categories. Features: Simple to use, just click and select, Inserts accented characters, foreign letters and any other character from all installed fonts, Automatic font detection, Full Unicode support, Character search function, Various insertion options, Insertion of HTML symbols, Recent characters view, Displays the keystrokes needed to create selected characters, Automatically starts at login.
What's new in this version:
Version 5.1 supports the brand-new version 6.0 of the Unicode standard and can now identify more than 23,000 characters by their names. It features a new command for cleaning up the table of recent characters and allows skipping the announcement of new versions. The new version furthermore improves overall performance and compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and applications like Espresso and FileMaker Pro. A complete list of changes and enhancement can be found at the company's websi... See all new features »