PopChar X for Mac

PopChar X for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1
  • Total Downloads:
    21,760
  • Date Added:
    November 02, 2010
  • File Size:
    3.82MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    19
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC/Server, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC/Server, Mac OS X 10.6/Intel

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1
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 website.
General
Publisher Ergonis software
Publisher web site http://www.ergonis.com/
Release Date November 02, 2010
Date Added November 02, 2010
Version 5.1
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Font Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.4 Server, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Server, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.82MB
File Name PopCharX70-Install.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 21,760
Downloads Last Week 19
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Some characters disabled
Price $29.99

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