Spell Catcher X for Mac

Spell Catcher X for Mac

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Date Added:
December 13, 2011
Free to try; $39.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7
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Spell Catcher is the modern-day descendant of a spell-checking app from ancient times (as a Desk Accessory called Thunder, from 1985), now with powerful, system-wide spell-checking and text-expanding features.

By default, this muscular app tracks every word you type on your Mac, across every application, and provides you with much more than the live visual feedback you get in separate apps with built-in spell-checking. Spell Catcher can give you automatic typo fixing, spoken alerts (for example, pointing out repeated words, or curious spellings with a quick "Curious!"), instant access to the dictionary and thesaurus (with support for multiple dictionaries and online sources), and serious text-expansion capabilities that let you set up an extensive "shorthand glossary" for frequently used words, phrases, or even multipage documents. Spell Catcher also includes a "Ghostwriter" feature, which can be a life-saver in the event of a crashed app or lost doc: it records all your keystrokes and saves those to a text file, which you can recover later.

For the most part, Spell Catcher runs invisibly in the background, but you can invoke its features directly through the app, using keyboard shortcuts, or through the Dock, Input, or Services menus. The initial setup for Spell Catcher can be time-consuming, getting its settings to match your preferred work flow and habits, but this app has excellent documentation, active forums, and a responsive developer. Note: now that Spell Catcher has been fully updated for Snow Leopard, version 10.3.4 is the last to support Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger).

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    out of 66 votes

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  • 5 stars

    "Very Good Product"

    December 20, 2011   |   By fitzt

    Version: Spell Catcher X 10.4.1


    Easy to to use great support


    None Very good product


    Buy it you will not be sorry!

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  • 5 stars

    "A must have on any Mac"

    December 13, 2011   |   By MichiganJim

    Version: Spell Catcher X 10.4.1


    One interface and dictionary for interactive spell checking on all my apps. Very useful shorthand glossary.


    The only con is that some built in spell checkers occasionally get in the way.


    I've never been able to decide if I like Spell Catcher better for its spell checking or for the shorthand glossary. I've created an entire library of phrases, URLs and technical terms for which I simply enter my abreviation and have Spell Catcher expand it for me. For example, I type "mywww" and it's instantly replaced with the lengthy URL of my web site.

    Besides spelling checks, I can use it to look up definitions and synonyms. Quite a writing asset.

    This one has been on my Macs since OS 7 when it was Thunder 7. I couldn't be without it.

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