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Spell Catcher X for Mac

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 66 votes

    • 5 star: 37
    • 4 star: 17
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current version:

    4.8 stars

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Invaluable for anyone who writes."

    December 30, 2010  |   By jspuskar

    Version: Spell Catcher X 10.3.7

    Pros

    Works smoothly in the background, easily configurable, unobtrusive

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit too zealous in checking things.

    Summary

    I would recommend this application to anyone who writes on the Web.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Swiss Army Knife for writers"

    December 28, 2010  |   By Steve Sweitzer

    Version: Spell Catcher X 10.3.7

    Pros

    A real Swiss Army Knife - does spelling, auto fill, remembers what you typed in case of program crash and much more. A must for any serious writer.

    Cons

    Does so much it takes a while to learn and get fine tuned to do exactly what you want.

    Summary

    If you write much on a computer, it's a "must have" tool.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best and most full featured spell checker."

    December 26, 2010  |   By sherpadog

    Version: Spell Catcher X 10.3.7

    Pros

    The best and most full featured spell checker. It works with just about any app. It lets me keep typing even after I have made an error. I can then go back and accept the change and it will fix a word several words back in my sentence.

    Cons

    Nags me a little too much ;-)

    Summary

    The best spell checker available for nearly all apps.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A truly excellent product"

    December 25, 2010  |   By Kerry Dawson

    Version: Spell Catcher X 10.3.7

    Pros

    Works in any application. Has an abbreviation expander, ghost writer for capturing text you write and can retrieve should something go wrong etc etc.

    Cons

    The only annoying thing is sometimes spell catchers input disappears and you have to reactivate.

    Summary

    For anyone that writes a lot, say in a Word Processor, on the web or wherever, it is indispensable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely indispensable!"

    December 21, 2010  |   By griff--2008

    Version: Spell Catcher X 10.3.7

    Pros

    Works well with Mac OS X 10.6
    Always active behind the scenes
    Comes with a top notch dictionary and Thesauarus and can make use of online resources if connected as well.
    Can be modified for optimal use in different applications

    Cons

    Can't think of anything.

    Summary

    I have used this since it first came out with the Mac Classic OS. I knew Evan Gross back in the days of the Toronto Macintosh Users group when he gave presentations on the projects he was working on including this one. The guy is sheer genius and my thought is that he has gotten SCX to work so well that Apple would be dumb not to approach Evan to work for Apple and build his knowledge into the next iteration of the Mac OS.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I have used this program for years."

    December 20, 2010  |   By SoTC_News

    Version: Spell Catcher X 10.3.7

    Pros

    Great Program, I have never found any problems using it for our monthly newsletter.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any!

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