Spell Catcher X for Mac

Spell Catcher X for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 66 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.3.7
  • Total Downloads:
    4,304
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 20, 2010
  • Price:
    Free to try; $39.95 to buy

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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5 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 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.3.7

New

  • Includes a Quick Look generator, supporting previews of Learned Words, Omitted Words, Shorthand Glossary, Dictionary Server, and Modify Selection Macro documents.

Enhanced

  • Better handling of soft hyphen characters (Unicode SOFT HYPHEN U+00AD) during Spell Checking.
  • Improved compatibility with Spell Catcher’s input methods and Google Chrome.

Fixed

  • Fixes a potential crash bug when editing shorthand expansions (exactly) 64 characters long.
  • Fixes a problem where some multi-line shorthand expansions (primarily those imported from TypeIt4Me and TextExpander files) wouldn’t expand properly during interactive checking.
  • Worked around a Mac OS X bug, where input methods residing in (top-level) /Library/Input Methods or /Library/Components could disappear from the list of input sources in Language & Text System Preferences, after Spell Catcher installed or updated its input method(s).
General
Publisher Rainmaker Research
Publisher web site http://www.rainmakerinc.com/
Release Date December 20, 2010
Date Added December 20, 2010
Version 10.3.7
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 19.78MB
File Name SpellCatcherX.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,304
Downloads Last Week 10
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $39.95

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