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  • Date Added:
    May 24, 2018
  • Price:
    Free to try (Some characters disabled); $31.99 to buy (Buy it now)
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  • Product ranking:
    #8 in Other

Editors' Review

PopChar X for Mac is a utility program that quickly lets you access all kinds of special characters and allows for the convenient addition of them to any document. No matter what font you're using or which character you need, you'll find it quickly inside this handy app.


Accessibility: You can access this app at any time by clicking the tiny P icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. There is also an option to configure a hot key if you prefer, making it easy to access all of the special characters contained in this app at any time.

Favorites List: You can add any characters you use with regularity to your Favorites List for even quicker access. Creating this list is straightforward, and it means you won't have to search through all kinds of other characters to find the ones you're looking for.

Font options: This program will auto-detect the fonts you're using so you can find the available special characters quickly. You can also use it to do a reverse search to determine which fonts support a certain character so you know which one to use ahead of time.


Data overload: There is a lot in this app, and for new users especially, it can be a bit overwhelming. Once you get the hang of the interface and start using some of the characters, it will become more manageable, though.

Bottom Line

PopChar X makes it very convenient to access all kinds of special characters, no matter what type of document you're working on. The Favorites List means you can find what you're looking for quickly, and the ability to set hot keys gives quick access to all program features. The app is free to try with some characters disabled, and it costs $39.99 to buy.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of PopChar X for Mac 6.6.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.3
  • New preference setting for showing font names in their own font (WYSIWYG font names).
  • HTML characters can now be inserted in hexadecimal notation.
  • Option for remembering the selected font for all applications (instead of separately per application).
  • It is now possible to control whether PopChar may perform version checks in full-screen mode.
  • The About window now contains a button that creates a diagnostics report for troubleshooting.
  • Automatic conversion of layout files into a format that can also be used by the Windows version of PopChar.
  • Additional information during installation clarifies the situation when a newer version is not covered by the current license.
  • Metrics adjustments for the IBM Plex font family.
  • Metrics adjustments for the Carta font.
  • Metrics adjustments for the Candlescript Pro font.
  • Improved implementation of the gradients in the magnification lens.
  • Updated version of the Alphabet layout fixes an error in the Romanian character set.
  • PopChar now makes sure that its window is completely visible on the screen.
Publisher Ergonis software
Publisher web site
Release Date May 24, 2018
Date Added May 24, 2018
Version 8.3
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Other
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Lion
  • OS X Snow Leopard
Download Information
File Size 5.16MB
File Name PopCharX83-Install.dmg
Total Downloads 24,241
Downloads Last Week 3
License Model Free to try
Limitations Some characters disabled
Price $31.99
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