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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 8.5

  • New option for light-on-dark character table in Mojave's Dark Mode.
  • Preference option for highlighting favorite characters.
  • New mechanism for alternative names in the Unicode standard (currently used to unify lambda/lamda).
  • Layouts are now always listed in alphabetical order in the menu.
  • PopChar now uses the system's highlight color for the selected character in the table.
  • PopChar's menu bar icon now uses the correct accent color when clicked.
  • Skin tone and text/emoji pop-up menus now use the correct accent color for highlighting the selected item.
  • Info line in contact mail contains information about the system language and Dark Mode.
  • The skin and text/emoji pop-up menus have a dark appearance in Dark Mode.


Publisher Ergonis software
Publisher web site
Release Date November 02, 2018
Date Added November 02, 2018
Version 8.5


Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Other

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Mojave
  • 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 4.63MB
File Name PopCharX85-Install.dmg


Total Downloads 25,006
Downloads Last Week 16


License Model Free to try
Limitations Some characters disabled
Price $31.99
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