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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 8.6

  • PopChar is now distributed as an Apple-notarized application.
  • The number of lines in the section of recently used characters is now a user-definable preference option.
  • PopChar now supports font-specific Unicode descriptions for several symbol fonts (such as FontAwesome, Material Icons, Webdings, Wingdings, and many more).
  • Statistics in the About window contain total number of available Unicode characters.
  • The status icon in the menu bar is now vertically centered.
  • Improved support for update checks in intermediate beta versions.


Publisher Ergonis software
Publisher web site
Release Date April 04, 2019
Date Added April 04, 2019
Version 8.6


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 4.95MB
File Name PopCharX86-Install.dmg


Total Downloads 25,058
Downloads Last Week 3


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