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Spell Catcher X is the powerful writing tool preferred by educators, students, writers, bloggers - anyone who writes on their Mac. It's the all-in-one writing solution for those who need standardized custom dictionaries for use in all their applications, those that write in multiple languages, and anyone that simply wants to be a faster, more effective writer. Use it in Mac OS X applications such as email, Web browsers, instant messaging, Microsoft Word and other word processors, graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop, video and movie programs, databases, spreadsheets and more!

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What's New

Version 10.4.1:

Please note that the system requirements have changed!

  • Spell Catcher X 10.4.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5 and later, running on Intel Mac hardware.
  • PowerPC Mac users running Mac OS X 10.5 must continue to use Spell Catcher X 10.4 (see 'Related Links' below).
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  • New Cancel Last Expansion command in Spell more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5-10.7.

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Shipmac Member IconReview+2
Shipmac
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I have been using Spell Catcher for years, even before OS X (I even would not upgrade to OSX until Spell Catcher was ready!).

Just been to check the website and I get a WEBSITE MALWARE WARNING from Google. Hope this is fixed soon (20Sep2013). Even more so I hope some developer will buy Spell Catcher and bring it into line with the latest software. It is struggling in Mountain Lion, and may well be even worse in Mavericks.

Spell Catcher is (or was) leagues ahead of Typinator (which has some odd quirks and does not work with all apps). No other app had inbuilt Ghostwriter as well as the many other features Spell Catcher has.

Come back soon Spell Catcher

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Version 10.4.1
Raven.
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Aye, aye! Love this app. used it for years and I hope to have it back soon...

Andrewrodney
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It seems to run reasonably well in 10.9 with the only minor bug I see being the input menu losing focus (it can move from SC to US by itself). I have to reset then all is fine.

SO SORRY to hear about Evan! I've used this product since OS9 days and it is indispensable to me. Top 10 app's on my machine since I'm awful at spelling. I do hope development can continue at least in supporting newer OSs. Don't really need new features, just keep it running, I'd gladly support upgrade fees for that!

Billindg
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Spell Catcher works just fine in 10.9 for me. The problem with the input menu losing focus can be fixed by adding a copy of the input menu app to the root Library /Library/Input Methods/SpellCatcherIM.app in addition to user level Library copy.

Andrewrodney
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>>The problem with the input menu losing focus can be fixed by adding a copy of the input menu app to the root Library.

Awesome, thanks for that tip!

Joypebble Member IconReview+13
Joypebble
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Spell Catcher has been a worthy sidekick in my writing career. If it is possible to love an application, count me in.

SC is an unbelievably easy-to-learn and bulletproof spelling helper that works cross-platform on every single writing application that live on my computer and wherever else I post.

Evan Gross was relentlessly gracious in helping users like me past self-inflicted glitches. I salute him and his creativity and dedication.

I hope some company with resident marketing geniuses will snatch Spell Catcher up and give it another 20 years.

---JP

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Version 10.4.1
Misha Member IconComment+1792
Misha
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From Rainmaker Research:

"It is with great sadness that Rainmaker Research Inc. announces the loss of it's founder, Evan Michael Gross, who passed away suddenly at the end of June, 2012.

"Evan was the author of Spell Catcher software and owner of Rainmaker Research Inc. The original version was released as Thunder! in 1986 and evolved into what we know as Spell Catcher X today.

"SpellCatcher has a loyal, diverse user base. Please refer to our tribute page created to honour Evan, who was a great guy, ahead of his time, and will be sorely missed by family, friends, colleagues and Spell Catcher users.

"Rainmaker Research Inc. will not be able to provide technical support at this time, until further notice."

http://www.rainmakerinc.com/company/tribute.html

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Version 10.4.1
Odysseus
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I feared that something had happened, because there was no news from the developer Evan Gross in months.

He was a great developer to work with, and he had a unique program unlike Typinator, TypeIt4Me, and TextExpander.

Mmueck
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OMG!!! I've been working with Evan as a beta tester for ages and he had great things in the pipeline. He hasn't been answering emails for a while now and I just thought he was on an extended vacation.

I've only ever used his SCX as a typing expander and it just totally blew away Typinator, TypeIt4Me, and TextExpander. I have over 12,000 abbreviations and those other text expanders just choke and die under that load whereas SCX NEVER misses a beat. I can't live without SCX - I really hope there is someone else out there able to carry on development of this fantastic product.

RIP Evan.

Verne Arase
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Wow ... first QuicKeys and now Spell Catcher.

It's ironic that as the Mac platform gets more popular, its great software choices seem to be departing due to developer attrition.

Psychiatry
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Rest in peace, Evan Gross. I've used Spell Catcher X since version 1. It was the best, had more features than any competitor.

Unfortunately, with his death, Spell Catcher X has not been compatible with the latest Mac OS X operating system. So I had to move on.

TextExpander is my choice as a replacement for text expansion. It even imports Spell Catcher files. It has been seamless in transition.

Unfortunately, this leaves spell checking and key logging as features. I'm looking for replacements for these features.

Best to everyone. And a celebration for Evan Gross's life.

UNOwen Member IconReview+1
UNOwen
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A good 'ole' application, that only improves with time.

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Version 10.4.1
Pengman Member IconReview+28
Pengman
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This is simply a great app. Works on -all- my programs including Firefox. Invaluable. I work in the media and I am VERY impressed.

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Version 10.4.1
Bigcloits Member IconReview+26
Bigcloits
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I have used and beta tested Spell Catcher for many years now. In the course of beta testing, I have had many conversations with developer Evan Gross, and have seen how hard he works on this app.

Spell Catcher is a power tool that has to interact with many other technologies on your Mac, and it’s not simple, and it can cause some hassles and headaches.

It’s worth it.

Spell Catcher does a great deal for me that no other application can do. I really could not work without it at this point. Some of its functionality is certainly available in competing products, but nothing bundles it together like Spell Catcher — it’s really an amazing amount of well-done programming in one package.

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Version 10.4.1
Bigcloits Member IconComment+26
Bigcloits
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I reviewed Mac OS X Lion’s awful autocorrection feature today, and recommended Spell Catcher as a terrific alternative. I’ve been using Spell Catcher for good autocorrection (and much more!) for many years now.

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Version 10.4.1
Bigcloits
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Okay, apparently you can’t use an HTML link in a comment here, or edit your comments. Let’s see if I can just paste the link in straight:

http://paul.ingraham.ca/post/14676591990/lion-autocorrect

Largesse
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Yes, but there's a major bug that prevent SL's input method for working and so there's no interactive checking in Lion for many of us; Evan's working on it. But so far no dependable solution is available.

Jayme Bertelli Member IconReview-3
Jayme Bertelli
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Does not work with Microsoft Word for Mac and is not better than the available spelling tool of the Microsoft. Poor video tutorials

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Version 10.4.1
Bigcloits
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It certainly does work in Microsoft Word. I have routinely used it there for many years. Most likely you had a relatively simple configuration problem.

Duncan Adams Member IconReview+15
Duncan Adams
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This program has helped me greatly over the years ... the problem is that about every other new build is buggy .. at least for me . If you by it on deal this round ... great ... but ask for an older version ... it will work better . I had to go back to one . Every time I update I cross my fingers .

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Version 10.4.1
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+649
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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The release notes say "New Special Key for use in shorthand expansions to explicitly specify the final position of the insertion point (Insert pop-up > Special Key > Position Cursor Here)."

I can't find any further explanation of this feature in Spell Catcher Help or on the Spell Catcher web site. From what little they do say it's not clear to me how this feature works. The above description helps me not at all. I like Spell Catcher and have used it for many years, which makes it all the more aggravating when they do such a poor job of explaining new features like this. And I can find no easy way to contact the developer for an explanation. So I'm posting here as a last resort. If a developer is going to implement a new feature in their software the least they own their paid users is a decent explanation of how to use it.

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Version 10.4.1
Espiridion
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Have you tried http://www.rainmakerinc.com/support/ ?
Evan has always answered my questions promptly via email or through his forum.
Hope this helps.

Bobembry
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Place your cursor where you want it following your expansion and then chose Position Cursor Here. Example *[ NOTE: ]* places the cursor where you'd expect

Bobembry
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My reply got mangled. Apparently it doesn't like angle brackets. The example was *[ NOTE: cursor ]*. Just try it and see.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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@ Bobembry: choose from what? What's the context? If I have to manually place my cursor it's already done.

Tomeck
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As the release notes say: "for use in shorthand expansions". Go to Preferences -> References -> My Shorthands. There is a pull-down menu right above the area for entering the text you want to expand with your shorthand. In this menu you find the menu item "Special keys" and there "Positioning cursor here". The feature let you positioning the cursor in the text of your expansion.

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Version 10.4.1
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Version 10.4.1
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Jrgreen
Version 10.4.1
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Anthonyg
Version 10.4.1
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Mistertoad17
Version 10.4.1
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Version 10.4.1
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Version 10.4.1
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Andrew Rosenblum
Version 10.4.1
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Jrgreen
Version 10.4
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Version 10.4
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Date 14 Dec 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $39.95
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