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CharView allows you to type unusual characters from keyboard. It displays all of the symbols of a selected font, allowing you to quickly choose between the different character sets. Features include:
  • system-wide utility window (floating above documents windows)
  • menu icon (small icon shown in menubar, CharView main window hidden before the user moves the mouse pointer into this icon)
  • view font symbols in ASCII (256 chars) or Unicode (entire font)
  • auto-zoomed (magnified) symbol in table without a click
  • copy symbol to the clipboard and insert it into the frontmost application with more...

What's New

Version 3.8.5:
  • Fixed minor incompatibles with OS X 10.7
  • Removed PPC code

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Foulger Member IconReview+279
Foulger
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Such a useful and well priced application. Such a shame that the author hasn't bothered to update. Its very definitely unstable now in relation to where it is plaved in the launch order.

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Version 3.8.3
Corpsecorps Member IconComment+761
Corpsecorps
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Nice price but annoying in some of it's functionality, like slowing boot-up time.

PopChar is much better, but at $40 not worth it for the functionality.

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Version 3.8.3
BJM Member IconComment+0
BJM
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Until it is registed, this program pops up a nag window every few minutes (even if it is not being used). It is so annoying that I cannot tolerate it long enough to evaluate. This is certainly not an effective way to encourage people to use and pay for their program.

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Version 3.7.1
Wayne Mitzner Member IconComment+1
Wayne Mitzner
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This software seems to work like a virus. Once it gets into the system 10.3.6, you can't quit it. The little "cent" sign appears in the upper left and the only way to get rid of it is to shut down the computer. Also some of the characters that the pop down menu show appear different when pasted into the Word document.
And even when the program is running the dock icon doesn't show a little arrow.
Not very user friendly.

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Version 3.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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It works fine here, no problems.

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Anonymous
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If you right click on the Icon in the menu bar, you can "Quit" the application.

Foulger Member IconComment+279
Foulger
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It works well but takes a very long time at boot-up Looking for fonts. I E-Mailed the author about this but so far have received no reply - still good though as I use spanish characters in some of my correspondence. Perhaps the author may read this and include a cache of some kind so that the app doesnn't search for fonts each time around?

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Version 3.0.3
Alexey
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Sorry, but I didn't received your letter.
Please, send it again to support@alxsoft.com or sales@alxsoft.com.
About 90% of time "Looking for fonts" used to determine Unicode blocks and chars in fonts.
Sure, I can cache fonts, but what to do if new fonts added?
Thank you.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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How is this better - & worth $15 more - than Panther's Font Book?

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Version 3.0.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Try to print a font or open a suitcase of dingbats in Preview, maybe you'll get an idea of what this app is worth.

JimW Member IconComment+453
JimW
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As a former user of Pop Char in Classic (stopped when it became shareware instead of donation-ware), has anyone looked at "Show Character Palette" included in Panther? It seems to do everything Pop Char did or most of what CharView professes to do. The main difference seems to be the GUI. Character Palette runs from the Menu Bar with some features under the "Unicode" heading in Services. My gut feeling is that in my have other features not included in CharView but I could be wrong on this as not having used CharView.

What Character Palette does do is show all Glyphs, Unicode listed in blocks or by hex, gives a visual list of all fonts containing the desired symbol, variants and similar items, a verbal descriptor of each item, its code, insert and favorite capability, groupings, collection groupings, unicode groupings magnification and more.

I am starting to get the impression that if I paid for all the shareware and/or commercial equivalents that Panther includes, such as Character Palette, Fax, Labels, Classic Status, utilities, etc. Panther may be a bargain.

Let us not forget that much of this shareware was free or donation-ware when it was first released and only became salable after users, just like you, documented most of the bugs and suggested improvements. That at least makes me feel better about having to buy Panther all over again a year after Jaguar at full price. At least Panther has some real value beyond bug fixes and performance, and sets standards that 3rd party developers need to allow for in their future releases.

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Version 3.0
jbmelby Member Icon+6
jbmelby
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I'm a long-time user of PopChar Pro, which performs tasks similar to those in CharView--but IMHO CharView does more than PopChar and does it better. I have held off retiring PopChar Pro, however, because CharView has placed an icon in the dock when the application is running, thereby cutting down the available dock real estate. Hacking the application to remove the dock icon is a simple but annoying procedure. But now, with v 2.2, CharView allows the user the option of either having the icon appear in the dock or not (an option, BTW, that I wish were offered by many other applications as well). With this change, CharView has replaced PopChar Pro on my machine. I recommend it most highly!

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Version 2.2
B.Briggs Member Icon+0
B.Briggs
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Nice utility modeled after PopChar, but the problem is that it's a memory sucking hog. Open a terminal window and type in "top". Check the RPRVT column and see what the entry is for CharView. It's taking 15+ Megs(!!!!!) on my system. Way too much for something that just provides alternate characters. Even a browser with 10 web pages loaded doesn't use so much RAM. Something about this thing is coded in an incredibly sloppy manner. It takes more RAM than anything else that normally runs on my system.

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Version 2.0.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Sorry, Alex, but I haven't been able to use a version since 1.3.5, which worked great (and still works great!). I use 1.3.5 on an iBook G3/500 and a biege G3 (G4/500 CPU) with OS 9.2.2. Every version since has either crashed on launch, or crashed when a font was selected.

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Version 2.0.1
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Version 3.8.5
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Details

Downloads 15,999
Version Downloads 942
License Shareware
Date 01 Aug 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.50