Spell Catcher X
Spell Catcher X


Spell Catcher X free download for Mac

Spell Catcher X10.4.1

15 December 2011

Global spell checking utility for OS X 10.5-10.7.


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!

Spell Catcher X's all-in-one-product features include:

  • Available-everywhere as-you-type (interactive) and after-you've-typed-it (batch) spell checking. Fully integrated with the standard Mac OS X Spelling Panel.
  • Comprehensive spelling dictionaries for 16 different languages, with thesaurus look ups in 12 languages. Nine spelling languages and 10 thesaurus databases are included for free!
  • Powerful, fast, searchable, state-of-the-art shorthand expansions. Date and time shorthands that are infinitely configurable.
  • Two different English-language thesaurus databases available - the "right word" is just a few keystrokes away.
  • U.S. English dictionary with definitions.
  • If you can't find it in the thesaurus or dictionary definitions, you'll find it on the Internet using Spell Catcher's integrated dictionary server support.
  • Spell Catcher X's completion feature finishes what you're typing for you. Not just dictionary words are offered as completions, but shorthands, your personal learned words, thesaurus synonyms, and (saving the best for last), names, email addresses, phone numbers and address information from your Address Book! With Spell Catcher X's Address Book completions, your Address Book is truly available everywhere.
  • Spell Catcher X's Ghostwriter offers you "Safety When You Haven't Saved." Ghostwriter saves what you type while you type it, making it possible to recover your work after a crash or other similar disaster. Because it's built on top of an interactive writing tool, Ghostwriter keeps an incredibly accurate, complete, and easy-to-recover account of what you've written.
  • Customizable text manipulation tools let you "Modify Selections" of text in many different ways. Clean up badly-formatted email messages, strip excess white space and other characters, make paragraphs out of text with returns at the end of every line. Create your own macros from the basic functions that are included with Spell Catcher X.
  • Tailor the way Spell Catcher works to the way you and the applications you use work. Almost every preference can be set on a per-application basis.

What's new in Spell Catcher X

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).
  • New Cancel Last Expansion command in Spell Catcher’s Input menu. This will delete any text entered since the most recent shorthand expansion or completion. In most applications, this is generally equivalent to choosing Edit > Undo. There are some applications, however, where the Undo command may work differently—undoing more than you might want. The Cancel Last Expansion command is useful in such applications, particularly when you type an abbreviation that you didn’t mean to.
  • 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).
  • Ability to show and sort by Date Modified in Shorthand Glossary document windows. Control-click the table column header to see a shortcut menu to set the visibility of the columns. It’s now possible to hide the Expansion column, as the Expansion is always visible in the text area on the right side of the window.
New for OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Spell Catcher’s input method application (64-bit capable) makes use of new-in-Lion input method functionality. The most noticeable will be improved performance of DirectCorrect in many applications.
  • The Spell Catcher application now “opts-out” of OS X 10.7 Lion’s “Reopen windows when logging back in” feature. This means that the Spell Catcher application will only open (at login) when required by its input method, or by the Mac OS X system-wide spelling checker.
  • The Spell Catcher application now supports OS X 10.7 OS X 10.7 Lion’s suspend/resume functionality for the Preferences, Find in References, Check Word, and Edit Macro windows.
  • Improvements to Spell Catcher > Get Updates and Languages window, adding a pane to display a full, styled text description of the selected update.
  • Many internal code changes, primarily to support OS X 10.7 (Lion) features and capabilities.
  • Minor performance improvements throughout.
  • Built with Xcode 4.2.1 on OS X 10.7 Lion.
  • Properly expand shorthands that include “Special Keys” when using the input methods Completion feature.
  • Properly update the Spell Catcher application’s Dock icon on Lion.
  • Fixes to long-standing problems extracting the correct name, license code, and e-mail address from text dropped or pasted to the License Manager window.
  • Fixes to naming of Ghostwriter files and folders (input method application).
  • Worked around bugs in Mac OS X’s Folder Manager that could prevent Scripting Additions from working in the Spell Catcher application.
  • Numerous other far more obscure issues.

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08 October 2008
Version: 10.3

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Worthy update to a great program. This version comes with a variety of improvements and added features that can be found here: http://www.rainmakerinc.com/products/spellcatcherx/whatsnew10_3.html Support is excellent, and the upgrade fee is very reasonable. For those unfamiliar with the program, in addition to being a spell checker, it can also be used to expand frequently used text, get text statistics (e.g., Fog Index and Flesch-Kincaid), manipulate text (e.g., changing case, removing multiple spaces, etc.), use Macros, and more. DirectCorrect is an important new feature. It may not work with all applications, and with some it may not be evident that it works. For example, it may appear that it's no possible to turn it on with a specific application, but when the interface has a field that supports DirectCorrect -like when typing this review or posting on a forum- it becomes possible to turn it on. It pays to read about its features and experiment with it.
03 May 2020
Version: 10.4.1
Single best spell checker on the marked even if it’s generations behind. Best interactive Spell checking & easy -correctingctionary built in, thesaurus and dictionary and best of all it's the single best key-logger ("Ghost Writer") that captures all characters up until the last word (in ANY field) you typed before you lost the doc, they're all filed separately in a folder dated and named with the app and time that the disaster happened. No complicated "genius" sentence that you constructed can be lost. It's all in the folder!
28 September 2018
Version: 10.4.1
Good news: this product still runs even under 10.14 (Mojave)! Amazing coding still works after all these years. This will be the last however as the next major update to the OS will no longer run 32-bit applications.
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21 November 2016
Version: 10.4.1
v10.3.7 still works on macOS 10.12.x Sierra! Amazing! What a testimony to it's developer, who passed on years ago. (^_^)

Please, someone: Pickup where the developer left off and keep this app going forever! Make this Open Source! What would I do without Spell Catcher? I can't imagine.
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06 October 2015
Version: 10.4.1
Still running for me under 10.11. Slow in the app itself but otherwise, functioning.
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02 September 2015
Version: 10.4.1
Great Mac app but no longer works.
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11 August 2015
Version: 10.4.1
I miss this app! Is Linguisoft working on this now?
12 July 2015
Version: 10.4.1
v10.3.7 is still working on the latest version of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Thank goodness. It remains the only spelling application I can stand using. The thing remains brilliant, despite some slight creakiness with age. Who'd have guessed?

But just for safety's sake: I wish Spell Catcher would go open source in order to allow it to continue to have a prominent place in Mac history forever onward! Or at least someone take over the development and return it to a living future!
29 March 2015
Version: 10.4.1
I have loved this program for years, but it simply does not perform well under Yosemite. I had to delete it because it could not keep up with my tying (and I am not a fast typist). It was scrambling about every forth word or so. Real shame, because it simply was the best there was for a long time.
17 March 2015
Version: 10.4.1
Great app
21 January 2015
Version: 10.4.1
Spell Catcher is still working for me under 10.10.1. I added a copy of the input menu app to the root Library /Library/Input Methods/SpellCatcherIM.app in addition to user level Library copy. Also after adding SC to the Input Sources menu in the Keyboard Prefs pane you may need to do a restart.
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