Spell Catcher X
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Global spell checking utility.   Shareware ($39.95)
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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
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).
New
  • 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.
Enhanced
  • Improvements to Spell Catcher > Get Updates and Languages window, adding a pane to display a full, styled text description of the selected update.
Updated
  • 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.
Fixed
  • 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.

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
  • New Cancel Last Expansion command in Spell more...
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 or later





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Spell Catcher X User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Shipmac reviewed on 20 Sep 2013
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
[Version 10.4.1]

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Raven. replied on 13 Oct 2013
Aye, aye! Love this app. used it for years and I hope to have it back soon...
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Andrewrodney replied on 17 Dec 2013
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!
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Billindg replied on 04 Apr 2014
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.
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Andrewrodney replied on 04 Apr 2014
>>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!
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Joypebble reviewed on 14 Jul 2013
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
[Version 10.4.1]


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Misha commented on 19 Jul 2012
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
[Version 10.4.1]

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Odysseus replied on 23 Jul 2012
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.
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Mmueck replied on 27 Jul 2012
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.
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Verne Arase replied on 28 Sep 2012
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.
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Psychiatry replied on 24 Oct 2012
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.
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UNOwen reviewed on 23 Jan 2012
A good 'ole' application, that only improves with time.
[Version 10.4.1]


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Pengman reviewed on 07 Jan 2012
This is simply a great app. Works on -all- my programs including Firefox. Invaluable. I work in the media and I am VERY impressed.
[Version 10.4.1]


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Bigcloits reviewed on 23 Dec 2011
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.
[Version 10.4.1]


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Bigcloits commented on 23 Dec 2011
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.
[Version 10.4.1]

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Bigcloits replied on 23 Dec 2011
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
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Largesse replied on 03 Mar 2012
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.
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Jayme Bertelli reviewed on 23 Dec 2011
Does not work with Microsoft Word for Mac and is not better than the available spelling tool of the Microsoft. Poor video tutorials
[Version 10.4.1]

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Bigcloits replied on 23 Dec 2011
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.
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Duncan Adams reviewed on 23 Dec 2011
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 .
[Version 10.4.1]


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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 13 Dec 2011
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.
[Version 10.4.1]

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Espiridion replied on 13 Dec 2011
Have you tried http://www.rainmakerinc.com/support/ ?
Evan has always answered my questions promptly via email or through his forum.
Hope this helps.
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Bobembry replied on 13 Dec 2011
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
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Bobembry replied on 13 Dec 2011
My reply got mangled. Apparently it doesn't like angle brackets. The example was *[ NOTE: cursor ]*. Just try it and see.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 13 Dec 2011
@ Bobembry: choose from what? What's the context? If I have to manually place my cursor it's already done.
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Tomeck replied on 15 Dec 2011
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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alas! had trouble on 06 Mar 2009
Purchased Spell catcher after trying it out. Worked well for a while. But found that Spell Catcher's alerts functions do not work most of the time on my machine. The developer has no explanation nor a fix. So Spell Catcher is essentially useless to me.
OS 10.5 on a MacBook Pro Intel core 2 duo.
If Spell Catcher works for you, go for it. It's really very good.
[Version 10.3.2]



Arnoldweil rated on 09 Oct 2012

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Physhbourne rated on 13 Sep 2012

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Ftfang rated on 13 Aug 2012

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Jrgreen rated on 17 Jun 2012

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Anthonyg rated on 13 May 2012

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Mistertoad17 rated on 06 May 2012

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Tim Bennett rated on 30 Apr 2012

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Dbphotog rated on 05 Apr 2012

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Matt Pereira rated on 27 Feb 2012

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Dialing_wand rated on 24 Feb 2012

[Version 10.4.1]


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License:Shareware
Date:14 Dec 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $39.95
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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!

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.


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