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Spell Catcher X
Spell Catcher X
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Spell Catcher X free download for Mac

Spell Catcher X

Version 10.4.1

Global spell checking utility for OS X 10.5-10.7.

$39.96
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Spell Catcher X overview

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 version 10.4.1

Updated on Dec 15 2011

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.

Information

License

Shareware

Size

19.8 MB

Downloads

48818

App requirements

  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
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macdocsc
macdocsc
Jun 9 2022
10.4.1
0.0
Jun 9 2022
0.0
Version: 10.4.1
I hope they bring this back, it's not compatible with the new operating system, it's the only one that would give you a list of words that it thinks you were trying to spell and let you click on them and have it pronounce them, before you selected them, even would give you their definition, brilliant program! I hope they bring it back
gettingshorter
gettingshorter
May 3 2020
10.4.1
5.0
May 3 2020
5.0
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!
Andrewrodney
Andrewrodney
Sep 28 2018
10.4.1
0.0
Sep 28 2018
0.0
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.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Nov 21 2016
10.4.1
4.0
Nov 21 2016
4.0
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.
Andrewrodney
Andrewrodney
Oct 6 2015
10.4.1
0.0
Oct 6 2015
0.0
Version: 10.4.1
Still running for me under 10.11. Slow in the app itself but otherwise, functioning.
jeff-38
jeff-38
Sep 2 2015
10.4.1
3.0
Sep 2 2015
3.0
Version: 10.4.1
Great Mac app but no longer works.
steph-2
steph-2
Aug 11 2015
10.4.1
5.0
Aug 11 2015
5.0
Version: 10.4.1
I miss this app! Is Linguisoft working on this now?
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jul 12 2015
10.4.1
4.0
Jul 12 2015
4.0
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!
roby2222
roby2222
Mar 29 2015
10.4.1
1.0
Mar 29 2015
1.0
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.
Iain-Reilly
Iain-Reilly
Mar 17 2015
10.4.1
4.5
Mar 17 2015
4.5
Version: 10.4.1
Great app
Billindg
Billindg
Jan 21 2015
10.4.1
3.5
Jan 21 2015
3.5
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.
Andrewrodney
Andrewrodney
Oct 19 2014
10.4.1
0.0
Oct 19 2014
0.0
Version: 10.4.1
So is Spell Catcher dead under Yosemite (10.10?). I'm at a loss to get it working. Had to quit just to type with two different keyboards.
Shipmac
Shipmac
Sep 20 2013
10.4.1
5.0
Sep 20 2013
5.0
Version: 10.4.1
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
Joypebble
Joypebble
Jul 14 2013
10.4.1
5.0
Jul 14 2013
5.0
Version: 10.4.1
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
-M-S-
-M-S-
Jul 19 2012
10.4.1
0.0
Jul 19 2012
0.0
Version: 10.4.1
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
UNOwen
UNOwen
Jan 23 2012
10.4.1
4.0
Jan 23 2012
4.0
Version: 10.4.1
A good 'ole' application, that only improves with time.
Pengman
Pengman
Jan 7 2012
10.4.1
5.0
Jan 7 2012
5.0
Version: 10.4.1
This is simply a great app. Works on -all- my programs including Firefox. Invaluable. I work in the media and I am VERY impressed.
Jayme-Bertelli
Jayme-Bertelli
Dec 23 2011
10.4.1
1.5
Dec 23 2011
1.5
Version: 10.4.1
Does not work with Microsoft Word for Mac and is not better than the available spelling tool of the Microsoft. Poor video tutorials
Duncan-Adams
Duncan-Adams
Dec 23 2011
10.4.1
2.5
Dec 23 2011
2.5
Version: 10.4.1
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 .
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
Dec 13 2011
10.4.1
0.0
Dec 13 2011
0.0
Version: 10.4.1
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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