Spell Catcher X
Spell Catcher X
10.4.1

4.0

Spell Catcher X free download for Mac

Spell Catcher X

10.4.1
15 December 2011

Global spell checking utility for OS X 10.5-10.7.

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 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
  • 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.

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Espiridion
08 October 2008

Most helpful

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.
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Version 10.3
Andrewrodney
28 September 2018
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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Version 10.4.1
4 answer(s)
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
26 October 2018
I have run into some quirks on 10.14 Mojave:
1) The OS keeps changing the keyboard back to the native system input source keyboard without notice. Therefore, I now have to keep checking in the menu bar what keyboard is set. Fortunately, there are system keystrokes users can set to switch to the next/previous keyboard in your list. [The defaults were taken on my system, so I chose to use Ctrl-P and Ctrl-Opt-P] Go to: System Preferences/Keyboard/Shortcuts/Input Sources.
2) Odd spelling replacement behavior crops up in various apps. I have played around with the Preferences settings, which help. But I've run into situations that are frustrating if not insolvable.
3) It still flakes out entirely from time to time. The solution is to simply quit the running process. It will reboot itself as soon as you choose it again as your input source/keyboard.

Overall: What a great program, to still be working! I wish wish wish someone would take over the code base and UPDATE IT! I also feel sorry for those who'd like to buy it. You can't. The store interface is inert. Very sad. :-(

Some developer adopt this wonderful OrphanWare! Please! it's a gem!
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Andrewrodney
Andrewrodney
26 October 2018
Derekcurrie; I've seen the same issue you report with the Input source changing but it appears to 'stick' if set a few times. It has remained active now for about a month of use in Mojave. You may have to set it more than once with newer applications but after, it should stick.
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Thaiwest
Thaiwest
29 October 2018
When I install from the down-loaded disc image, the application will not open (MacOS Mojave). ?? However, when I simply drag-copied the application and related folders into the proper places, it works!
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harvey-kliman
harvey-kliman
04 May 2019
Thaiwest: would you mind sharing with me how you can manually install SC? I have it running on a 2015 iMac running 10.13.6 because I simply migrated from an older OS that had SC installed. However, on my newer MBPro running the same OS I don't have SC because I created it from scratch. I'd love to "install" SC as I am a registered user and should have the necessary files, but don't know where to put them.
If you don't mind, it would be easiest if you email me directly:
harvey.kliman@yale.edu
Much appreciated.
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Derekcurrie
21 November 2016
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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Version 10.4.1
5 answer(s)
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
28 May 2017
Note: As of the end of July, 2016 the Kagi Store closed down. This has left no method of buying/purchasing/licensing Spell Catcher X. I've dropped a note in the Rainmaker forum about it. Meanwhile, it's still possible to download the latest version. Let's hope future users don't have to resort to cracked licenses. SPX is still working well on 10.12.6beta.
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Andrewrodney
Andrewrodney
07 August 2017
One upcoming issue will be the next major version of the OS will not support 32 bit applications and unfortunately, that may mean the end of SC running.
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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
07 August 2017
Andrewrodney: Yes, whatever follows macOS 10.12.13 High Sierra will run 64-bit apps only. Therefore, the main Spell Catcher app itself will not run.

As an aside, let me quote from the page "What’s New in Spell Catcher X version 10.4.1".

http://www.rainmakerinc.com/products/spellcatcherx/whatsnew10_4.html

"Spell Catcher’s “helper” applications all run in 64-bit mode (on supporting systems). Specifically, these are the Spell Catcher SpellServer and Spell Catcher Services background applications."

That code, at least, is 64-bit. But seeing as the main app is not, unless someone leaps in to save the day, Spell Catcher will EOL (end of life) with macOS 10.14, which presumably will be circa September 2018. Very sad.
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Andrewrodney
Andrewrodney
30 September 2017
Just installed 10.13 (High Sierra), thankfully SC is still running!
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paultahoe
paultahoe
23 January 2018
Spell Catcher 10.4.1 runs faster on High Sierra 10.13.2 with the APFS file system like it never has before with zero errors. I've been with this program since Thunder 7 days. Fantastic!
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Andrewrodney
06 October 2015
Still running for me under 10.11. Slow in the app itself but otherwise, functioning.
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Version 10.4.1
3 answer(s)
Andrewrodney
Andrewrodney
28 March 2017
Update: It runs under 10.12.4 under the right settings from the input menu (was crashing).
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Dan-Greuel
Dan-Greuel
06 April 2017
Could you please specify the settings you used to make it work under 10.12.4? I just updated and am now experiencing the crashing :'-(
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Andrewrodney
Andrewrodney
07 August 2017
I've provided a screen capture of my input menu settings that DO NOT crash under 10.12.6 here:
http://digitaldog.net/files/Spellcatcher.jpg
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jeff-38
02 September 2015
Great Mac app but no longer works.
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Version 10.4.1
1 answer(s)
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
21 November 2016
No. It works really well actually! But note that I'm using 10.3.7, not 10.4.1.
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steph-2
11 August 2015
I miss this app! Is Linguisoft working on this now?
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Version 10.4.1
Derekcurrie
12 July 2015
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!
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Version 10.4.1
roby2222
29 March 2015
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.
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Version 10.4.1
Iain-Reilly
17 March 2015
Great app
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Version 10.4.1
Billindg
21 January 2015
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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Version 10.4.1
1 answer(s)
Lightning
Lightning
25 June 2015
Adding a copy of the input menu app to the root Library /Library/Input Methods/SpellCatcherIM.app worked for me. Thanks
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Andrewrodney
19 October 2014
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.
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Version 10.4.1
4 answer(s)
anonymous-dingo-826
anonymous-dingo-826
19 October 2014
For me it finally died under 10.9.5 and I totally removed it from my Mac. There was after a steady decline in SC's performance and general stability under later updates of Mavericks during which it really destabilized my Mac's performance overall as well. There is still a web site for SC (despite the developer's death in 2012) but a query I sent to Rainmaker a few months back. got no response at all. It was an excellent app while it still worked but I have had to move on.
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Andrewrodney
Andrewrodney
19 October 2014
I think I can get Grammarian PRO2 which I also own to do 85-90% of what I need. Right now importing words to correct from SC to this product thanks to a tip from the developer. It runs fine under 10.10.
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Andrewrodney
Andrewrodney
27 November 2014
Update: after futzing around with the huge number of possible settings in SC, I am able to get it to run in 10.10.1. It’s slow in terms of configuring the application itself, but runs pretty well otherwise. I suspect that IF you can’t get SC to run in Yosemite, it might be one or more settings. Interactive spell check, replace text and so forth IS working for me under Yosemite which is fantastic! While Grammarian PRO worked pretty well, SC is really my preferred app for this and I just hope as the OS updates, SC will continue to run.
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supercrisp
supercrisp
29 June 2015
The developer, Evan Gross, passed away, and, from what I was able to gather, it was pretty much a one-man show on development, and they weren't able to find anyone to pick up where he left off. It's a real shame, since many of us, like me, had been using this since the late '80s, when it was called Thunder.
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