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PopChar
PopChar
9.2
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0.0
PopChar free download for Mac

PopChar for Mac9.2

28 April 2021

Floating window shows available font characters.

What is PopChar for Mac

PopChar helps you get the most out of your font collection. With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar provides a frustration-free way to access any font's special characters.

Features
  • Expanded accessibility - Your Mac includes over 700 fonts, each of which contains thousands of characters -- Why not make them as accessible as possible? PopChar makes it happen.
  • Interface advantages - PopChar displays easy-to-analyze tables of characters, giving you an ultra-convenient interface. You can't access most of these characters from your keyboard -- PopChar puts them within your reach.
  • Liberating compatibility - No matter what app you are using, PopChar brings snappy simplicity to all font-related tasks. Whether you're working with a word processor or a Web browser, PopChar integrates seamlessly.
  • Smarter searching - PopChar's seasoned search capabilities will help you find what you are looking for, whether you need to search for a character by name, identify fonts that contain specific characters, or explore the entire character set of a font.

What's new in PopChar

Version 9.2:
  • PopChar is now built with the latest compiler and libraries for Big Sur
  • Improved detection and handling of color fonts
  • Updated internal tools (such as the built-in installer)
  • PopChar now always uses the system-specific window appearance
  • New context menu for group headings: Copy all characters or their descriptions
  • PopChar now uses the standard Unicode notation (U+1234) for the hexadecimal representation of characters
  • Improved handling and feedback for window resizing
  • PopChar now correctly restores the clipboard after insertion of a character in formatted mode
  • Fixes clipped segments in the insertion mode control on Big Sur
  • Fixes an alignment issue in the Preferences window
  • Fixes a subtle tracking problem when the mouse pointer enters and leaves the PopChar window
  • Fixes a rare problem with invalid elements in the "Recent Characters" section

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klausthomke
klausthomke
May 10 2021
9.2
0.0
May 10 2021
0.0
Version: 9.2
How can you live without PopChar? It is definitely one of the most usefull apps available. Finding Font characters of different languages would take ages. With PopChar it is just a click. I have been using for ages and I love it.
shuydts
shuydts
Dec 27 2020
9.0
5.0
Dec 27 2020
5.0
Version: 9.0
This app has been a lifesaver for me for more than 10 years. It's so much easier searching for special characters within fonts than what the MacOS offers, the GUI is excellent and so is the support. Highly recommend to anyone having to deal with multiple fonts in publications.
becus1
becus1
Dec 8 2020
9.0
5.0
Dec 8 2020
5.0
Version: 9.0
I have used PopChar for over 20 years and have never had a problem with it. It is one of those apps that just simply works and thus it is genuinely useful. The updates are always seamless and timely. A tired and true app that I don't want to do without.
wolkenschieber84
wolkenschieber84
Dec 6 2020
9.0
5.0
Dec 6 2020
5.0
Version: 9.0
I've been using PopChar on my Macs for 20 years now - and still like the program. It doesn’t take up much space, does not clutter up the desktop and the panels are (still) ver easy to read and use. Since I’m using a fairly large group of fonts, I find myself going back to PopChar on a very regular basis. Furthermore, when can into a technical problem (rarely), I found PopChar customer support most attentive and helpful, reacting positively within a matter of hours with a clear, instructive answer. I’m delighted that the PopChar team is keeping up with the variations of the Mac OS’ - no problem there.
ronster42
ronster42
Dec 6 2020
9.0
5.0
Dec 6 2020
5.0
Version: 9.0
I've been a satisfied user of PopChar since at least 1996. I have frequently needed to access various characters from several different fonts for both professional and private use. I have never found any app that comes close to PopChar with respect to speed or comprehensiveness. PopChar has also been revised and improved over time as Mac OSes have evolved. PopChar's 'P' always sits in the upper left-hand corner of my display ready for work whenever I click it.
billstanford9
billstanford9
Dec 6 2020
9.0
5.0
Dec 6 2020
5.0
Version: 9.0
PopChar was useful when we were just dealing with a few missing ASCII characters; but now with UNICODE's 1000s PopChar is an essential. It's interface is brilliant - it's always there, but unobtrusively: one simply calls it when one needs it. You need it, I need it, we all need PopChar!!
Ronman
Ronman
Dec 4 2020
9.0
5.0
Dec 4 2020
5.0
Version: 9.0
I am a long-term user of PopChar, perhaps even the first version. It has been so long I can no longer remember or find evidence of when I first purchased this product. I use it everyday, and nothing is easier or more convenient. The improvements have been continuous without losing the tremendous ease-of-use that characterizes the product. I am a Mac user and consider PopChar to be a must-have for all.
ma3ryp
ma3ryp
Dec 4 2020
9.0
5.0
Dec 4 2020
5.0
Version: 9.0
I've been using PopChar for probably 20 years. I don't need it often but when I do, it's so great to have it! Wouldn't consider NOT having it. An absolute MUST HAVE imo. GREAT app!
romeburning
romeburning
Dec 3 2020
9.0
5.0
Dec 3 2020
5.0
Version: 9.0
This is the most massively useful little app I have ever downloaded. I have had it on every Macintosh I've used since I was on a Mac LCIII, right through to my MacBook Pros. I download a lot of free fonts, and as many of them are works in progress, they don't all have a full set of punctuation or numbers. With PopChar you can take a look at the whole of the font, including any dingbats they may have hidden in them, or select a needed mark from the most similar font in your collection. It really pleases me to be able to insert ⅔ when I want to. Years ago it was really inexpensive, but if you're paying for an upgrade, you usually get any new upgrades for free for 2 or 3 years. It's worth
PHUBB
PHUBB
Dec 3 2020
9.0
5.0
Dec 3 2020
5.0
Version: 9.0
Great application and has been for years!!!!
Silvermoonbeam
Silvermoonbeam
Dec 2 2020
8.10
5.0
Dec 2 2020
5.0
Version: 8.10
PopChar is fantastic! I've used it for years. It's especially helpful for musicians who need to find and insert elements of musical notation into a document. I wouldn't be without it!.
pete64
pete64
Dec 2 2020
8.10
5.0
Dec 2 2020
5.0
Version: 8.10
PopChar is precious and irreplaceable
mattcsbarry
mattcsbarry
Oct 22 2020
8.10
5.0
Oct 22 2020
5.0
Version: 8.10
PopChar is a very handy tool for rapidly finding characters, especially across many different fonts at the same time. It offers ways to find characters that you do not find in other character panels, such as Adobe apps and TextEdit. I also appreciate how proactive the developer is in updating their apps for the latest Mac OS. I realize that the developer does not get compensated for their time and work on some of these updates. I also appreciate that the developer has not gone to subscription-based licensing, where the customer does not get a choice.
anonymous-jellyfish-5511
anonymous-jellyfish-5511
Sep 4 2020
8.10
5.0
Sep 4 2020
5.0
Version: 8.10
This app has no peer as far as I am concerned. Where other apps require all kinds of machinations to display foreign characters or glyphs etc this app is utter simplicity. Doesn't disturb your CPU or RAM. Forget the mega-company alternatives! Buy this one!!!
Mike-E
Mike-E
Aug 21 2020
8.10
5.0
Aug 21 2020
5.0
Version: 8.10
I don’t know how many years I have been using PopChar. I know I have been through a lot of different Macs during this time. I have to say what a great tool it has been. It has allowed me to quickly find Unicode characters that are difficult to key. I have primarily used it for Tibetan and various diacritics, and now I am using it for Sanskrit as well.
Giosette
Giosette
May 6 2020
8.10
5.0
May 6 2020
5.0
Version: 8.10
INDISPENSABILE !!!
brief-1
brief-1
Apr 13 2020
8.9
5.0
Apr 13 2020
5.0
Version: 8.9
Oops, i forgot the rating stars ... Theo from lovely Vienna...
huffwd
huffwd
Oct 7 2019
8.7
5.0
Oct 7 2019
5.0
Version: 8.7
PopChar Pro (Mac version) is one of my daily absolutely necessary tools. As a geologist I might be working on manuscripts, writing notes to students or discussing matters with colleagues, both national and international. Consequently, I often need either encrypted text in various languages or symbols, such as angstrom (Å) to convey my thoughts. All of this would be much less precise without PopChar Pro!
Starman535
Starman535
Oct 4 2019
8.7
0.0
Oct 4 2019
0.0
Version: 8.7
I use a very old version, and its great. Anybody know, If I buy this app, do I have to buy it again and again everytime there's an update?
rburgess
rburgess
Dec 20 2018
8.5
5.0
Dec 20 2018
5.0
Version: 8.5
I'm an academic and frequently use a lot of obscure letters and characters (my 'favourites' are are £ § ° · Æ ę ̄̇͵ † • €), and as a teacher I also use lots of dingbats and wingdings, so my life would be a frustrating experience every time I sat down to type if I didn't have PopChar. I've used it for years (I have no idea how long, decades?) and I simply can't survive without it. I can't even think of a problem I've ever had with it.
ma3ry
ma3ry
May 24 2018
8.3
5.0
May 24 2018
5.0
Version: 8.3
I've been using PopChar since I bought my first Mac in 1998. IMO it is an essential app for everyone! I don't use it that often, but when I need it, it's there. Highly recommended!
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
May 23 2018
8.2
5.0
May 23 2018
5.0
Version: 8.2
Version 8.3 is available. It has a pile of new features and bug fixes. The list can be found on its History page: http://www.ergonis.com/products/popcharx/history.html
rknoll7
rknoll7
Dec 17 2017
8.2
5.0
Dec 17 2017
5.0
Version: 8.2
PopChar is extremely useful and easy to use. Because I am in a hurry and new symbols are added all the time, I find PopChar extremely useful! It's easy to remember a few but not all shortcuts. Next to my wife, PopChar is my best friend. :-)
Gog4
Gog4
Oct 25 2017
8.2
5.0
Oct 25 2017
5.0
Version: 8.2
It gets better and better by the minute.
warren-huff
warren-huff
Oct 9 2017
8.2
5.0
Oct 9 2017
5.0
Version: 8.2
Hardly a day goes by when I don't reach for PopChar Pro to add a symbol or lettering style to a project I'm working on. It is one of the most useful pieces of software that I have!
designworks-5
designworks-5
Jul 10 2017
8.0
5.0
Jul 10 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
I may not have to use PopChar every day, but I cannot remember when I didn't have this application on my machine to use instantly to paste an unusual character or a foreign language combination character. It is also indispensable for looking at all of the available characters in a font, instantly! I love this application and would not run my machine without it.
ikimilikiliklik
ikimilikiliklik
Jul 7 2017
8.0
5.0
Jul 7 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
If you often find that your keyboard lacks that very key that you were looking for (which is the case if you need to write accented words in many languages or happen to be using a keyboard with a different layout than the proper one for the language you are typing with, I don't think you can find a best option than quickly invoking PopChar. It will insert in a breeze whatever character you were looking, and you'll be back to work as if that key had actually been on your keyboard. On top of that, the attention to users that Ergonis gives is second to none, and all their programs are truly "craftware", rather than plain software.
ben-marko
ben-marko
Jun 24 2017
8.0
0.0
Jun 24 2017
0.0
Version: 8.0
Great little app, very useful...for when I need it. The downside is that I can't justify spending $30 annually for something I rarely use. It would be a sure buy for me if it was much cheaper. I just don't use it often enough.
Nicksloan
Nicksloan
Jun 17 2017
8.0
5.0
Jun 17 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
I forget when I first licensed PopChar, but at least 15 years ago, probably more. It has been an essential utility ever since. in those days software was more expensive, and Ergonis apps are still relatively high-priced, but I never resent paying for upgrades because they are meticulously maintained and have proved very solid over the years, as well as evolving a steady drip of useful new features. I would not like to work for long on a Mac without PopChar.
kwscott
kwscott
Jun 16 2017
8.0
5.0
Jun 16 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
I have used PopChar sparingly for about 15 years. But it does what it is supposed to do. Even better is the customer support which is fast and effective. Using version 8.0 right now, and will continue to update as it evolves.
Bob B 57
Bob B 57
Jun 16 2017
8.0
5.0
Jun 16 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
I am using PopChar for many years with great enthusiasm at my MAC (and PC too). It's fast, very uncomplicated, very functional and very helpful when working. Support: Very competent and friendly, very fair and reliable. Ratin: Five star minimum.
kmontonearacnetcom5425
kmontonearacnetcom5425
Jun 15 2017
8.0
5.0
Jun 15 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
I've been using PopChar for many years and it's never let me down. It quietly lives in the upper corner of my menu bar and is ready, unobtrusively, to help me out when I need it. What a wonderful application! It has come in handy so many times! I can't think of what I would do without it. Thanks to you for developing this application!
thinkman
thinkman
Jun 15 2017
8.0
5.0
Jun 15 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
This is one of my most used menubar Apps, and has been since it first came out - keep up the good work! There are very few others I can say the same about. So, try it…………you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.
ekemtt
ekemtt
Jun 15 2017
8.0
5.0
Jun 15 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
This app is indispensable to linguists. Although typing International Phonetic Alphabets like Christmas trees is a headache for linguists on DTP works of journals or papers, this app makes these works comfortable. And it can help to type Greek alphabets or other non-Roman alphabets e.g. cuneiform like Hittite Language.
willson
willson
Jun 15 2017
8.0
5.0
Jun 15 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
Long-time type designer, here—and long-time PopChar user. Makes it a breeze to access any character in any font.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jun 14 2017
8.0
5.0
Jun 14 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
The upgrade price for v8 is €14.99 or US$17.37 (as of today with $1 PayPal fee added). The new features and fixes list is quite long. It supports Emoji 5.0 while providing an incredibly sane arrangement by meaning of characters for optimum usability. Every possible character variation is easily accessible. Font ligatures are now available in their own list. The new 'Recent Characters' collection is very useful. In short, this is the tool for making the absolute best and most thorough use of all your active fonts. 'How did you do that?' will be answered with 'PopChar!'
frans-3
frans-3
Jun 14 2017
8.0
1.0
Jun 14 2017
1.0
Version: 8.0
Something really wrong with version 8: it takes forever to boot my Mac (Sierra) because version 8 hangs and stalls every other app. After removing v8 from startup items all is well again. Tested it a few times with different user accounts, every time v8 causes big big problems...
sullivanshirleytherese
sullivanshirleytherese
Jun 13 2017
8.0
5.0
Jun 13 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
PopChar is amazing. I frequently `need to insert Attic and Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew words into texts. PopChar provides all the consonants and vowels and can be inserted easily. PopChar also provides access to many other fonts. And it keeps getting better and better! Dr. Shirley Sullivan, FRSC Professor Emeritus of Classics University of British Columbia
becus1
becus1
Jun 13 2017
8.0
5.0
Jun 13 2017
5.0
Version: 8.0
I've used PopChar since around 1995. Through many updates and upgrades over the years, ergonis software has always provided a reliable and useful tool for finding the all the "hidden" characters in fonts. No fuss. No problems. It just works!
Cynthia_Raquel
Cynthia_Raquel
May 23 2017
7.7.1
4.5
May 23 2017
4.5
Version: 7.7.1
Thanks for the work done! Probably the software I most use for years while others are long time gone. Keep going! Merci pour le travail accompli! Probablement le logiciel que j'utilise le plus depuis des années alors que d'autres ont déjà disparu. Continuez!
RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
May 12 2017
7.7.1
0.0
May 12 2017
0.0
Version: 7.7.1
I haven't used this in over 20 years, but it's great to see it's still around. And it's still more useful than the built in keyboard and glyph palette. :)
besford
besford
May 10 2017
7.7
5.0
May 10 2017
5.0
Version: 7.7
PopChar is still the best, init? (Cockney joke)
Five stars
Edac2
Edac2
Nov 29 2016
7.6
5.0
Nov 29 2016
5.0
Version: 7.6
For a while PopChar seemed no longer necessary. But OTF fonts have so many alternate characters I find myself using the glyph palette in InDesign and Illustrator more and more, and I cant even find the glyph palette in Word. So the time is right again for PopChar! Plus it works really snappy.
Terribletoll
Terribletoll
Jun 24 2016
7.5
5.0
Jun 24 2016
5.0
Version: 7.5
I bought this product about 20 years ago and used it non-stop with QXP3. It has a slick and simple interface and is a proven tool. I have missed it ever since but only now got around to buying it. So glad it is still around and 'new and improved' too, nicely up to date.
James
James
May 25 2016
7.5
0.0
May 25 2016
0.0
Version: 7.5
PopChar has always been a great tool and I was a total champion of it when it was free years ago. While I am sure it still is a great tool and has lots of new features, unfortunately at its current price point and my current needs for the use of such a tool, which is very limited, it simply does justify its purchase as it does not represent good value for me. That is the only reason why I have not purchased it. Perhaps it will go on sale sometime in the future at a price where it is justifiable for me.
reneandritsch
reneandritsch
Nov 26 2015
7.2
5.0
Nov 26 2015
5.0
Version: 7.2
I’ve been using PopChar since 1998. It supports me finding the right glyph in any application with a breeze. It evolved constantly and the customer support is fantastic.
retail094
retail094
Aug 31 2015
7.2
5.0
Aug 31 2015
5.0
Version: 7.2
Just wanted to say thank you again for a great program and easy update in anticipation of El Capitan. I use your product all the time as well as KeyCue and Typinator. Thank you for keeping them simple and easy to use. Many enjoyable hours logged with your apps. Keep up the good work. Never a concern about upgrading. Awesome.
ekemtt
ekemtt
Aug 17 2015
7.1
5.0
Aug 17 2015
5.0
Version: 7.1
This app is indispensable to linguists. Although typing International Phonetic Alphabets like Christmas trees is a headache for linguists on DTP works of journals or papers, this app makes these works comfortable. And it can help to type Greek alphabets or other non-Roman alphabets.
Terribletoll
Terribletoll
Jun 2 2015
7.1
5.0
Jun 2 2015
5.0
Version: 7.1
Simple to use and REALLY useful. When you are layout out text and use symbols or characters from different fonts, this is the intuitive tool to use. Once used - always missed when you move to a machine without it. Oh - and it's simple to install, no nonsense and reliable as anything.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
May 31 2015
7.1
5.0
May 31 2015
5.0
Version: 7.1
Anyone who works with text all day wants this perennially great application. Plus, freak people with your Emoji skills.
Vlmaples
Vlmaples
May 26 2015
7.0
5.0
May 26 2015
5.0
Version: 7.0
A must have for people editing, especially in foreign languages. This wonderful utility helps me modify or insert any special character and match my style and fonts in one step. It is stable, reliable, has a very small footprint, but is always accessible and makes my work flow a breeze!
jimmcrae
jimmcrae
May 23 2015
7.0
5.0
May 23 2015
5.0
Version: 7.0
This is a very handy piece of software, with a well designed, thoughtfully set up interface. I have been using it for years - and have even found myself going to PopChar in situations and projects where I didn't except to be using it, which shows some of the strength of this must-have utility. I should also mention I have never encountered a glitch with PopChar, and the developer constantly updates the software. Once you start using PopChar you really will wonder how you got along without it.
Reuven-Ross
Reuven-Ross
Apr 4 2015
7.0
5.0
Apr 4 2015
5.0
Version: 7.0
I’ve been using PopChar since v.3.0. It FAR surpasses any other font character display. This is especially true when using fonts of foreign languages like Russian, Hebrew, Arabic and the Indian languages, etc. This is a MUST BUY and will always be an upgrade for me! Sharp, clean and efficient!
mbraman
mbraman
Mar 23 2015
7.0
5.0
Mar 23 2015
5.0
Version: 7.0
Thanks for sticking around, even when we upgrade to new Mac OS's. I've upgraded for at least 10yrs, your PopChar is invaluable!
norbertmartin
norbertmartin
Jan 17 2015
7.0
5.0
Jan 17 2015
5.0
Version: 7.0
A very handy with soft price utility for finding any special character in the richness of your fonts. It does just that but does it so well.
MagneticCore
MagneticCore
Dec 13 2014
7.0
5.0
Dec 13 2014
5.0
Version: 7.0
I've been using this utility for the Mac for years (1988?)! It has been one of my top three utilities that I must have on every new computer I update! Its elegant, easy to use, and customizable. I know you'll find it as useful as I have.
Hschulsinger
Hschulsinger
Dec 11 2014
7.0
5.0
Dec 11 2014
5.0
Version: 7.0
I bought PopChar version 1.0 in the early days of the Mac, perhaps System 7 or 8, and have continued to update this indispensable app right through the current version, 7.0. Whenever I need a special character, PopChar has always been able to give me exactly what I was looking for. Virtually all Unicode characters are available with a click, and there are many I didn't know existed, but have found useful in my everyday work. PopChar is the one application I use more than any other, and the program is solid, never a glitch. If you do a lot of writing, as I do, then try PopChar. I guarantee that it will be money well spent.
rphartle
rphartle
Nov 28 2014
7.0
5.0
Nov 28 2014
5.0
Version: 7.0
As a busy, deadline driven print & web design business PopChar is and has been an essential tool for me as a graphic designer for over 10 years. My customers love our attention to detail when we use the correct alternate characters for a given font, such as Ligatures & Swash Alternates in Script Faces. Not to mention the essential Mathematical operators, fractions, & symbols needed for Magazine, News & Educational articles. Finally, Having an endless assortment of Dingbats and Glyphs available for Advertising & Web Graphics with POP CHAR makes our work stand out. We use POP CHAR with all our Adobe Creative Suite Apps instead of their slow and clunky glyphs panel. POP CHAR is a TOP 5 Must-Have Accessory for any Digital Media Design!
bruno-jundt
bruno-jundt
Nov 26 2014
7.0
5.0
Nov 26 2014
5.0
Version: 7.0
PopChar never disappointed me over all the years I have been using it. And the new "drawing-feature" to find a character in version 7 is amazing!
SpaceWindStars
SpaceWindStars
Nov 26 2014
7.0
5.0
Nov 26 2014
5.0
Version: 7.0
Have been using PopChar as a casual user since V 1.1.3 and every time some special font feature is wanted, the program makes the quest easy and fun. PopChar has always worked flawlessly for me and am thankful the developer remains dedicated to evolving it in functions and keeping up with Apple’s OS progressions. When a developer releases upgrades to an excellent product several or more times a year, am not concerned with paying beyond the initial purchase cost, what amounts to around $10.00 annually for functionality that always works and is a pleasure to use and have available. Rather, I side with Taylor Swift’s recent opinion about artists deserve to be well paid for their lifework, in that software developers deserve to be honored (well paid) for their sciartistic coding talents and especially when they genuinely care with responsive, effective technical support (as seen within the discussion comments). Essentially, I’ve found PopChar to be a trustworthy application and as a non-coder, really appreciate its existence.
Pastor-G
Pastor-G
Nov 26 2014
7.0
0.0
Nov 26 2014
0.0
Version: 7.0
I've owned this useful piece of software from its earliest iterations. I use it every so often to find a special character. I appreciate that Ergonis Software continues to develop this and other software and I've faithfully upgraded the two pieces I've previously purchased from them over the years. I realize that a company needs to continue to draw revenue from its products, however having to drop another $19 USD for a PopChar upgrade is going to put it in my past. I hope I'm not destined to annoying new version notifications every day or so.
Calguy
Calguy
Nov 25 2014
7.0
5.0
Nov 25 2014
5.0
Version: 7.0
Very conscientious and long-time developer. The fact that it can search for special characters by name (e.g., pi, alpha, copyright) or by shape (!) makes it extremely useful. It is unobtrusive on the menu bar and always there.
StrictlyBagel
StrictlyBagel
Nov 25 2014
7.0
2.5
Nov 25 2014
2.5
Version: 7.0
Incredibly expensive for a one-trick pony. I’ve been a registered user since version 2 or so but won’t upgrade anymore. Truth be told, I’m not using PopChar that much these days as I’ve remembered the keys I used to look up. Also, with Font Book and the like there’re other applications where you can find a certain key if need be. At $5 I would give PopChar another try. At $9.99 I would recommend buying it to friends. At $37.30 for new users and $15 for registered users of earlier versions I cannot support this greedy developer further.
ianrid
ianrid
Nov 25 2014
7.0
0.0
Nov 25 2014
0.0
Version: 7.0
Has anyone compared this with Lemke Software's Fontbook, only $10?
wboweng10
wboweng10
Nov 25 2014
7.0
5.0
Nov 25 2014
5.0
Version: 7.0
Ive been a PopChar user for so many years I can't remember when I started, but it was with my very first Mac way back in the late 80's, I'm sure. Thanks so much for keeping this nifty tool current!
DragonMaster
DragonMaster
Nov 25 2014
7.0
4.0
Nov 25 2014
4.0
Version: 7.0
The is nothing like PopChar. It has saved me frequently when I had to know the source of the font and how to get a copy of it
Maclover1-1
Maclover1-1
Sep 16 2014
6.6
0.0
Sep 16 2014
0.0
Version: 6.6
"Apps Using Significant Energy".. PopChar is way up there, as reported by Yosemite Public Beta. Draining one's battery just to access a character now and then.. er.. worth it ? Not !
PeterHarte
PeterHarte
Aug 20 2014
6.6
3.0
Aug 20 2014
3.0
Version: 6.6
"Preliminary support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite" Not really. Hangs and hogs the system after a while.... Reproducible after each restart... Yosemite public beta 1 and dp6.
ddchene
ddchene
Aug 17 2014
6.5
5.0
Aug 17 2014
5.0
Version: 6.5
Essential if you use characters outside Latin-1. Comprehensive features.
wickedsp1d3r
wickedsp1d3r
Mar 20 2014
6.5
0.0
Mar 20 2014
0.0
Version: 6.5
When I first saw that price, I almost fell off my chair...
Appledogx
Appledogx
Dec 11 2013
6.4
0.0
Dec 11 2013
0.0
Version: 6.4
Great app, absurd price.
kmontonearacnetcom5425
kmontonearacnetcom5425
Jun 26 2013
6.3
5.0
Jun 26 2013
5.0
Version: 6.3
What a great application! It has come in handy so many times! I can't think of what I would do without it. Thank you all for creating this wonderful program!
maxwideman
maxwideman
Mar 20 2013
6.2
5.0
Mar 20 2013
5.0
Version: 6.2
Hi Christoph Reichenberger, just wanted to say that I have just downloaded you latest update and I love it. I've been using PopChar ever since it first came out (Mac Classic OS 8 or 9, I believe) and really appreciate your keeping up with all the system changes. I know that takes a lot of work, but it is indispensable for serious writers.
Neil-Baumgartner
Neil-Baumgartner
Feb 28 2013
6.1
5.0
Feb 28 2013
5.0
Version: 6.1
As a linguist I work with a wide variety of languages and writing systems including several non-Roman writing systems. I have owned PopChar for many years (at least 12, starting with at least PopChar Pro ver. 1.3.1) and have upgraded several times, now at PopChar X 6.1. It have been indispensable especially with the nonRoman writing systems and font. I highly recommend it.
Foulger
Foulger
Dec 8 2012
6.1
3.0
Dec 8 2012
3.0
Version: 6.1
Bought it today as part of the Xmas $49.99 bundle. As stated before - great app outrageous price. Buying the other apps that came with it makes it good value for money for the duration of the Xmas special only. If they can discount it heavily for Xmas they can discount it reasonably for all time
Foulger
Foulger
Nov 27 2012
6.1
3.0
Nov 27 2012
3.0
Version: 6.1
Great Programme greedy price. Simple solution - half the price triple the profit. I've been using Charview for years which still works in ML and is much more comfortably priced. Surely the development period is over by many years, allowing the app owner to reduce the price to a level where many more people will buy and in real terms make more profit. As I said - great programme - greedy developer
dhwebber
dhwebber
Oct 2 2012
6.0.1
5.0
Oct 2 2012
5.0
Version: 6.0.1
I am a software addict. I confess! Over the years I have bought countless programs that I simply "needed", only to realize later that I hardly, if ever, used it. The programs did what they promised, I just did not "need" it. However there occasionally comes along a program that may not be "flashy" upon first inspection but overtime becomes an indispensable part of your daily computing. PopChar is such a program! I have about three (of approximately 50) programs that get installed day one when I get a new computer. PopChar does not clutter my desktop, is always immediately available, rock solid and has never let me down when looking for that special character. Ergonis has always been supportive and clearly listen to their customers feedback. I can not imagine anyone not being able to benefit from this program.
Frankdalian
Frankdalian
Sep 24 2012
6.0.1
5.0
Sep 24 2012
5.0
Version: 6.0.1
I started using PopChar back when I still had a Mac+ and I'm still using it. It just works! I have long spells when I don't use it, but when I do, it's there and it works. Thank you folks for an excellent piece of software.
brightonpete
brightonpete
Sep 22 2012
6.0.1
5.0
Sep 22 2012
5.0
Version: 6.0.1
This is a great app for finding all those difficult to find characters. I love the addition of the font sheets. Now you can view, in various sizes, what each the font looks like. I don't use it much, but it is great to have when I do need it. It beats hunting and pecking for those key-combo's that you can never remember!
ajmartine
ajmartine
Sep 21 2012
6.0.1
5.0
Sep 21 2012
5.0
Version: 6.0.1
With this upgrade (fonts) the program is 1000% better an practical. Andres
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
Sep 10 2012
6.0
5.0
Sep 10 2012
5.0
Version: 6.0
Besides changing the license coverage from two years to one, Ergonis changed the license application from one machine to one user, which means you can use it on more than one of your own computers. Whether this balances out probably depends on whether you have more than one computer. Given how fast operating systems are upgraded these days, the one year license is not unreasonable. Developers have to work harder now to keep their products up-to-date. As for using OS Xs' built-in character and keyboard viewer, I've never found those to be particularly easy to use, which is why PopChar was developed in the first place (and why I've been using it for over a decade). Still, they may be sufficient if you use them rarely. For frequent access, however, in my opinion PopChar cannot be beat. Value is always relative to how much you need a thing.
Chaloots
Chaloots
Sep 10 2012
6.0
0.0
Sep 10 2012
0.0
Version: 6.0
Some years ago I purchased an ergonis software bundle, a MacUpdate Productivity bundle I think it was, as a matter of fact. A year later I opted to upgrade it to the then-current versions (a common practice if originally purchased in similar [e.g., MacHeist] bundles---so I paid. I can't say that any of the three apps were used anywhere close to their design capabilities, or with any frequency, but hey, they were paid for, twice, so I figured 'what the heck'? Shortcut to the present: I received an email announcing a new version of PopChar. In the message was written that the upgrade would be free if purchased after a certain date in June 2011. Just my luck that my last transaction for upgrading the bundle was in April of 0211! I should maybe mention here that back a few year ago their policy towards free upgrades was within TWO years of initial purchase. Out of curiosity I went to their site to find out how much this upgrade would cost. I know of two of the three apps from the bundle have had new versions. What I wasn't prepared for was the sticker shock in how much a September 2012 upgrade would cost! I may have miscalculated, but am fairly certain that according to the website's figures, upgrading the bundle would be about 50% MORE than upgrading each and every one of the three apps, and that's not counting that one of them is current! I don't have a money tree to shake dollars (or euros) from in the back yard. I also don't know if anyone from ergonis monitors reviews of their products here. But if they do, allow me to suggest re-evaluating your price structures, especially considering that I can pay for a whole operating system for about a third of what they're asking to upgrade two apps!
James
James
Sep 10 2012
6.0
0.0
Sep 10 2012
0.0
Version: 6.0
While at one time this product was a 'must have' tool but for ML users given its almost $40 price tag and the options built into the OS (Character Viewer and Keyboard Viewer under Language and Text Preferences) I am no longer so sure that is value justifies the price except perhaps for certain circumstances. To put it in another way, the options in Language and Text Preferences probably can fulfill the majority of user needs in this area and I would suggest checking out these options that are part of Mac OS before making a decision.
Mtcobra
Mtcobra
Sep 10 2012
6.0
0.0
Sep 10 2012
0.0
Version: 6.0
If you are running an earlier version of PopChar X, be advised that Version 6.0 requires a new license key, and will run in trial mode until you purchase one. The installation program will warn you and gives you a chance to abort the install (I did), and tells you that you may re-download an earlier version at any time.
Yazarim
Yazarim
Sep 10 2012
6.0
0.0
Sep 10 2012
0.0
Version: 6.0
Very useful, yes, expecially if you have to write in more than 1 language, with different alphabets and special characters which you do not know how to type with (where to find on) your keybord. I think I have been using it for more than 20 years, always happy
Legrandjulie
Legrandjulie
Aug 8 2012
5.4.1
5.0
Aug 8 2012
5.0
Version: 5.4.1
I've used PopChar for the Mac for several years across many Mac OS's. The product has improved in leaps and bounds over that time with added features. As a medical person, and as a French and German speaker, I always ensure I'm using the correct scientific symbols in scientific papers or the correct accents and currency symbols in non-English text I create. What is more, the symbols and accents are spread across so many of the various fonts I use. More recently I have needed to install Microsoft Windows into my Mac when the medical software I am committed to using abandoned its Mac version and concentrated on a PC version. So I also bought the PopChar PC edition and am very happy with both versions
Ibeme
Ibeme
May 13 2012
5.4.1
5.0
May 13 2012
5.0
Version: 5.4.1
This is an app that really should be part of the OS itself. PopChar is a "must have" app that I consider indispensible.
Ademardechabannes
Ademardechabannes
Apr 24 2012
5.4
5.0
Apr 24 2012
5.0
Version: 5.4
This application is invaluable in content and execution. It's a most efficient tool, and works with applications when it's needed and diapers when it's done. I was also impressed with the dedication of the developers, who give audience to the concerns of users and step up to get things done!
Lolita
Lolita
Feb 3 2012
5.3
0.0
Feb 3 2012
0.0
Version: 5.3
Using "Special Characters" in Lion or "Character Viewer" in Snow Leopard (instead of the greedily overpriced PopChar) does NOT require any prior setup, and neither needs to be enabled in the Language & Text System Preferences. Both features are automatically accessible right out of the box in most text-capable applications — except Microsoft Word (the dicks) and a few others — RIGHT FROM THEIR MENU BAR: JUST CLICK THE LAST SELECTION (usually) IN THE EDIT MENU. It's that simple. Even simpler, just enter COMMAND-OPTION-T, but only in programs that allow access to Special Character/Character Viewer from the Edit menu (so not in M$ Word), and only when you have a text-enterable window open (so it'll work in Safari when a text box is open, but not when viewing a normal webpage — you must be in text input mode). Cool, huh? However, if you want to have the "Keyboard & Character Viewer" icon (which, bizarrely, does not reflect the Lion name change to "Special Characters") in the menu bar at all times — even though it does not affect any easier or faster access than simply using the Edit ➔ Special Characters/Character Viewer method (though it does give you a way of using Special Characters/Character Viewer with M$ Word!) — then use Bosskev's excellent instructions below.
Penguirl
Penguirl
Sep 28 2011
5.3
0.0
Sep 28 2011
0.0
Version: 5.3
I own an older version of PopChar which I have not updated because: 1. The upgrade price. Too much money for what it does. 2. No ability to create a favorites list of characters. The built in Edit ➪ Special Characters works as well or better, and doesn't cost any extra.
Bosskev
Bosskev
Sep 27 2011
5.3
5.0
Sep 27 2011
5.0
Version: 5.3
In October of 2008, I left a glowing review of PopChar here on MacUpdate, even calling it a "must have" tool. While true at the time, and while PopChar probably continues to be an excellent utility, I must say I have long since moved on and no longer use nor pay for PopChar. Character Viewer from Apple, already included on every contemporary Mac, does everything I used to do with PopChar, just as easily and just as well. The only trick is you need to know how to FIND Character Viewer. Go to System Preferences > Language & Text > Input Sources, and then check two boxes: "Keyboard & Character Viewer", and "Show input menu in menu bar". Now look in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen, over on the far right side. You'll see a (very strange) little icon, sort of like a box with an asterisk on it. Click there, and then choose "Show Character Viewer". Done. PopChar may or may not have additional functionality beyond how I use Character Viewer. But PopChar is just too unrealistic in today's global economy about its pricing. When I can buy an entire operating system such as Lion for $30 (and, furthermore, am authorized to install it on several systems), a one-trick pony like PopChar, currently selling for about $40, needs to seriously re-evaluate its pricing and licensing structure.
iPoopStore
iPoopStore
Sep 27 2011
5.3
5.0
Sep 27 2011
5.0
Version: 5.3
Great product and works well. Good support if you need it too. I really like the unobtrusive way it works by keeping itself stowed away in the corner of my screen until I need. I don't agree that Character Viewer is a viable option for many of us that need to find a special character. Character Viewer has far too many limitations. With PopChar I easily change the font and extended the list to include such a vast array of special characters it would take others days to find with Character Viewer. I will agree the price for PopChar is quite steep. For a professional writer the $40 price is reasonable but for the average user like myself that uses PopChar 3-4 times a year it's too much.
GeogProf
GeogProf
Jun 11 2011
5.2
3.5
Jun 11 2011
3.5
Version: 5.2
I’m a Geography professor and the head of a political public relations consultancy that serves mostly foreign governments of Turkic nations, so I use many unusual text characters in my daily work. After years of frustration, I got very tired of the complex and time consuming process of accessing the dozen or so characters that exist in the Turkish alphabet but not in English. So I bought PopChar two years ago, and I’m more or less satisfied with it. However, I feel that its developer overpriced PopChar by at least a factor of 2, and his upgrade policies are shamelessly greedy. Nevertheless, I bought it because I was desperate. However, after buying PopChar, I discovered that OS X has its own utility for entering unusual characters that’s only slightly less convenient than PopChar — the Character Viewer (formerly called Character Palette). Anyone who’s thinking of forking out $37 for PopChar should know that the FREE Character Viewer that’s built into OS 10.4 through 10.6 does the same things in much the same ways as PopChar. It’s just summoned in a slightly less efficient way, and that’s PopChar’s only real advantage over Character Viewer, but it’s unquestionably NOT worth $37. Had I known about the Character Viewer before I bought PopChar, I would never have done so because it’s ridiculous price far outweighs the teeny tiny efficiency it provides vis-à-vis Character Viewer. To use Character Viewer to input unusual characters in nearly all applications except Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2011 but including Microsoft Outlook 2011, just click the ‘Edit’ menu and select ’Special Characters’ from the drop-down menu (or use the Option-Command-T combination). That will summon the Character Viewer interface, which is very similar to the PopChar window. If you frequently use a certain unusual character(s) and want it to be readily accessible, just find the character(s) in Character Viewer and add it(them) to its Favorites pane. Then, every time you use Character Viewer your favorite character(s) will appear front and center for easy 1-click entering into whatever text you’re writing. If you click the green button in the top-left corner of the Viewer, it will minimize to a very small, square window that you can place wherever you want to even more easily call it into service.
JimEdC
JimEdC
Feb 4 2011
5.1
5.0
Feb 4 2011
5.0
Version: 5.1
If you're in search of a neat little Mac utility to let you easily find little used keyboard characters, look no further than Ergonis Software's PopChar X. It's simple, efficiently lean, but robust - it will do everything you need in finding and using any of the keyboard characters available on your Mac. Like its companions in Ergonis' Productivity Bundle, Typinator and KeyCue, PopChar X is exquisitely designed, devoid of seldom used features that most often mask the functionality of other similar programs. That said, PopChar X, and its Productivity Bundle siblings, leave nothing to want in functionality - they 'cover all bases' of the purpose for which they were designed.
Thyx
Thyx
Nov 8 2010
5.1
0.0
Nov 8 2010
0.0
Version: 5.1
If you're working with multilingual texts, say diverse diacritics or just Romance and Germanic languages: Have a look at the U.S Academic keyboard layout: http://www.unibuc.ro/en/cd_sorpaliga_en It's not perfect for my purposes, but pretty close. Includes Hebrew, Greek, Cyrillic, Phonetic, Maori (ā) etc. etc. My best friend for surviving massively multilingual linguistic projects. Including a lot of diacritics for all needs. [bumped up from a comment myself]
Mrgadget®
Mrgadget®
Jun 17 2010
5.0
0.0
Jun 17 2010
0.0
Version: 5.0
As a VERY long time PopChar user, I find that with each update, the software becomes even more indispensable and useful. The developer continues to innovate, making it easier to use and tweaking it in response to comments and suggestions. If you are a writer AND more than occasionally need or want to use those special characters resident within your fonts, PopChar is a must-have and inexpensive way to get what you want, what you need, quickly. Always there in the upper left hand corner of my desktop, I click on PopChar as needed. Then, quick as it appears, when I click on what I want to insert, it disappears back up to the corner and, save for the little "P" sitting there to let me know it's there and ready for use. My recommendation is to download and try it, then decide. It will cost you nothing! PopChar really does unlock the full potential of all your fonts, that, perhaps, you never knew existed. Again, just try it and decide. I did and I've been a fan and user since version 1.0, many, many Macs ago! New in Version 5 is the Favorites area where those characters commonly used may be easily added for instant access. Thanks for the wonderful, useful utility, Ergonis! By the way, I like it so much that I also use the Windows version, though most of its use is on my Mac. I hope my comments are helpful to anyone sitting on the fence!
Espiridion
Espiridion
Jun 16 2010
5.0
0.0
Jun 16 2010
0.0
Version: 5.0
I like Ergonis and their products, but even the recent 5-star reviews -from people who have never reviewed anything- can't make this look like an attractive upgrade. I'm staying with version 4. @RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR, Although their upgrade policy used to be very attractive, upgrades may not be free for 2 years anymore: "If you purchase an upgrade now, all minor upgrades of PopChar X 5 are included for free in the one-time upgrade fee of only EUR 14.99 (single license)." Great company, great products, excellent customer support, but expensive prices.
Dcg
Dcg
Jun 16 2010
5.0
5.0
Jun 16 2010
5.0
Version: 5.0
I have been a devoted user of two Ergonis products -- PopChar and Typinator -- for many years. I find both to be enormously useful and real time-savers. And even more siginificantly, Ergonis's upgrade policies are among the most humane I have ever encountered. And, to boot, their customer support is incredibly speedy and personal -- you get a response from a real person, not just a boilerplate, generic reply. I'd give six stars instead of just five if I could!
Andegerd
Andegerd
Jun 16 2010
5.0
5.0
Jun 16 2010
5.0
Version: 5.0
PopChar is very handy for me! I am a researcher and writer, and I work a lot with foreign languages and transcriptions from eg Greek and Hebrew. To have PopChar so easily accessible is excellent for me. It is also important that the sets of characters are complete, which is true as far as I have seen. I used PopChar years ago, and was very happy to download and use the new version for OS X. Also using Typinator from Ergonis-wonderful shortcuts for words or phrases I frequently use.
Random-Number-Generator
Random-Number-Generator
Jun 16 2010
5.0
0.0
Jun 16 2010
0.0
Version: 5.0
People have complained about the supposed steep upgrade price, but this is unjustified and wrong. Ergonis operate on a two year subscription plan in which you can download and update PopChar for two years without extra cost. I have just downloaded and upgraded to v5.0 at no extra cost. They notify you when the subscription is about to expire. See their website for details.
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4.7
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.8.0 or later
License: 
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