PopChar
PopChar
8.8

4.8

PopChar free download for Mac

PopChar

8.8
13 December 2019

Floating window shows available font characters.

Overview

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 8.8:
  • Built-in layout for Emoji 12.0.
  • PopChar now always attempts to select the regular/plain style when selecting a font in the list (works around a change to the default order of styles in Catalina).
  • The PopChar application is now signed and notarized with a secure timestamp.
  • Fixes a problem where fonts in the font list were sometimes not shown in the best possible "regular" style.
  • Works around a problem with Catalina's automatic dark mode, where PopChar's P icon in the menu bar was not correctly updated after an automatic light/dark change.
  • Recently introduced Emoji characters are now correctly suppressed on older macOS versions that do not yet support these characters.

Join over 500,000 subscribers.

Subscribe for our newsletter with best Mac offers from MacUpdate.

130 PopChar Reviews

See all

Rate this app:

huffwd
07 October 2019

Most helpful

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!
Like (1)
Version 8.7
huffwd
07 October 2019
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!
Like (1)
Version 8.7
2 answer(s)
Ward
Ward
06 November 2019
PopChar Pro became PopChar X in 2001 to reflect its reimplementation on Apple's introduction of Mac OS X 10.1. See Ergonis' "The history of PopChar (1987 - 2017)" at .
Like
Version 8.7
Ward
Ward
06 November 2019
PopChar Pro became PopChar X in 2001 to reflect its reimplementation on Apple's introduction of Mac OS X 10.1. See Ergonis' "The history of PopChar (1987 - 2017)": https://www.ergonis.com/products/popchar/history/
Like
Version 8.7
Starman535
04 October 2019
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?
Like
Version 8.7
rburgess
20 December 2018
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.
Like (2)
Version 8.5
ma3ry
24 May 2018
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!
Like (3)
Version 8.3
Derekcurrie
23 May 2018
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
Like (3)
Version 8.2
rknoll7
17 December 2017
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. :-)
Like (4)
Version 8.2
Gog4
25 October 2017
It gets better and better by the minute.
Like (4)
Version 8.2
warren-huff
09 October 2017
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!
Like (4)
Version 8.2
designworks-5
10 July 2017
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.
Like (4)
Version 8.0
ikimilikiliklik
07 July 2017
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.
Like (4)
Version 8.0