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PopChar
PopChar
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PopChar

Version 9.4

Floating window shows available font characters.

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PopChar 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 version 9.4

Updated on May 20 2022

  • PopChar is now a universal application with native support for Apple Silicon.
  • On supporting keyboards, the F20 function key can be used as PopChar's hotkey.
  • Internal redesign of the character rendering components improves speed and consistency between fonts.
  • Improved detection of the processor type.
  • Improved vertical alignment of characters within table cells.
  • Improved metrics adjustments for some fonts in the IBM Plex family.
  • The diagnostics report now contains information about the computer model and processor.
  • Consistent vertical alignment of characters in the magnified view.
  • Information about the “start at login” setting in the diagnostics report.
  • Improved handling of internal scripts in certain corner cases.
  • Support for SF Symbols 3.3 (new character names and layout for the “SF Compact” and “SF Pro” fonts).
  • Fixes incorrect vertical position of space brackets in certain fonts.
  • Fixes an issue where the magnifier sometimes stopped working after switching fonts.
  • Fixes a problem where the “corner P” was partly obscured by the rounded screen corner on MacBooks with a notch.
  • Fixes a problem where ligatures in certain fonts were not correctly displayed in the magnified view.
  • Works around a problem that could cause a crash when PopChar tried to display information about a new version.
  • Fixes a problem where some characters could not be found by entering certain name parts in the search field.
  • Fixes a cosmetic issue where the window resize indicator appeared on top of open menus.

Information

License

Shareware

Size

6.3 MB

Downloads

145432

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
May 18 2022
9.3
5.0
May 18 2022
5.0
Version: 9.3
v9.4 is out. Release Notes: • PopChar is now a universal application with native support for Apple Silicon. • On supporting keyboards, the F20 function key can be used as PopChar's hotkey. • Internal redesign of the character rendering components improves speed and consistency between fonts. • Improved detection of the processor type. • Improved vertical alignment of characters within table cells. • Improved metrics adjustments for some fonts in the IBM Plex family. • The diagnostics report now contains information about the computer model and processor. • Consistent vertical alignment of characters in the magnified view. • Information about the “start at login” setting in the diagnostics report. • Improved handling of internal scripts in certain corner cases. • Support for SF Symbols 3.3 (new character names and layout for the “SF Compact” and “SF Pro” fonts). • Fixes incorrect vertical position of space brackets in certain fonts. • Fixes an issue where the magnifier sometimes stopped working after switching fonts. • Fixes a problem where the “corner P” was partly obscured by the rounded screen corner on MacBooks with a notch. • Fixes a problem where ligatures in certain fonts were not correctly displayed in the magnified view. • Works around a problem that could cause a crash when PopChar tried to display information about a new version. • Fixes a problem where some characters could not be found by entering certain name parts in the search field. • Fixes a cosmetic issue where the window resize indicator appeared on top of open menus.
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?
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