PopChar
PopChar
8.10

4.8

PopChar free download for Mac

PopChar8.10

06 May 2020

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 8.10:
  • It is now possible to minimize the PopChar window into the Dock.
  • Improved metrics adjustments for Apple's SF Compact and SF Pro font families.
  • Fixes a problem where the magnifier was not displayed correctly when scrolling the character table.

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132 Reviews of PopChar

5
huffwd
07 October 2019
Version: 8.7

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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!
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5
Giosette
06 May 2020
Version: 8.10
INDISPENSABILE !!!
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brief-1
13 April 2020
Version: 8.9
Oops, i forgot the rating stars ... Theo from lovely Vienna...
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huffwd
07 October 2019
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!
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Starman535
04 October 2019
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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5
rburgess
20 December 2018
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.
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ma3ry
24 May 2018
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!
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5
Derekcurrie
23 May 2018
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
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rknoll7
17 December 2017
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. :-)
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5
Gog4
25 October 2017
Version: 8.2
It gets better and better by the minute.
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warren-huff
09 October 2017
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!
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5
designworks-5
10 July 2017
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.
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5
ikimilikiliklik
07 July 2017
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.
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ben-marko
24 June 2017
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.
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Nicksloan
17 June 2017
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.
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kwscott
16 June 2017
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.
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Bob B 57
16 June 2017
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.
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kmontonearacnetcom5425
15 June 2017
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!
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thinkman
15 June 2017
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.
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5
ekemtt
15 June 2017
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.
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5
willson
15 June 2017
Version: 8.0
Long-time type designer, here—and long-time PopChar user. Makes it a breeze to access any character in any font.
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5
Derekcurrie
14 June 2017
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!'
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frans-3
14 June 2017
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...
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sullivanshirleytherese
13 June 2017
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
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becus1
13 June 2017
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!
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4.5
Cynthia_Raquel
23 May 2017
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!
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RavenNevermore
12 May 2017
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. :)
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besford
10 May 2017
Version: 7.7
PopChar is still the best, init? (Cockney joke)
Five stars
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Edac2
29 November 2016
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.
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Terribletoll
24 June 2016
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.
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Jimw
25 May 2016
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.
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reneandritsch
26 November 2015
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.
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retail094
31 August 2015
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.
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ekemtt
17 August 2015
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.
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Terribletoll
02 June 2015
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.
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Derekcurrie
31 May 2015
Version: 7.1
Anyone who works with text all day wants this perennially great application. Plus, freak people with your Emoji skills.
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5
Vlmaples
26 May 2015
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!
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5
jimmcrae
23 May 2015
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.
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Reuven-Ross
04 April 2015
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!
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5
mbraman
23 March 2015
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!
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5
norbert-martin
17 January 2015
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.
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5
MagneticCore
13 December 2014
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.
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5
Hschulsinger
11 December 2014
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.
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rphartle
28 November 2014
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!
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bruno-jundt
26 November 2014
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!
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SpaceWindStars
26 November 2014
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.
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Pastor-G
26 November 2014
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.
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Calguy
25 November 2014
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.
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2.5
gryphonent
25 November 2014
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.
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ianrid
25 November 2014
Version: 7.0
Has anyone compared this with Lemke Software's Fontbook, only $10?
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wboweng10
25 November 2014
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!
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DragonMaster
25 November 2014
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
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Maclover1-1
16 September 2014
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 !
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PeterHarte
20 August 2014
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.
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ddchene
17 August 2014
Version: 6.5
Essential if you use characters outside Latin-1. Comprehensive features.
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wickedsp1d3r
20 March 2014
Version: 6.5
When I first saw that price, I almost fell off my chair...
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Appledogx
11 December 2013
Version: 6.4
Great app, absurd price.
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kmontonearacnetcom5425
26 June 2013
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!
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maxwideman
20 March 2013
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.
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Neil-Baumgartner
28 February 2013
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.
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Foulger
08 December 2012
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
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Foulger
27 November 2012
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
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dhwebber
02 October 2012
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.
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Frankdalian
24 September 2012
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.
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Brighton-Pete
22 September 2012
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!
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ajmartine
21 September 2012
Version: 6.0.1
With this upgrade (fonts) the program is 1000% better an practical. Andres
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
10 September 2012
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.
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Chaloots
10 September 2012
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!
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Jimw
10 September 2012
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.
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Mtcobra
10 September 2012
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.
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Yazarim
10 September 2012
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
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Legrandjulie
08 August 2012
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
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Ibeme
13 May 2012
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.
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Ademardechabannes
24 April 2012
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!
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Lolita
03 February 2012
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.
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Penguirl
28 September 2011
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.
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Bosskev
27 September 2011
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.
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iPoopStore
27 September 2011
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.
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GeogProf
11 June 2011
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.
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JimEdC
04 February 2011
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.
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Mrgadget®
17 June 2010
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!
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Espiridion
16 June 2010
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.
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Dcg
16 June 2010
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!
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Andegerd
16 June 2010
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.
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Random-Number-Generator
16 June 2010
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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Penguirl
15 June 2010
Version: 5.0
I own an older version of PopChar, the difference between PopChar and Character Palette isn't enough to motivate me to install it on my latest system and I will not be upgrading at Ergonis' ridiculous price. Even if I used it day in and day out I don't see much benefit over CP.
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Caberlin
15 June 2010
Version: 5.0
15 Euro for an update - no way!
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Shane-Smith
15 June 2010
Version: 5.0
I don't really know how this constitutes as version 5. Most of the new things are fixes or speed improvements. An as many others have stated $36.99 is a ridiculous price for a character palette. I'll give you $9.99 and not a penny more.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
15 June 2010
Version: 5.0
No matter how good it is, and I'd definitely have a need for this occasionally, I would not pay $36.99 for something used "occasionally". I still think $19.95 is a little high, and I'm a font designer.
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Px9-855
17 March 2010
Version: 4.3
Very good but also too expensive! For $19.95 or unlimited free upgrades I would consider buying it. At $38, 2 years is far too short.
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Anmc
22 April 2009
Version: 4.2
This is one of those apps that is very specialised, but once you start using it, there is no going back. So much easier than struggling with the Character Palette (lang & keyboard options in the menu bar) - at least I found it so. Good value too - several years of free upgrades with a purchased licence and a development team that is continually adding features. Once you have the icon in your menu bar (at the corners or in the middle - even invisible until you mouse to it, if you prefer) there is no excuse for not including those pesky trademark and copyright symbols or whatever else you need. Recommended very highly for what it does!
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Capitan
21 November 2008
Version: 4.1.1
The price goes always higher since I tested it. It is a very helpful program.
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Drfrank
31 October 2008
Version: 4.1
Three clicks* on the PopChar 4.1 menubar icon caused my system to hang; everything except my cursor was frozen and I was forced to power down. Unfortunately, this 'hang' was reproducible. Ergonis support responded quickly, but was to recommend a solution. I've been using OS X since it was introduced, this is my first system hang. *Clicks Click 1 - PopChar window opened Click 2 - PopChar window closed Click 3 - System hang
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Corpsecorps
31 October 2008
Version: 4.1
It's looking very good with some of the more recent developments. It's still NOT looking like enough functionality to cost $40.
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Bosskev
29 October 2008
Version: 4.1
PopChar is an excellent utility. I have been using PopChar as a paid/registered user for many, many years and through many, many versions of the Mac OS. I consider PopChar a MUST-HAVE tool and, while I have to admit I'd like the license key to be just a tiny bit lower than the equivalent of $38 US--blame it on the US economy, not the developer's €29.99--it is nonetheless a product I feel is worth owning. I use it daily to call up those hundreds of oddball characters, such as ® ™ ¶ æ Ω ç and €. I don't have to try and remember any of the keyboard contortions to access these infrequently typed characters, I just pull up PopChar, see the character I want, tap on it and the character pops into my text for me. Hey, look at that...character pops...do I see a product name here? ;^) FYI, I also wrote a reply to the previous reviewer who I believe misunderstands how the PopChar license key works. Bluntly stated, the previous guy is wrong, see my reply there. I don't want one unfortunately incorrect review to throw people off track and possibly hurt the longevity of a product I consider essential.
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Shane-Smith
29 October 2008
Version: 4.1
Ha ha ha! Oh my.... the people at Ergonis Software are sure funny. $38 for a character viewer, good one Ergonis. So how much is it really? Oh its not a joke, $38... hummmmmm... yeah I think I will pass. For the people who actually were considering purchasing this software be aware after 2 years your license expires. So if they only make an upgrade to say 4.3 within 2 years you have to purchase another license even though they haven't made any significant changes.
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Corpsecorps
07 July 2008
Version: 4.0.1
This has always been a great little app. It's easier to use and slicker than the OS X character palette and this version takes it even farther. However, it was overpriced at $30. Now they want $45?! )8^H Now we're in la-la land. It's not even REMOTELY close to $45 dollars better than the free character palette. For $15 i'd snap it up. .
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Plasterpyrus
18 June 2008
Version: 4.0.1
45 dollars, You have got to be kidding! You know for the life of me I can't understand developers like this guy. They make a nice little application like this, that is basically is a one trick pony, a bit extravagant I suppose but none the less, a one trick pony (like some one said it's a glorified character pallet ) and then they ask an excorbadent amount of money than the average user can't afford and than what? Does it just exist sitting there without many people buying it except the few that don't know about the character pallet that comes with the OS X, that even has a way to launch it from your menu bar! I mean does some one like this really makes any money from his creation?
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Bobzozus
18 June 2008
Version: 4.0.1
At least under Tiger, I believe that the previous reviewer is correct. The Mac OS provides similar functionality. The only benefits I can see from PopChar over the character palette is the fact that PopChar does not take space on your menu bar- and does offer a more complete listing of possible character types to insert in a document. For those thinking of purchasing- I would first try the Mac OS Menu bar solution. And, then try PopChar. Only then can one judge whether PopChar is worth $45. I think that price is quite high, actually. I bought PopChar as part of the Macility bundle- which costs around $70 USD for PopChar, KeyCue, & Typinator. This is one of those times where I believe I made a mistake in my software purchase. PopChar is not such an improvement over the Mac OS system functionality that it is worth more than $20 USD to me. Rather than Typinator, I use TypeIt4Me- which has the ability to select your abbreviation from the menu item- and is just generally a more robust type expander- in my view. KeyCue is useful rarely to remind me of keyboard short-cuts: but to be honest, has only proven useful a few times in about 6 months of use. I think it would be worth $10 USD for me. So, I paid $70 for what I think should have cost me- at most- $30 (since I just use PopChar & KeyCue)! Of course, your mileage may vary. That is why it is so important to utilize shareware before you buy. That is why I wrote this- to encourage those interested in this app- or the Macility Bundle- to try it on for size before purchasing. Do not buy without kicking the tires. I wish I did. Have no one to blame but myself!
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Xplicit
08 June 2008
Version: 3.4
The price is far too high.
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Easer
12 May 2008
Version: 3.4
At least be honest in a review. If you go to the developer's site, it clearly states: "Please note that this does not mean that your license will expire after two years. You can use a registered copy of PopChar without limitation, but your license key will not be valid for newer versions that are released more than two years after the purchase of the license key." You can complain as you wish about the price; that's valid. But do not say the license expires after 2 years per se. That's inaccurate.
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