updated 08:25 am EDT, Tue June 17, 2008
PopChar X 4.0 font tool
Ergonis Software on Tuesday released PopChar X 4.0, the latest version of its long standing font tool designed to help users find and type special text characters in OS X. Supporting Unicode fonts as well as thousands of characters, PopChar 4.0 brings a 'popup' menu that appears when users click a subtle menubar icon to select desired characters instantly without need of complex keyboard combinations. With added support for HTML symbols, Ergonis sees the software not only as an essential tool for users who frequently use non-standard characters, but also web designers and technologists.
Amongst a host of new features in v4.0 is the ability to work 'across font boundaries', giving users freedom to mix and match fonts as needed. If for example, a user has a need for the 'cubic meters' symbol, but they are typing in Helvetica which does not contain such a symbol. Clicking the PopChar icon and searching for 'cub m' will show all versions of the symbol across all installed fonts, and with one click, place the symbol into a text document.
"PopChar has been helping Mac users for more than 20 years to make best use of their installed fonts. With the power of Unicode fonts and today's support of Unicode in most applications, the utilization of Unicode should no longer be a matter of specialists," said Christoph Reichenberger, founder and CEO of Ergonis Software. "PopChar's new system-wide font view lets you make use of the full power of Unicode fonts in a simple, Mac-like way and emphasizes again that PopChar is the number-one utility when it comes to dealing with fonts and special characters".
PopChar X 4.0 requires a PowePC- or Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or newer; it is available starting at €30 for a single user license. (PopChar X 4.0 is available as a free upgrade to anyone who purchased a previous version of the software within the last two years).