Bogged Down by Entry of Special Characters: All-New PopChar Solution Blasts Productivity Barriers


Hagenberg, Austria: April 26, 2006 — Nearly every technologist and multi-lingual worker has experienced the frustration of inserting special characters into application documents. Ergonis Software®, developers of ergonomic and intuitive software that boosts productivity, today announced PopChar® X 3.0, a completely re-designed version of its widely used tool for inserting special characters into the text of any application.

The innovative release, with its new Universal Binary support, surpasses the previous productivity standard of special character entry established by PopChar. A public beta version of PopChar is available immediately, with the release version of the product soon to follow. Günther Blaschek, Chief Technology Officer of Ergonis Software, declared, "The new PopChar is revolutionary. We have completely re-engineered the product from both a user and technology perspective, delivering more powerful and more intuitive character insertion capabilities. We expect great feedback from our customers."

PopChar X 3.0 includes the following new features:

  • Universal Binary Support – PopChar has been completely rewritten to perform optimally on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers. The new version runs natively on PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs.
  • Quick Search for Special Characters – The PopChar user interface now contains a quick search area. Entering the name of a character in the quick search area temporarily filters out everything else from the character table. For example, to locate a specific arrow character, you can simply enter the word "arrow" in the quick search area, resulting in the display of only arrow characters in the character table. Then just click on the desired one to insert it.
  • More Flexible User Interface – The PopChar character table now appears in a window that "floats" above all other application windows and can be placed anywhere on the screen. The increased flexibility of the user interface makes PopChar even more easy to use.
  • Optimized Character Selection – The PopChar window now contains an area displaying the most recently used characters, enabling you to insertion the most often used characters faster.
  • Optimized Font Selection – The PopChar font menu now contains only your most recently used fonts, enabling you to find the most often used fonts faster. When you need a font that does not appear in the font menu, you can open PopChar’s new font drawer that lists all available fonts.

PopChar X 3.0 includes many other improvements and user-requested enhancements. The release also fixes problems reported in previous versions. Visit Ergonis Software’s website at http://www.ergonis.com/products/popcharx/beta to learn more about specific enhancements and fixes contained in the release and to download the beta version.

Christoph Reichenberger, founder and CEO of Ergonis Software, stated, "We listened to our customers and now we are delivering a product that will exceed their expectations. We re-designed and re-built the product to make it more intuitive and more seamlessly integrated into user workflow." He added, "I am confident the investment was worth it. I eagerly await the feedback that our customers will provide."

Beta Availability and Requirements:

Ergonis Software welcomes everyone to try the latest PopChar beta version, downloadable now from the Ergonis Software website. PopChar X 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer. "Classic" Macintosh applications are no longer supported. Beta users are encouraged to provide feedback as soon as possible, as the full product release is imminent.

PopChar can be purchased for $29.99 (USD). The upgrade to the general release version is free for anyone purchasing PopChar during the beta phase as well as for all customers who have purchased PopChar in the last 2 years. Ergonis Software distributes its Mac products under the Macility® brand name. For information about purchase of PopChar, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, visit the Macility website at http://www.macility.com/popcharx. Any PopChar purchase or upgrade entitles the owner to free updates and upgrades for 2 years from the date of purchase.

About Ergonis Software

Ergonis Software, a privately held company founded in 2002, is headquartered in Hagenberg, Austria. Ergonis Software develops ergonomic and intuitive software that boosts the productivity of Mac and PC users.


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