All-New PopChar 3 Blazes into Release and sets Speed Record for the Entry of Special Characters


Hagenberg, Austria: June 29, 2006 — Ergonis Software® today announced the release of 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 release culminates the close of a highly successful beta test in which thousands of current customers participated.

Guenther Blaschek, Chief Technology Officer of Ergonis Software, boasted, "The beta test confirmed that this completely re-engineered version of PopChar delivers a tremendously more powerful solution – increasing both the speed that special characters can be inserted and the intuitiveness of the solution itself."

PopChar solves a problem faced by every technologist and multi-lingual worker. Inserting special characters into application documents can be frustrating and result in a stead loss of productivity. The extent of the problem is a function of several factors, including the number of special characters in a document, the variability of the characters, and the variability of fonts used in conjunction with the special characters. The new release of PopChar adds over 25 new features to address these problem factors – enabling you to zoom through the typing of even a complex series of special characters.

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, by entering the character "e" into the quick search area, only special characters based on "e" (è. é, ê, ë, ē …) are displayed in the character table. You just click the desired one to insert it in the document.
  • 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 insert 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 to learn more about specific enhancements and fixes contained in this release and to download a trial copy. Christoph Reichenberger, founder and CEO of Ergonis Software, stated, "We've really raised the bar with this release. No other product can compare with PopChar's speed, power and intuitiveness." He also added, "While our development team's innovation is responsible for PopChar's completely re-designed engine, the ideas for many of PopChar's shiny new features originated from within our large customer-base. We listened, responded and added in a few more surprises to delight them."

Availability and Pricing:

PopChar X 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer. PopChar can be purchased securely on the Ergonis Software website for $29.99 (USD). The upgrade to PopChar X 3.0 is free for anyone who has 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 website at http://www.ergonis.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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