PopChar makes it easy to "type" unusual characters, HTML special characters and characters from Unicode fonts. It gives you quick access to all characters of all fonts, even those that cannot be generated from the keyboard.
Though small and unobtrusive, the "P" icon is always there when you need to insert a special character - no matter in which application you are currently working.
Whenever you need a special character, just click the "P" or activate PopChar with a user-defined hot key.
- Inserts special characters right into your document.
- Full Unicode support with different comfortable views and pop-up menu for quick navigation.
- Search for characters by name, by Unicode number or by simply pasting some text from your document into the search field.
- Find characters by drawing their shapes.
- Find similar characters.
- Font preview and sample text views
- Font information
- View and print beautiful font sheets
- Individually adjust the sizes of certain fonts.
- Custom favorites section provides quick access to frequently used characters.
- Magnifier tool provides an enlarged view to see selected characters in full detail.
- Work across font boundaries and see all available characters system-wide.
- "Reverse search" for fonts that contain a particular character.
- Recent characters view for instant access to your frequently used characters.
- Flexible user interface to satisfy the individual needs of different users.
- Displays the keyboard combinations for characters that have keyboard equivalents.
- Automatically detects the current font in your document.
- Various insertion modes: Insert characters as plain or formatted text or HTML.
- Show pronunciations and descriptions of Chinese characters.
To get an impression how PopChar eases insertion of unusual characters and how you can explore the contents of your fonts, click here to see a short demo movie.
With PopChar 7, finding a special character is as easy as drawing it on the screen.
With PopChar, inserting any character is as easy as clicking it in the PopChar table, and you can even search large fonts for characters by their Unicode names. Unfortunately, you often don't know the Unicode name of the desired character, so you don't know which search terms to enter. But you do know what the desired character looks like. With PopChar 7, you can now simply show PopChar what you want.
PopChar 7 introduces a new "Shape Finder", which allows you to draw the shape of a character on the screen to tell PopChar what you are looking for. You just draw the approximate shape and click the Find button and PopChar comes up with all characters that resemble this shape. It has never been easier to find special characters, even in Unicode fonts with thousands of characters.
Easily find similar shapes based on a known character.
The Shape Finder can also be used with PopChar's new "Find Similar Shape" context command, which allows you to start with a character in the table, optionally add a few extra strokes, and quickly find characters that look similar.
Starting with version 7.1, PopChar Win knows the Mandarin pronunciations of more than 40,000 and English descriptions of more than 20,000 Chinese characters.
Point at a character to see these details at the bottom of the PopChar window.
You can also search for words in descriptions. For example, simply enter an English word in PopChar's search field to quickly find all Chinese characters whose descriptions contain that word.
Whenever you insert a character from a font, PopChar adds that
font to the pop-up menu that contains the recently used fonts. You can control the number of fonts to be listed here in PopChar’s preferences.
If you have hundreds of fonts installed, you will appreciate the new font filter of PopChar 7: Enter part of a font name, such as "script", and PopChar shows all fonts whose names contain "script".
You can also filter the font list according to other categories, e.g., show only those fonts that contain a special character, or filter to see only your favorite fonts.
BTW, PopChar remembers the current font setting separately for each application. For example, you can select Times as the font to be displayed when you work with Word, and Arial as the font for NotePad.
PopChar supports Unicode fonts with thousands of characters. The grid-like character table of PopChar gives you an excellent overview of all characters in a font, neatly arranged in the standard Unicode blocks or by scripts and symbols. You can collapse groups you don’t need and use the navigation menu to quickly jump to a specific group.
Note: To insert Unicode characters, the target application must be able to handle Unicode. In older applications without Unicode support, you can still use PopChar in ASCII mode, although this will limit the number of usable characters.
Instantly search for particular characters by name.
Enter the character "e" into the quick search area to display special characters based on "e" (è. é, ê, ë, …) only.
If you need any particular representation of a number, just enter "number" in the search field to see all appropriate characters.
You can enter decimal or hexadecimal numbers to find the characters with the corresponding Unicode number.
Last but not least, you can copy an arbitrary piece of text and paste it into PopChar’s search field. PopChar then displays all characters that occur in the text you entered.
In addition to the characters inside fonts, PopChar can also display information about fonts. The Font Info view reveals background information like version number, properties, copyright and license statements, information about the designer, manufacturer, vendor, number of characters and glyphs, and more.
The Font Info view is a valuable source of information for font aficionados.
With PopChar, the font information is quickly accessible with a few clicks at any time.
Get an impression of a selected font with the new Font Preview and Sample Text features of PopChar.
In typesetting, one important task is to get a message across. Using the right font can help substantially to emphasize the meaning of text and deliver an enjoyable reading experience. PopChar helps you to evaluate fonts. Select the Font Preview or Sample Text views to see a font in action.
The Font Preview and Sample Text views can be printed to create beautiful font sheets with PopChar.
If you want, you can even create a a font sheet in PDF format to send it to someone else, who doesn't need to have the font or PopChar installed.
If you need the same characters again and again, simply add them to the Favorites group. This group is always visible at the top of the character table and gives you quick access to all frequently needed characters. Technical symbols, accented characters in foreign languages, arrows, mathematical operators, circled numbers, astrological symbols, etc. You define which characters are important for you.
The Favorites section provides fastest possible look-up and insertion of special characters with a single click. It couldn't be easier. To add a character to the Favorites section simply right-click the required character and choose "Add to Favorites" from the menu.
You can add favorite characters from any font. When you switch fonts, PopChar displays those of your favorites that are available in the current font. And if you wish to see all of them, select "Union of All Available Fonts" from the View menu.
Starting with PopChar 7, you can export and import a collection of all favorite characters to transfer them to another computer or to switch between different sets of favorites.
To add a font to the Favorites font list simply right-click the font in the font drawer and choose "Add to Favorites" from the menu.
To see the favorite fonts only, choose "Favorites" from the popup menu at the very top of the font drawer.
PopChar's magnifier tool lets you see an enlarged view of characters. This is especially useful for characters with small, subtle details.
The grid lines in the close-up lens also let you see exactly where a character sits relative to the baseline.
Just activate the magnifier in the bottom-left corner of the window. Whenever you point at a character, PopChar then displays a close-up view of the character.
Hint: You can toggle the current setting of the magnifier at any time by pressing the shift key.
With "Union of All Available Fonts", you can work with all available characters in any font.
Imagine you need the cubic meters symbol in a text written in Verdana. Searching for "cub" does not yield any results, as the Verdana font does not contain such a symbol. To find a matching font in the regular Unicode view, you would need to click through hundreds of fonts until you find one that contains the desired symbol.
As an alternative, simply switch to "Union of All Available Fonts" to see the entire repertoire of Unicode characters available in any font. The search for "cub" now produces the cube root as well as some metric units cubed, including the symbol for cubic meters. Click the symbol, and PopChar inserts it into your document. See also the "reverse search" feature below.
If you have found the cubic meters symbol, you probably wonder in which fonts it exists.
To find all fonts that contain a particular character, you can use the "reverse searching" feature of PopChar: Just use the context menu to mark all fonts that contain the desired character. Then click one of the marks to jump directly to the marked character in any of these fonts.
The PopChar window contains an area displaying the most recently used characters, enabling you to locate and insert frequently used characters faster. Besides that, PopChar highlights recently selected characters in the main view.
The "Recent Characters" view is a good starting point for reviewing your previous activities and adding frequently used characters to the Favorites section.
PopChar lets you deal with these different metrics easily.
Use the slider at the bottom of the PopChar window to adjust the sizes of certain fonts.
PopChar remembers your preferred settings individually per font.
You can also use this dialog to manage your favorite fonts list.
The PopChar character table appears in a window that can be placed anywhere on the screen.
Preference settings give you detailed control to adjust the behavior of the window to your liking.
You can leave the window open permanently until you dismiss it or make it disappear immediately after each use, depending on your personal working style and the size of your monitor.
To make PopChar as unobtrusive as possible, choose "Close window after inserting a character" in the Activation tab of the Preferences window.
If a character has a keyboard equivalent, PopChar displays which keys generate the character. This is most useful for quickly typing accented letters in foreign languages. If you need the same character again and again, PopChar tells you how to type it.
PopChar can detect the font being used in the current document for many popular applications (such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, ...). Check the "As In Document" option, and PopChar will keep track of the current font.
PopChar offers three insertion modes.
You can choose to insert selected characters as plain text or as formatted text, along with font information and in the font size you specify.
Web designers will appreciate the HTML mode that lets them insert characters as numeric or named HTML codes.
You can also right-click a character to open a context menu for copying the character to the clipboard in various formats.