PopChar Win 8.7 (February 2021)

  • PopChar now has a more modern installer with resizable window.
  • Fixed a bug where PopChar did not show newest Unicode characters in the 'All Unicode characters' view.
  • Fixed a bug that led to incorrect find shape results.
  • Updated and extended HTML symbol codes and entities.
  • Requires Windows 7, 8, or 10.

PopChar Win 8.6 (June 2020)

  • PopChar now supports Unicode 13.0.
  • Minor improvements in the appearance of dialogs.
  • Fixed a bug that caused a crash, mostly during startup with a font management system installed.

PopChar Win 8.5 (November 2019)

  • PopChar now supports Unicode 12.1.
  • PopChar now supports additional font-specific Unicode descriptions (FontAwesome, Material Icons).
  • Fixed a bug that made PopChar crash sometimes when reading font information.
  • Fixed a bug where pressing ESC did not work properly in the search character field.

PopChar Win 8.4 (February 2019)

  • PopChar now supports font-specific Unicode descriptions for several fonts (Webdings, Wingdings, Wingding 2, Wingdings 3).
  • New mechanism for alternative names in the Unicode standard (currently used to unify lambda/lamda).
  • Ctrl mousewheel for increasing/decreasing character size (zooming in/out).

PopChar Win 8.3 (December 2018)

  • PopChar now lets you define the number of lines in the block for recently used characters.
  • Improved About dialog with information about available fonts and characters.
  • All built-in links to the Ergonis web site now use secure https connections.
  • Fixed a bug when showing control characters.
  • Fixed a bug where search results contained wrong characters.
  • Fixed a bug where search results contained too few characters.
  • Improved stability through internal code cleanup.

PopChar Win 8.2 (July 2018)

  • PopChar now supports Unicode 11.0.
  • Option for remembering the selected font for all applications (instead of separately per application).
  • PopChar now allows to reset all custom font sizes.
  • HTML characters can now be inserted in both decimal and hexadecimal notation.
  • Highlighting favorite characters outside the favorites block can now be turned on/off.
  • Fixed a bug where highlighting of favorite characters did not work in all situations.
  • The display of @fonts is now optional.
  • Improved preferences dialog.
  • Diagnostic messages now contain name of font that may have caused problems.
  • Fixed minor bug in diagnostic messages (newlines).
  • Fixed optical glitch in displaying HTML codes.
  • Clearer instructions in auto-generated support e-mail messages.

PopChar Win 8.1 (February 2018)

  • PopChar and its installer are now digitally signed to guarantee the authenticity of PopChar.
  • When ligatures are inserted, they now also show up as recent characters.
  • Ligatures can now also be defined as favorite characters.
  • The representation of characters that are not available in any installed font has been improved.
  • The context menu for ligatures has been extended to add/remove them to/from recent and favorite characters.
  • Changed the Alphabet layout such that the Romanian language now contains the letters s and t with a comma below rather than a cedilla.
  • Fixed a bug where PopChar crashed in rare situations when marking characters.
  • Fixed wrong tab stop orders in dialogs.
  • Updated and extended help file, e.g., with information about "All Unicode characters".
  • Fixed a bug where blinking of a character shown in Unicode context did not work properly.
  • Fixed a bug where blinking of a marked character did not work properly.
  • Fixed a bug where characters shown in the left column after finding similar characters by shape were not marked correctly.

PopChar Win 8.0 (December 2017)

  • Custom Layouts: It is now possible to create custom groupings and arrangements for characters.
  • New “Recent Characters” section is now always available at the top of the character table, right below the favorite characters.
  • Predefined layout that arranges emojis by their meaning.
  • It is now possible to link fonts with preferred layouts that work best for these fonts.
  • Cleaned-up layouts: The legacy layout ASCII as well as the Recent Characters layout have been removed, as they are no longer needed.
  • PopChar now finds and displays ligatures that are available in fonts.
  • The “Show x in the Unicode Context” context menu command is now also available for characters in the Favorites group, the new Recent group and in other layouts.
  • New view “All Unicode Characters” shows all characters that are defined in the Unicode standard with placeholders for those that do not have a representation in any installed font.
  • When selecting “Show x in the Unicode Context”, the selected character briefly blinks, so it's easier to find among the other characters.
  • The “Show x in the Unicode Context” context menu command now always shows the selected character in the standard “Unicode Blocks” layout.
  • Support for Unicode 10.0.
  • Fixes a problem where the window size sometimes got reset in certain circumstances
  • Corrects the help file text about inserting characters.

PopChar Win 7.5 (February 2017)

  • The Unicode blocks pop-up menu uses a smaller line height to avoid scrolling when many groups are to be shown.
  • When a new version is available, the message in the Preferences window now also informs about the current version and whether the new version is covered by your license key.
  • Corrects a misleading message in the registration dialog when the license key was out of date.
  • Fixes a bug that caused PopChar to crash in rare situations when reading information of fonts.

PopChar Win 7.4 (October 2016)

  • PopChar now supports Unicode 9.0.
  • Updated descriptions for German Emoji characters.
  • Updated layout "Scripts and Symbols".
  • Additional protection of the installer against potential DLL preloading attacks.
  • If PopChar experiences an unexpected problem, it will now ask to save a minidump file that, if sent to us, will help us nail down bugs.
  • Reduced installer size.
  • Importing favorites is now more flexible and supports all Unicode transformation formats.
  • Fixed a bug where PopChar sometimes forgot the position of its window when reopening.
  • Fixed a bug where PopChar sometimes did not show a few characters of non-Unicode fonts.

PopChar Win 7.3 (July 2016)

  • It is now possible to collapse or expand all groups by pressing the Alt key while clicking a disclosure icon.
  • Group headers can now be collapsed and expanded with double-clicks (in addition to clicking the disclosure icon).
  • Typing now starts a search without needing to select the search field first.
  • When a character is contained in the Favorites, the command "Show in Unicode context" showed this favorite character instead of the character in its Unicode context.
  • PopChar sometimes crashed when backing up clipboard contents.
  • The Registration window now contains information about the issue date of the registered license key.
  • Filtering in font list was not correct after uninstalling/reinstalling a font.
  • Favorite fonts got lost after uninstalling/reinstalling a font.
  • The Unicode blocks "Coptic", "Georgian Supplement" and "Modifier Tone Letters" were missing.
  • Solved an issue where a dll conflict was reported when installing PopChar in a different language than the previous version.

PopChar Win 7.2 (February 2016)

  • "Check for updates" now considers system requirements.
  • As recommended by Microsoft, the installer now simply creates a shortcut to PopChar in the common Start Menu Programs folder instead of creating a Start Menu folder for the application.
  • As recommended by Microsoft, the installer will show the "Select Start Menu Folder" and the "Select Destination Location" wizard pages unless a previous version of PopChar already exists.
  • PopChar now has a workaround to support Inspiration Pro 2014.
  • Fixes a bug where the current OS version had not been identified correctly.
  • Minor optical improvement in status bar.
  • Fixes a bug that sometimes caused a crash during the launch of PopChar.

PopChar Win 7.1 (September 2015)

  • PopChar now supports Unicode 8.0.
  • Tested to run on Windows 10.
  • PopChar now shows descriptions of Chinese characters and lets you search for these descriptions.
  • PopChar Setup is now prevented from running while another instance of it is already running.
  • The ShapeFinder window is now closed automatically when the user changes the view.

PopChar Win 7.0 (July 2015)

  • Graphical shape finder for finding characters by drawing the desired shape.
  • Find similar shapes.
  • Prepared to run smoothly on Windows 10.
  • New window layout with permanently visible font list.
  • Font filter for limiting the font list to fonts that match a given text.
  • PopChar can now export and import the favorite characters to and from a text file.
  • Improved Unicode description in help documentation.
  • Search "unnamed" did not yield all characters without a Unicode name.
  • Too long Unicode names are now truncated to fit in the available space.
  • Fixes a cosmetic misalignment issue between status bar and scroll bar in the PopChar window on Windows 10.
  • Shortened text for Font Preview window for better overview of various font sizes.
  • Various internal improvements and fixes lead to improved speed and robustness.

PopChar Win 6.4 (February 2015)

  • PopChar now supports Unicode version 7.0.
  • Optical improvements when printing "Font Preview" or "Sample Text".
  • After a search operation, a new context menu item "Show X in Unicode Context" clears the search field and shows the selected character's context in the character table.
  • In some situations when monitors changed, the fontlist window appeared on the screen without PopChar's character table.

PopChar Win 6.3 (March 2014)

  • PopChar now supports the printing of font previews and sample texts.
  • Unicode fonts were not filtered correctly.
  • The font list now gets copied depending on what is displayed in the font window.
  • Shortcuts are shown in the PopChar menu.
  • Statusbar is now being updated correctly when switching views.
  • In some situations keyboard shortcuts were ignored.

PopChar Win 6.2 (October 2013)

  • New Font Info view shows detailed information about the selected font.
  • New context menu item "Copy Font List" for copying the list of font names to the clipboard.
  • PopChar now supports Unicode 6.3.
  • Version info in About dialog now clearly indicates whether 32-bit or 64-bit version is running.

PopChar Win 6.1 (August 2013)

  • PopChar now has considerably improved keyboard support.
  • Pressing ESC in the search text ends the search process and sets the focus back to the popchar window.
  • Ctrl+digit keyboard shortcuts for switching the current view.
  • Pressing ESC in a dialog does not close the PopChar window also any more.
  • German umlauts can now be used to search for German Unicode names.
  • Fixed a bug where resizing the window resulted in a white space before the Favorites block.
  • Fixed a bug where wrong search result had been shown after a search for 'Number' or 'Unnamed'.
  • Background version checks polled too frequently in certain situations.
  • Clearing the search field did not refresh the character view correctly.

PopChar Win 6.0 (July 2013)

  • Streamlined user interface.
  • New "Font Preview" gives an impression of a selected font by showing a few representative characters and a selectable sample text in multiple font sizes.
  • New "Sample Text" shows what the font looks like when applied to typical text fragments. Various predefined samples can be selected.
  • PopChar now opens the Popchar window when started manually.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 8 and third-party applications.
  • The ASCII/Unicode/All control has been replaced with a pop-up button with clearer descriptions.
  • Code pages are no longer needed and have been removed.
  • The shown repertoire no longer switches between characters of the current font and the union of all fonts when switching applications.
  • Pressing ESC in the search text ends the search process and sets the focus back to the popchar window.
  • The mouse wheel now always controls the PopChar window, even when the focus is in the search text.
  • Improved display when resizing the PopChar window.
  • Keyboard support in fontlist window.
  • Fixes a problem where PopChar failed to insert characters when the PopChar window was opened the first time.

PopChar Win 5.5.2 (February 2013)

  • Fixes a problem where PopChar Win 5.5.1 did still not launch correctly on some 64 bit Windows XP configurations.


PopChar Win 5.5.1 (January 2013)

  • Fixes a problem where PopChar Win 5.5 did not launch correctly on some Windows XP configurations.


PopChar Win 5.5 (January 2013)

  • PopChar has been tested to run smoothly on Windows 8.
  • PopChar now supports Unicode 6.2.
  • The slider in the status bar now shows whether zoom is above or below default value.
  • The mouse wheel now always controls the PopChar window, even when the focus is in the search text.
  • Security features like ASLR (address space layout randomization) have been enabled.

PopChar Win 5.4 (August 2012)

  • Support for Unicode 6.1.
  • PopChar now displays the number of fonts for each of the different categories in the font list window.
  • When searching for characters, the filter was not applied to plane 2 and above.
  • Improved user feedback in Preferences window when no hotkey was defined.

PopChar Win 5.3 (February 2012)

  • In addition to "plain", PopChar now also supports the font styles "bold" and "italic".
  • Improves handling of lowercase characters in license keys.
  • Improvements in the display of the font list window.
  • Minor improvement in the display of the magnify window.
  • Fixes a crash that occurred in rare situations during the start of PopChar.

PopChar Win 5.2 (August 2011)

  • A new custom size slider allows to individually shrink or enlarge the display per font, relative to the global character size setting in PopChar's preferences.
  • During installation, a possibly running PopChar instance is now exited later, right before installing the new version.
  • Automatically exits a possibly running PopChar instance during uninstall.
  • In a few cases PopChar got started twice at login.
  • Minor improvements in the help file.

PopChar Win 5.1 (February 2011)

  • Support for Unicode 6.0.
  • PopChar now let you remove recent characters.
  • When a new version of PopChar is announced, it is now possible to skip just this version yet receive announcements for subsequent versions.
  • The PopChar installer now automatically exits a possibly running version of PopChar.
  • Improved handling of favorite fonts when fonts were installed/uninstalled in Windows.
  • Improved positioning of some complex characters in the magnifying glass.
  • Improved display of some characters in fonts containing surrogate characters, e.g., Aegean, Code2001.
  • Improves an erroneous paragraph in the section "Finding fonts that contain certain characters" of the help file.
  • Some texts in the German version of the installer appeared in English.
  • 2011-02-10: Improved installer that avoids freezes during installation which rarely occurred on Windows XP.

PopChar Win 5.0 (October 2010)

  • Frequently used characters can now be collected in a custom "Favorites" group.
  • User-definable font favorites section makes font selection a no-brainer even with hundreds of fonts installed.
  • Comes with an improved look that better reflects the Windows 7 user experience.
  • A number of improvements and fixes "under the hood" for increased performance and robustness.
  • Fixes a problem that occurred sometimes with too many recent characters.
  • Double characters have been eliminated in Scripts and Symbols.

PopChar Win 4.4 (July 2010)

  • PopChar can now be installed without administrator privileges.
  • The uninstall process has been improved. (A few empty folders were left behind.)
  • "Scripts and Symbols" section has been updated and extended to current Unicode version 5.2.
  • The font list window accidentally appeared in the task manager.
  • Minor user interface improvements.

PopChar Win 4.3 (April 2010)

  • PopChar now lets you search for fonts by type, e.g., all printer fonts or all symbol fonts.
  • It is now possible to restrict the font list to only those fonts that contain the currently marked character.
  • Context menu in the font list
  • Support for Unicode 5.2.
  • You can now scroll to a font in the font list by typing the first characters of its name.
  • PopChar now displays the width of space characters.
  • PopChar does no longer check for updates on every restart.
  • Better support for multiple monitor configurations.
  • PopChar now launches automatically after install also on Windows Vista and Windows 7.
  • Minor user interface improvements.
  • Windows 2000 is no longer supported.

PopChar Win 4.2 (October 2009)

  • New "reverse font search" feature finds all fonts that contain a given character.
  • PopChar Win is compatible with Windows 7.
  • Minor user interface improvements.

PopChar Win 4.1 (June 2009)

  • PopChar now runs natively on 64-bit Windows.
  • An improved installer avoids permission problems during installation on standard user accounts. As a consequence, PopChar no longer starts automatically after installation on Windows Vista.
  • Adds a new context menu command for copying a character's Unicode name to the clipboard.
  • Offers an improved user interface for the search field.
  • Retains the focus on the search field when the mouse is moved.
  • Improves the positioning of dialogs and the magnifier tool on system configurations with multiple displays.
  • Fixes a problem where printer fonts were not included in the font list.

PopChar Win 4.0 (February 2009)

  • New "All" view displays all available Unicode characters in any installed font.
  • PopChar now also lists undefined Unicode characters that may be present in some fonts.
  • Improves appearance of dialog windows.
  • Fixes some sizing issues in certain fonts (e.g., Cambria Math).
  • Fixes some visual alignment glitches.
  • PopChar sometimes crashed at startup when used by multiple users on a single machine.
  • PopChar now correctly reflects changes of the input locale.

PopChar Win 3.4 (June 2008)

  • PopChar now supports searching for characters by their decimal and hexadecimal Unicode numbers.
  • Entering or pasting arbitrary text in the search field displays the characters used within the text.
  • PopChar does no longer destroy the contents of the clipboard when inserting characters.
  • Context menu supports copying selected characters to the clipboard in various formats.
  • Automatic checking for new versions.
  • Support for Unicode 5.1.
  • Improved preferences dialog.
  • Keyboard navigation and the usage of the search combo has been improved.
  • On Windows 2000 PopChar did not adapt itself to the preferred language.

PopChar Win 3.3 (February 2008)

  • New magnifier tool shows an enlargement of the selected character.
  • PopChar now supports Unicode version 5.0.
  • Sizing and positioning of characters has been improved for some fonts.
  • Improved Registration dialog.
  • Focus remained in search field when reseting the search text. 
  • Minor user interface improvements.
  • Improved support for ordering license renewals.
  • The scroll bar had been mispositioned in some situations.
  • Recent fonts were not remembered correctly in some situations.
  • PopChar sometimes encountered an error when launching automatically during login.

PopChar Win 3.2 (October 2007)

  • New option to highlight recently selected characters in the main view.
  • Improved placement of dialogs with animation turned off.
  • Simplified installation process.
  • Collapsed blocks had not been remembered correctly in some situations.

PopChar Win 3.1.1 (August 2007)

  • The appearance of icons in the Preferences dialog has been improved.
  • PopChar still did not insert characters in some FileMaker dialogs.
  • PopChar forgot some of the Preferences settings in particular configurations.
  • PopChar did not remember the window position correctly in some situations.
  • PopChar did not always correctly select the recently used view (ASCII/Unicode/Recent).

PopChar Win 3.1 (August 2007)

  • Automatic Font detection for AutoCad has been added.
  • Handling of size slider in the Preferences dialog has been improved.
  • Positioning of characters in the character table is more accurate now.
  • Further HTML mnemonics have been added.
  • PopChar did not insert characters in FileMaker dialogs.
  • Replacing an existing version of PopChar caused a compatibility alert during installation on Windows Vista.
  • PopChar crashed when none of the pre-installed Windows fonts were available.
  • Styled Insertion didn't work correctly in FreeHand and Photoshop.

PopChar Win 3.0 (March 2007)

  • The PopChar character table has been completely re-designed and offers much faster access to frequently used features.
  • PopChar Win 3 is compatible with Windows Vista.
  • Instead of a font menu with hundreds of fonts, PopChar now features a font list in a separate drawer that can be opened on demand. The most recently used fonts appear in a shortened pop-up menu in the PopChar window.
  • Unicode characters can be arranged as Unicode blocks or as collections of scripts and symbols.
  • A new Recent Characters view displays recently used characters from the current font.
  • The groups in the Unicode table can be collapsed. PopChar remembers the state of the groups across fonts and restarts. If you, e.g., do not need Cyrillic letters, collapsing the Cyrillic groups gives you a better overview of the other characters.
  • The PopChar window now contains a search field for instant lookup of characters by their names.
  • PopChar now comes with three separate insertion modes: plain, formatted (with choice of font size) and HTML. These possibilities have already existed in previous versions, but they are now more consistent and easily accessible from the main window.
  • HTML characters can be inserted by their names or numerically.
  • It is now possible to specify the desired display size of characters.
  • PopChar now shows the total number of characters in a font.
  • PopChar now supports blockwise scrolling with page up and page down keys.
  • Automatic font detection has been improved and is now available via the "As in Document" menu command.
  • Font settings and Insertion mode are now chosen automatically and remembered separately for each application.
  • Improved feedback when automatic font detection succeeds or fails.
  • Switching between Unicode and ASCII view is now easily accessible from the main window.
  • The display of key combinations has been improved.
  • PopChar Win now supports scroll wheels also on Windows 2000.
  • Flickering has been eliminated when resizing the PopChar window.

PopChar Win 2.2 (May 2006)

  • Automatic font detection has been improved and now supports a wider range of applications, including QuarkXPress and QuarkCopyDesk.
  • The registration process has been simplified.
  • PopChar did not display keyboard shortcuts in the previous version.

PopChar Win 2.1 (February 2006)

  • PopChar now lets you configure the number of highlighted recent characters.
  • PopChar now lets you configure the number of listed recent fonts.
  • PopChar now supports an unlimited number of fonts.
  • The Options dialog has been extended and improved.
  • PopChar did not display all characters correctly in some fonts containing surrogate characters.
  • Previous versions didn't accept license keys older than two years. Since the first version of PopChar Win was released in February 2004, this problem didn't hurt up to now. However, the ugprade to version 2.1 is free for all customers and your old license keys will work with this version.

PopChar Win 2.0 (November 2005)

  • PopChar has been internationalized. A German version is now available.
  • PopChar now supports Unicode version 4.1.0.
  • PopChar highlights printer fonts and lets you remove these from the font list.
  • You can choose to display font names in their own font.
  • After inserting a character you can now choose between activating, deactivating and closing the PopChar window.
  • The preferences dialog has been extended.
  • The PopChar Window, while in background, now adjusts automatically to the current font of the target application.

PopChar Win 1.3 (May 2005)

  • PopChar now supports Unicode surrogates, i.e., characters beyond U+FFFF.
  • PopChar now lets you switch the default view between Unicode and Charset (ASCII).
  • PopChar now also supports console windows.
  • The display of key combinations has been improved.
  • PopChar did not handle Type 1 fonts correctly.
  • Hot keys are now remembered correctly.
  • PopChar did not insert characters correctly in some applications, e.g., Outlook.
  • In rare situations PopChar experienced an unknown error and had to exit. This should no longer occur.

PopChar Win 1.2 (February 2005)

  • PopChar automatically detects the current font of the target application.
  • PopChar displays recently used fonts on top of the font combo box.
  • In the font list, PopChar shows color icons to let you easily distinguish among raster, vector, TrueType and OpenType fonts.
  • Preferences are now stored separately for each user.
  • PopChar did not display all characters in some fonts.
  • PopChar did not handle the font Code2000 correctly.
  • PopChar did not include all available printer fonts in its font list.
  • PopChar did not properly display several Unicode characters on Windows 9x.
  • Improved look and feel.
  • The installer now detects when PopChar is running and issues a warning.
  • The installer lets you automatically start PopChar after installation.
  • The installer lets you automatically start PopChar at startup.
  • PopChar can now be uninstalled easily via the Start menu.

PopChar Win 1.1 (September 2004)

  • PopChar Win now offers full Unicode support.
  • PopChar Win now supports scroll wheels on Windows XP.
  • The new look and feel for the Windows XP environment is now supported.
  • PopChar Win now comes in form of a single installer for all Platforms (Windows XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98, 95).

PopChar Win 1.0 (February 2004)

  • First Public Release
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