PopChar 8.0 – Floating window shows available font characters.

PopChar 8.0

PopChar helps you get the most out of your font collection. With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar provides a frustration-free way to access any font’s special characters.

  • Expanded accessibility – Your Mac includes over 700 fonts, each of which contains thousands of characters — Why not make them as accessible as possible? PopChar makes it happen.
  • Interface advantages – PopChar displays easy-to-analyze tables of characters, giving you an ultra-convenient interface. You can’t access most of these characters from your keyboard — PopChar puts them within your reach.
  • Liberating compatibility – No matter what app you are using, PopChar brings snappy simplicity to all font-related tasks. Whether you’re working with a word processor or a Web browser, PopChar integrates seamlessly.
  • Smarter searching – PopChar’s seasoned search capabilities will help you find what you are looking for, whether you need to search for a character by name, identify fonts that contain specific characters, or explore the entire character set of a font.

What’s New

Version 8.0:

  • 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 layouts ASCII and MacRoman 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.
  • PopChar's About window now shows the number of installed fonts and font families.
  • New export format for favorite characters with support for font-specific favorites and ligatures.
  • Extended list of "zero-width joiner" Emoji sequences, including person roles, male/female variants, and the rainbow flag.
  • Updated list of Emoji characters with skin tones.
  • PopChar now supports skin tone variants of "zero-width joiner" Emoji sequences.
  • Support for Emoji Presentation Sequences for selecting the text or emoji form of characters that can have both presentations.
  • Improved fine-tuning for 20 fonts, mostly for improving the display of combining characters.
  • PopChar can now insert emojis with skin tones as formatted text and HTML codes.
  • Support for Emoji key symbol sequences created with "combining enclosing keycap".
  • When selecting "Show x in the Unicode Context", the selected character briefly blinks, so it's easier to find among the other characters.
  • Improved handling of font-specific characters in the Private Use Areas.
  • Improves the representation of combining characters in the "Character Description".
  • Combining characters are now displayed in centered positions within table cells, without overlapping adjacent characters.
  • The "Show x in the Unicode Context" context menu command now always shows the selected character in the standard "Unicode Blocks" layout.
  • Combining characters no longer overlap with previous text in the context menu.
  • Smoother fading animation when opening and closing the PopChar window.
  • Improved alignment and space usage for Apple Color Emoji.
  • More consistent arrangement of control items in the window header.
  • Fixes a problem that resulted in unexpected matches when certain undefined Unicode numbers were entered in the search field.
  • Fixes a problem that prevented removal of certain characters from the Favorites group.
  • Works around a problem where the previously used layout was not restored when quitting and relaunching PopChar.
  • Fixes a cosmetic issue with missing or duplicate separator lines in the context menu.
  • Works around a rare crash when checking for a newer version.
  • Fixes a cosmetic alignment issue with characters that need to be drawn in a slightly smaller size.
  • Fixes a vertical alignment issues of certain fonts within the PopChar table.
  • Works around an issue that caused unexpected font substitution when unavailable characters were redrawn in the PopChar window.
  • Fixes an error in the handling of Unicode surrogate pairs.
  • Fixes a problem where certain wide characters were not correctly drawn on the baseline.
  • Correct capitalization of the language name in the font collection menu.
  • Works around a bug in the character set implementation of macOS.
  • Fixes a problem with a confusing version alert when there was a problem with the network connection.


OS X 10.6 or later


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