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Old 04-26-2006, 11:35 AM   #1
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Default PopChar 3 beta

The venerable character display utility PopChar — which I thought had died years ago — has a beta of a brand new version, now available for Windows as well as Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later).

It will display characters from any selected font in a floating window. It knows names of more than 16,000 unicode glyphs, and you can search for characters by name as well as number (this also works for HTML characters). You can click-insert characters in a document, but PopChar also displays the key stroke needed to display a character.

More details (and download access to the date-limited beta version) at the web site.

   
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(this also works for HTML characters)
??? there's no such thing as "HTML characters".

I guess you may mean named entity references? Or numeric ones as well? What exactly do you mean?

   
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Old 04-26-2006, 12:21 PM   #3
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??? there's no such thing as "HTML characters".

I guess you may mean named entity references? Or numeric ones as well? What exactly do you mean?
You could ask the developer. I think they mean entities; that’s how I took it, anyway.

They also keep referring to unicode glyphs as characters; they’re only characters when looking at a particular font.

But PopChar used to be an incredibly useful utility. Maybe it still is (or will be).

   
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They also keep referring to unicode glyphs as characters; they’re only characters when looking at a particular font.
That should be the other way round: a unicode "character" is a particular code point; when a font supports that code point it shows a glyph. The glyph is the visual shape, the character (or more porperly code point) is the abstract entity that appears as a glyph when displayed in a font.

   
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They also keep referring to unicode glyphs as characters

They're right: Unicode is about characters, not glyphs. But a particular realization of the characters is a set of glyphs. A Unicode character can give one or more glyphs belonging to a particular font, as you can see in, for example, InDesign.

   
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PopChar ... has a beta of a brand new version, now available for Windows as well as Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later).
I don't see any references to Windows on that page. The beta seems to be for Mac only. Or am I missing something?
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I don't see any references to Windows on that page. The beta seems to be for Mac only. Or am I missing something?
No - the page actually states:
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System Requirements - Restrictions:
The downside of the long list of new features is that
  • PopChar 3 now requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or newer
  • PopChar 3 no longer supports Classic applications
It also says that it's a "Universal binary" but that means it "runs natively on PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs." Intel-based does not imply that it runs on Windows!

   
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It also says that it's a "Universal binary" but that means it "runs natively on PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs." Intel-based does not imply that it runs on Windows!
No, that beta does not run on Windows.

But there is a level 2 version of PopChar available for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, and XP.

   
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I don't see any references to Windows on that page. The beta seems to be for Mac only. Or am I missing something?
Or I was! The beta is Mac-only, but there is a Windows version of PopChar on another page.

Sorry for the confusion.

   
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