Ultra Character Map
By X04 Studios Inc.
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Not just another character map. (Really.) Did you know that many fonts contain characters and pictures that cannot be accessed with the keyboard or even with a regular character palette? Ultra Character Map lets you access any character or glyph in any font and use it in other apps. It also lets you do side-by-side font comparisons, print font catalogs, view detailed character and font information (including the keystroke combinations that produce special or accented characters) and much more. And it's really easy to use.
- Unlock everything your fonts have to offer. Access any character, symbol or glyph in any font and use it in your documents.
- Fun with colors and 3D effects. Create your own clip art by applying colors and 3D effects to any character, symbol or glyph.
- Say it in Emoji. Ultra Character Map gives you access to all Emoji characters available in OS X. To use an Emoji character, just drag or copy it into your document.
- Compare fonts the easy way. Enter text once, then simply scroll through a list to see a preview in every font. Don't want to look at all your fonts? You can filter the list by style, classification, collection or name. Ultra Character Map lets you preview header or paragraph text and includes preset samples to save you even more time.
- Print font catalogs and font samples. Ultra Character Map lets you print custom font catalogs, font samples and character maps or save them as PDF documents.
- Useful tools for graphic designers, webmasters and app developers. Ultra Character Map shows all the glyphs in your fonts (even glyphs that are not associated with a character) and lets you view Bézier curves and copy them to other apps. It also features an HTML entity palette, a Unicode 8.0 grid and panels that display extensive character and font information.
But wait, there's more. Ultra Character Map lets you pick favorite fonts and characters, view characters or text copied from other apps, view the keystrokes that produce specific characters (even if they require multiple steps, such as "Option-N then Shift-N") and much more.
What's New in Version 2.0.4
- Export the selected character as a PDF or SVG image file.
- Fixes an issue when copying characters with 3D effects in OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Introduced in Version 2.0
- Enjoy a simplified, completely redesigned user interface.
- Create your own clip art by applying colors and 3D effects to any character, symbol or glyph.
- Quickly browse through your font library with the new font grid.
- Explore your fonts' characters and glyphs at the same time in the new unified “Characters & Glyphs” view.
- Get any character's Objective-C escape sequence or UTF-8 byte sequence and easily copy it to the clipboard.
- Browse the available variants of the selected Emoji character.
- Print character maps that show the character code, glyph index, and glyph name of each character.
- The Unicode grid was updated to Unicode 8.0.
- Adds a new Standard Music Font Layout character map for SMuFL-compliant fonts.
- Easily access your font files.
- Performance improvements.
- Other minor improvements.
No Key Caps function
The name kind of misled me a little. I think of a “map” as a guide. In this case, a guide to which key presses produce which characters. I already have apps to preview fonts. What I REALLY needed was a way to quickly find which key-combinations produces which character (for music fonts). Unfortunately, this app does not provide that function. Supposedly, if you click on each symbol, the app can tell you what key-combination to press to type each character, but I was not able to figure out how to get that information, and even if I could, having to click on each character to see it is cumbersome. I do hope the developer adds a keycaps function. It would make life so much easier, and make me feel less like I wasted $10.
Simpy a must-have app
Update on my rating from before. This is a great utility that finally replaces the sorely missed Character Map utility from long ago. Easy to use with quite powerful extra features. Originally I had rated this only 4 stars because it was not fully compatible with older versions of the OS in allowing access to additional font libraries (e.g., Microsoft specific libraries). That ancient issue resolved, this app is simply essential for anyone requiring access to less common symbols in particular fonts. I need this all the time in my academic writing. Can’t recommend this highly enough.
Very useful tool for any design work involving fonts
I do a lot of personalized work for custom albums and books we make, and using Ultra character map is a great tool to choose fonts that work with my designs. I can put in my text and see easily and quickly how it looks with different fonts - I’ve over 600 installed - which is a lot better than cycling through them one by one in Illustrator.
A great companion app for working with Illustrator, and I have it open all the time.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Nov 14, 2015
- Version: 2.0.4
- Size: 18.8 MB
- Languages: English, French
- Seller: X04 Studios Inc.
- © 1998-2015 X04 Studios Inc.
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor