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Spell Catcher X 10.3.2 on Snow Leopard Quick Start Guide

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(Updated January 13, 2010)

This FAQ has been Rendered Obsolete with the Release of Spell Catcher X 10.3.3

None of the following is necessary with Spell Catcher X 10.3.3. If you have previously performed these steps, in order to use Spell Catcher X 10.3.2 on Snow Leopard, this FAQ describes how to undo what you’ve done.

Please update your Spell Catcher X installation to version 10.3.3 or later. Don’t do any of the following. It remains here as reference material only for those that followed this guide for Spell Catcher X 10.3.2.

Obsolete Information Follows

If you have a Macintosh that doesn’t support 64-bit applications (Intel Core Duo), there’s nothing to see here. Move along, you are all set.

  1. In the Finder, choose Go > Applications.
  2. While holding down the command key, click to select:
    • Address Book
    • iCal
    • iChat
    • Mail
    • Preview
    • Safari
    • Stickies
    • TextEdit

    Feel free to omit any of the above applications if you don’t use Spell Catcher’s interactive features with it.

  3. Press command-option-i, or hold down the option key and choose File > Show Inspector.
  4. Select the Open in 32-bit mode option, close the Inspector window.
  5. Open System Preferences, click Language & Text, select the Input Sources tab. Select the input source option to Allow a different one for each document.


The option in the final step is designed to automatically select the input source you were using with that document whenever it becomes active. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to do this when there is no document or focused text entry area (for example, when no windows are open in an application, or the active window doesn’t accept text entry).

To get around this limitation, we have created a small background application (no windows, menus, or Dock icon). It will automatically select Spell Catcher as the active input source whenever you switch to an application running in 32-bit mode. Feel free to download it and give it a try if you run into this problem (bug?) when using this Snow Leopard input source option.

Activator Usage
  • Place it wherever you want (Applications or Utilities), and double-click it.
  • You should select the option to add the Spell Catcher application to your login items, and click the "Add to Login Items" button.
  • We recommend selecting the option to "Move the Spell Catcher Activator to Spell Catcher's Application Support folder".
  • It will only auto-activate if the Spell Catcher application (version 10.3.2 only) is running.
  • It will only auto-activate if the application you switch to is running in 32-bit mode.
  • Double-clicking it again in the Finder will Quit it if it’s running. Since it’s background-only, there’s no menu bar, and it doesn’t appear in the Dock. So that’s how to get it to Quit.


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