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Suggested Language & Text Preferences for Keeping Spell Catcher the Active Input Source

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(Updated Wednesday, 3 August, 2011.)

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that the Spell Catcher application is not set to Open using Rosetta! If you're unsure, navigate to the Spell Catcher application in the Finder, choose File > Get Info. The "Open using Rosetta" checkbox must be deselected (unchecked, off). Quit and re-open Spell Catcher for changes to take effect. You won't be asked to install the input method application, even if your Mac is 64-bit capable, if Spell Catcher is running as PowerPC (using Rosetta). We'll make sure to disallow opening using Rosetta in the next update.

This article applies only to Spell Catcher X 10.3.3 and later, running on Mac OS X 10.6.x (Snow Leopard). or Mac OS X 10.7.x (Lion)

Portions of this article apply only to those that have 64-bit Macintosh hardware. On all other systems, check the settings for 1, 2 and 3 below, and make sure Spell Catcher is turned On.

If you want Spell Catcher to remain the active input source in all applications, at all times, check that your settings/preferences are set as described below.

TIP: To find out whether a Spell Catcher input method is installed, where an installed input method is on your hard drive, or to install an input method, open Spell Catcher’s About Box. In the Spell Catcher application, choose Spell Catcher > About Spell Catcher.

About Spell Catcher - Input Methods Info

The version of any installed input method is displayed below the application’s version.

About Spell Catcher - Input Method Path

Hover the mouse over an input method’s version to see a tooltip with it’s path.

About Spell Catcher - Install Component

If an input method is not currently installed, you will see a caption to that effect, along with an Install button. Click it to install the input method.

(Input method application info only appears on 64-bit capable Macintosh hardware running Snow Leopard)

Suggested Settings

Open Language & Text System Preferences, make sure that your settings follow the suggested ones below.

  1. Show Input menu in menu bar should be selected.
  2. Set your Input source options to Use the same one in all documents.
  3. Make sure your Input source shortcuts aren’t set such that you’ll be likely to type them by accident. You can turn these off in Keyboard Shortcuts, but realize they can be very handy and useful.
  4. Enter “spell” to view only Spell Catcher’s input sources.
  5. If your Mac is 64-bit capable, Spell Catcher’s input method application (yellow checkmark with the small “64” badge) should have been installed the first time you opened the Spell Catcher application. Make sure it’s turned On in the list.
  6. By default, Spell Catcher’s input method component (yellow checkmark—no “64” badge) is always installed. Normally, on 64-bit Macs, the input method application should be installed and turned On, the component should be Off. In all other cases, Spell Catcher’s input method component should be turned On.

Snow Leopard Input Source Options

These are only basic suggestions. In most cases, if you are having problems with Spell Catcher staying active, the key will be how your Input source options are set.

For Best Results with the Input Method Application

The input method application works much better when “Enable access for assistive devices” (in Universal Access System Preferences) is selected.

Other Considerations

If you manually Quit the Spell Catcher application, your Keyboard will become active. So don’t Quit Spell Catcher manually, or have a 3rd party utility Quit Spell Catcher for you when you Log Out or Restart. As long as Spell Catcher is the active input source when you Log Out or Restart, the Mac OS will automatically activate it the next time you are logged in.

More Information

Read the Spell Catcher X Input Methods for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) chapter in Spell Catcher’s Help Book.

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