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Spell Catcher X Input Methods for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

The following only applies only to 64-bit capable Macintosh hardware running Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

For compatibility with 64-bit applications on capable Macintosh hardware running Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), Spell Catcher X 10.3.3 and later come with two input methods—the usual input method component, and a brand new input method application. Input method components are only available to applications running in 32-bit mode. Input method applications are available in all applications. It’s important to understand why both input methods are available to install and use.

When both the input method component and input method application are initially installed or updated, only the input method application will be turned “On” in Language & Text System Preferences, and therefore appear in the Input menu.

If your Macintosh is capable of running 64-bit applications and has Mac OS X 10.6 or Mac OS X 10.7 installed, you will see something like the following the first time you open the Spell Catcher application:

Install input methods
For new Spell Catcher installations

Update and install input methods
When updating existing Spell Catcher installations

You can choose to install an input method the next time the Spell Catcher application is launched, or skip installation of an input method until you manually choose to install it. This is done by clicking the “Action” checkbox to toggle between the three options. Manual installation can be performed from either the About Spell Catcher window, or the Interactive pane of Spell Catcher’s Preferences window.

Install input methods next time
Click once to install next time

Install input methods later
Click again to install manually at a later time

Note that you must upgrade any older input methods before continuing.

Re-installing and Uninstalling

To re-install or uninstall an input method, hold down the control key while launching the Spell Catcher application. Keep holding until you see the following:

Force re-install input methods
Forced re-install or uninstall by holding down the control key

Uninstall input methods
Click once to uninstall

Skip install input methods
Click again to leave the installed input method untouched

Why Both Input Methods?

There are a number of reasons why we are forced to make both of Spell Catcher’s input methods available for use on 64-bit Macs running Mac OS X 10.6 or Mac OS X 10.7. Ideally, Spell Catcher’s input method application should replace the component, as input method applications are available in all applications!

The current (unfortunate) reality (as of Mac OS X 10.6.2), is that some of Spell Catcher’s functionality depends on features only available to input method components. Additionally, input method applications don’t work as well with certain apps—generally older ones that don’t have built-in support for input methods (AppleWorks for instance). Specifically, we refer to inline input support. There are also some known issues related to using 64-bit input method applications in 32-bit applications, and vice-versa (using 32-bit input method applications in 64-bit applications).

Until these issues are resolved, we recommend installing both input methods. By default, only the input method application will be turned “On” in Language & Text System Preferences, and therefore appear in the Input menu. For those applications where the input method component works better, select the preference to Use input method component in this application where possible (Spell Catcher Preferences, Interactive pane, Typing tab). For this preference to take effect, remember to turn the component “On” in Language & Text Preferences.

Use input method component

When both input methods are turned “On”, you will see two input methods of the same name in the Input menu. The input method application’s icon is the familiar yellow checkmark, badged with a small “64”.

Use input method component

However, chances are very good that the input method application will work fine in all your applications. There are a few differences that you should be aware of. They may help you to decide when, where and whether to use the component or not.

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

Detailed Differences

Generally, the differences between the input method component and application are very subtle. We list most of them here for your information.

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