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Below you will find a list of changes in Spell Catcher X 10.2.1. Make sure to read the "What's New..." documents available in the Spell Catcher application's Help menu for more details.
This means you can not only use Spotlight to search the contents of your references, but search for other things like language, number of words or shorthands, and more.
This additional metadata (Languages, Number of Words) is shown in the More Info pane in Spotlight search results and in the Finder's Get Info window.
Opening a document from the Spotlight search results window will display the found word or shorthand (or first/best match, if possible).
Choosing a Spell Catcher language (other than "No language") will cause "English (Spell Catcher)" to appear in the Dictionary pop-up menu in the spelling panel. Choosing "English (Spell Catcher)" in the spelling panel will make that Spell Catcher language available.
Note that this is a stop-gap solution. It's possible to select (say) Spell Catcher's Canadian French language to be used as "English (Spell Catcher)". Keep in mind the fact that you have set this preference - realize (in this case) you will be spell checking in Canadian French, even though the spelling panel indicates you are using English! The real solution to this problem is for the application developer to support all available languages from all available spelling services.
This makes it possible to define a shorthand such as this:
ptag → <p></p><left4>
When you type the abbreviation "ptag", the result is <p></p> with the insertion point positioned between the opening and closing HTML <p> tags, ready for you to type the paragraph text itself!
Whenever the input method component is installed for the first time (i.e. no existing component had to be updated), the required Restart or Log Out can be deferred by clicking a new "Later" button. Note that this doesn't mean interactive features are available right away! Note that on some systems, it's possible that the newly-installed component will actually appear in System Preferences/International. You may even be able to turn it on, and it may even appear in the Input menu. But it's not going to work properly until you Restart or Log Out.
Changes to the order and way that spelling references are checked. Now "overriding" a word that exists in a Main Spellings or Additional Spellings reference with its "ending dot" or "no ending dot" variation works as expected with respect to end-of-sentence determination. This is most noticeable with the Interactive, Automatic preference to "Capitalize the first word of a sentence".
As an example, if you add the abbreviation "etc." to a U.S. English Learned Words document, even though "etc" (no ending dot) is in the U.S. English Main Spellings, your learned word will take precedence. So (for instance), if you are automatically capitalizing the first word of a sentence during interactive checking, you can type "etc." and the word following will no longer be considered to start a sentence.
Work-around for bugs in Apple's Mail 2.0 application on Tiger related to the way it handles spaces sent to it by an input method. Mail handles spaces typed on a keyboard differently from spaces given to it from an input method, causing various strange behaviors. The side-effect is that expansions containing many spaces may be made slower in Mail than other apps.
Much improved handling of the Ignore button in the OS X Spelling Panel (or contextual menu item). Note that the way Spell Catcher implements Ignore is somewhat different from the way Apple's built-in spelling service "expects" things to be done.
Ignore with a Spell Catcher language chosen behaves very much like the Spell Catcher "Ignore All" command - the Ignored word is added to the Ignore All (Spelling preferences, Ignore All tab) list for the current language. One caveat - it's actually not possible to definitively know what language is chosen in the Spelling Panel when the Ignore button is clicked, as it is not supplied to a spelling service along with the word to be ignored. Spell Catcher does its best to keep track of the Spelling Panel's most-recently used language, but if you use the contextual menu it's possible that word you clicked on is associated with a different language than the one the word before it (in time, not position) was spell checked in.
On the other hand, I think Spell Catcher's behavior is preferable to the default, where Ignored words are associated with the document itself (which can contain paragraphs in multiple languages), not the language of the Ignored word.
Import and export of Shorthand Glossary documents to XML property list format. It's even possible to customize the names of the dictionary keys used for the values stored in the XML file. Send an e-mail to our feedback address if you need to know the details.
Now possible to license the software simply by clicking a Spell Catcher X-specific URL. This is even easier than copy and paste or drag and drop - a couple of clicks (no typing ever!) is all that's required.
Updated the built-in list of default Dictionary Servers (shown in the menu in the Host: field).
The Dictionary Server at dict.org (Spell Catcher's "default") now has a slew of new databases. One of these is actually not a database, but a marker of sorts. Spell Catcher X 10.2.1 now deals (well, ignores) this special non-database. Some of the other new databases are actually "virtual databases," meaning they are essentially wrappers for look ups into some set of regular databases. Because there is no way for Spell Catcher to know which databases are searched by a virtual database, it can't indicate whether results were obtained for a look up in one of these - you won't see it as a blue, clickable item in the References drawer.
Improvements (mostly simplifications) to the License Manager window and its various dialogs and sheets:
Any customer that has purchased any of the add-on languages (Canadian English, Dutch, Portuguese or Brazilian Portuguese) has had their license updated to reflect this. If you refresh your license, you will see these appear below the license list when you select the license in the License Manager window. The main benefit is that if you are licensed for one of these languages, you can now use the "Get Updates and Languages" command to download the latest version. In the future, we will be enforcing the requirement that your license includes a specific extra-cost language for Spell Catcher to actually use it.
Error alert sounds are now played through the same sound output device used for system alerts and sound effects.
Uses new APIs available in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) to do some of the things we have to do the "hard way" on earlier versions of Mac OS X. This will generally result in better performance in these areas when Spell Catcher is running on Tiger:
Worked-around a bug in 10.4 where HTML received from our server when some sort of licensing error occurs when directly downloading a license key. The HTML fails to get converted into RTF for display purposes. The symptom was a minute-long period where nothing at all seemed to be happening, followed by a spurious error about our server possibly being down (which wasn't at all the problem).
Fixed: Ignore from the Spelling Panel will no longer add words to the default U.S. English Learned Words document.
Fixed: Problems opening Reference documents stored on an unmounted server volume. This means that you may be prompted for a username/password when Spell Catcher attempts to mount the volume - probably not what you want during startup time. Best advice: save the passwords for any such volumes in the Keychain, and allow Spell Catcher access to them.
Fixes from the 10.2 (Build 4B1) Input Method component have been rolled in:
Numerous other minor changes and fixes.
Built with Xcode 2.0.
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