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What's New in Spell Catcher X version 10.2.3

Spell Catcher X version 10.2.3 is built as a Universal application and component, and will run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macintosh computers.

Spell Catcher X 10.2.3 is primarily a maintenance and bug fix release, but does include a number of new features and enhancements. Spell Catcher X versions 10.2, 10.2.1 and 10.2.2 introduced a much larger number of new features. Choose Help > Complete Version History in the Spell Catcher application to see what was added in those versions. Choose Help > Spell Catcher Help for more information and details on using these and other Spell Catcher X features.

Note: Some language plug-ins have been updated with this release! Make sure to use the Spell Catcher > Get Updates and Languages command to get the latest version of any language plug-ins you use.

Spell Catcher X version 10.2.2 or later is required for use on Intel Macs.

Download the latest version of Spell Catcher X.

System Requirements

Spell Catcher X versions 10.2.2 and later require Mac OS X 10.3.9, or Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later.
Those using Mac OS X 10.2.x (Jaguar) through Mac OS X 10.3.8 must continue to use Spell Catcher X 10.2.1.

New Interactive Preferences

New Alert Preference

Added to the Alerts pane: Alert when no errors remain in Check Selection. This controls whether the System Alert sound is played when there are no (more) errors shown when using Check Selection.

Quick Shorthand Duplication

There is now a Duplicate command in the Edit menu, available when editing Shorthand Glossary documents. Useful for quickly making a new shorthand that's similar to an existing one. A sequence number is appended to the abbreviation, as they must be unique. If that doesn't suit your idea of the perfect abbreviation, simply edit it to your liking.

New - Actually Useful - Speak Button Behavior

The state of the Speak button in the Check Selection, Check Word, and Suggest Spelling windows is now remembered (by default). Additionally, error words are spoken when they are newly-checked (Check Word only), encountered (Check Selection only), or restored. There are new defaults to control whether the Speak button's state is remembered for each window, however there is no user interface for them at this time. You can use the defaults command in the Terminal (or edit the com.rainmaker.SpellCatcher.plist file) if you want to restore the previous "don't remember" behavior:

For the Check Selection window:
defaults write com.rainmaker.SpellCatcher SCCheckSelectionRememberSpeakState -bool FALSE

For the Check Word window:
defaults write com.rainmaker.SpellCatcher SCCheckWordRememberSpeakState -bool FALSE

For the Suggest Spelling window:
defaults write com.rainmaker.SpellCatcher SCSuggestSpellingRememberSpeakState -bool FALSE

Use TRUE to revert to the (new) "remember speak state" behavior.

New Spotlight-Searchable Document Types

The Spotlight plug-in recognizes more kinds of Spell Catcher X documents, making the following Spotlight searches possible:

The above will be displayed in the More Info pane in Spotlight search results, and in the Finder's Get Info window.

Sure, we realize that the above metadata is somewhat basic, feel free to send us your feedback with what other Spotlight-searchable information you'd find useful. And no, we don't think it would be very useful to index (say) all the words in a Spellings database.

Note that there are Terminal command scripts in the "Spotlight Commands" folder in the "Extras" folder on the installation disk (and in our FAQs) that you can use if you need to "kick start" Spotlight to re-index your Spell Catcher files using this new plug-in.

Other Improvements

Spell Catcher X Version History