Not just another character map. (Really.) Did you know that many fonts contain characters and pictures that cannot be accessed with the keyboard or even with a regular character palette? Ultra Character Map lets you access any character or glyph in any font and use it in other apps. It also lets you do side-by-side font comparisons, print font catalogs, view detailed character and font information (including the keystroke combinations that produce special or accented characters) and much more. And it's really easy to use.

Main Features:

- Unlock everything your fonts have to offer. Access any character, symbol or glyph in any font and use it in your documents.

- Fun with colors and 3D effects. Create your own clip art by applying colors and 3D effects to any character, symbol or glyph.

- Say it in Emoji. Ultra Character Map gives you access to all Emoji characters available in macOS. To use an Emoji character, just drag or copy it into your document.

- Compare fonts the easy way. Enter text once, then simply scroll through a list to see a preview in every font. Don't want to look at all your fonts? You can filter the list by style, classification, collection, name or font folder. Ultra Character Map lets you preview header or paragraph text and includes preset samples to save you even more time.

- Print font catalogs and font samples. Ultra Character Map lets you print custom font catalogs, font samples and character maps or save them as PDF documents.

- Useful tools for graphic designers, webmasters and app developers. Ultra Character Map shows all the glyphs in your fonts (even glyphs that are not associated with a character) and lets you view Bézier curves and copy them to other apps. It also features an HTML entity palette, a Unicode 11.0 grid and panels that display extensive character and font information.

But wait, there's more. Ultra Character Map lets you pick favorite fonts and characters, view characters or text copied from other apps, view the keystrokes that produce specific characters (even if they require multiple steps, such as "Option-N then Shift-N") and much more.

What’s New

Version 2.1.1

- Supports macOS 10.15 Catalina.
- Copy characters and glyphs to the clipboard as SVG pictures.
- Set the character map sidebar font size.
- Adds new translations.
- Performance improvements.
- Other minor improvements.

Introduced in Version 2.1
- Supports macOS 10.14 Mojave’s Dark Mode.
- Quickly select and compare fonts using the new Selected Fonts collection.
- View alternate characters and glyphs associated with the selected character.
- Supports color SVG fonts under macOS 10.14 Mojave.
- Supports the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.
- Fixes an issue with favorite fonts under macOS 10.14 Mojave.
- Supports macOS 10.10 Yosemite.
- Many more fixes and enhancements.

Introduced in Version 2.0
- Enjoy a simplified, completely redesigned user interface.
- Create your own clip art by applying colors and 3D effects to any character, symbol or glyph.
- Quickly browse through your font library with the new font grid.
- Explore your fonts' characters and glyphs at the same time in the new unified “Characters & Glyphs” view.
- Get any character's Swift or Objective-C escape sequence or UTF-8 byte sequence and easily copy it to the clipboard.
- Browse the available variants of the selected Emoji character.
- Print character maps that show the character code, glyph index, and glyph name of each character.
- The Unicode grid was updated to Unicode 12.1.
- Adds a new Standard Music Font Layout character map for SMuFL-compliant fonts.
- Easily access your font files.
- Performance improvements.
- Other minor improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
322 Ratings

322 Ratings

nutjob ,

What I Needed and Even More

When the “Show Emoji & Symbols” repeatedly starting failing on my Mac (a common problem according to the web), I desperately looked for a substitute.

And I got just that with this app—and SO MUCH MORE. In addition to showing you how to type special characters, it lets you search for them by their Unicode names, and as a developer, I can take full advantage of that. But there’s more! As a designer, I can put in sample text and see it in all sorts of different fonts, helping me pick just the one I need to make my client happy and express the emotion I need for a project.

I’ve slowly built up again a set of favorite characters (and thank you for providing THAT feature!) that I use daily in my work and correspondance. Ultra Character Map deserves its name: it truly is the ultimate character map!

SansEverything ,

Just what the doctor ordered, but—

I have a number of homemade fonts (made using the late, lamented Fontographer) that have special symbols not used in Unicode. this is a great way to find out where everything is. Once any letter is highlighted, you can type any key combination to go to the letter it encodes. The “but” in my review title is: this feature doesn’t work for accented characters that require two successive keystrokes. The letter ü (u with an umlaut) is option-u, followed by u. The letter é is option-e, then e. If you type option-u, u in Ultra Character Map, it ignores the first input, and just gives you lower-case u. Should be fixable, though. Developers, are you reading?

Elizabethan Writer ,

Almost Perfect

If you want to fill your manuscript with accents, diacriticals or pronunciation marks then Ultra Character Mao is indispensible. The one glaring flaw is that the size setting for characters are the same for both screen display AND for copying and pasting. This is very inconvenient as I need to see with my eyes the characters I am choosing to copy (so the sizes need to display the marks in conspicouous ways) but I then need to modify the size on my manuscript when pasting. Programmers, please fix!

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