A few weeks ago, we introduced you to CatchChar, a Windows utility that made it easy to find and use special Unicode characters. Now, Characters brings similarly handy functionality to your Mac’s menubar.
You can invoke Characters by clicking on its menubar icon or with a customisable keyboard shortcut, and then find anything you want using a natural language search bar. The app supports all the standard Unicode special characters you’d expect, plus Emoji as a fun bonus. Once you find what you’re looking for, just click the character or navigate to it with arrow keys and hit enter to copy it to your clipboard. The app also features an incredibly useful code mode that can copy the character’s HTML Entity or Python source to use on your website or script.
If you don’t need special characters very often, you can find them fairly easily in the Edit menu of most Mac apps. But if you find yourself needing them a lot, or just want quick access to silly Emojis, Characters is well worth its $2.99 price tag.