May 10

Spell Catcher X
The Ultimate Writing Tool

Normally: $39.95

ZOT Price: $19.95

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Don’t let the name fool you; Spell Catcher X does much more than correct your typing. It’s the ultimate tool for anyone who writes on his or her Macintosh, even those with perfect spelling. Sure, Spell Catcher X proofreads your documents and even corrects common mistakes as you type. But unlike the spelling checker built into your word processor, Spell Catcher X integrates seamlessly into pretty much any application you can type into, with the same comprehensive dictionaries, the same thesaurus, and the same customized settings no matter which program you’re using.

Do you spell perfectly? That’s fine—you’re not alone. But those pesky typos! Spell Catcher X’s shorthand glossary feature will automatically correct typos—often before you realize it. Shorthands will also save your time (and your fingers) by doing the typing for you. Define abbreviated versions of all those words, phrases, sentences, or even paragraphs that you find yourself typing repeatedly. Type a few characters, and Spell Catcher X types the rest for you. So perfect spellers, feel free to turn Spell Catcher’s spell checking off. There are many more Spell Catcher X features available to help with the way you work.

Here are some of the things Spell Catcher X can do for you

(that all those built-in spelling checkers you have cannot)

A number of the links below lead to detailed, instructional, or reference material from Spell Catcher X’s online help book. Our hope is that MacZOT! readers will appreciate it over some of the more “general” product info that’s on our website.

  • Available-everywhere as-you-type (interactive checking), after-you’ve-typed-it (batch) spell checking, and (new in Spell Catcher X 10.3), DirectCorrect™—the best of both worlds. Spell Catcher X integrates fully with the standard Mac OS X Spelling Panel. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, or what program you’re using to do it, Spell Catcher X is available. And along with it, your carefully crafted customized dictionaries and shorthands. The same exact ones—learn once, use everywhere. The same goes for (totally customizable) keyboard shortcuts as well, not to mention features and interface.
  • Comprehensive spelling dictionaries are available for 16 different languages, with thesaurus look up in 12 languages. Nine spelling languages and 10 thesaurus databases are included for free!
  • Powerful, fast, searchable, state-of-the-art shorthands. Instantaneous expansion and correction—without touching your clipboard. Date and time shorthands that are infinitely configurable.

  • AutoFormat—work faster, look smarter! Ever hold down the shift key too long? Or forget to use it when you should have? Let Spell Catcher fix those DOubled CApitals, capitalize the first word of a sentence, and fix capitalization of proper nouns—instantly and automatically. Write like a pro—have Spell Catcher automatically “smarten” quotation marks and other punctuation to be typographically correct—for the language you are writing in at the time. Change regular dashes to en or em dashes. Prevent double spaces—a habit from the days when you used a device called a typewriter.
  • Two different U.S. English-language thesaurus databases included, along with U.S. English dictionary definitions. The “right word” is just a few keystrokes away.
  • If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the thesaurus or dictionary definitions, you’ll find it on the Internet using Spell Catcher’s integrated dictionary server support.

  • Spell Catcher X’s completion feature finishes what you’re typing for you. Not just dictionary words are offered as completions, but shorthands, your personal learned words, thesaurus synonyms, and (saving the best for last), names, email addresses, phone numbers and address information from your Address Book! With Spell Catcher X’s “Matching Address Book Cards” completion, your Address Book is truly available everywhere.

  • Spell Catcher X’s Ghostwriter offers you “Safety When You Haven’t Saved.” Ghostwriter saves what you type while you type it, making it possible to recover your work after a crash or other similar disaster. Because it’s built on top of an interactive writing tool, Ghostwriter keeps an incredibly accurate, complete, and easy-to-recover account of what you’ve written.
  • Customizable text manipulation tools let you “Modify Selections” of text in many different ways. Clean up badly formatted email messages; strip excess white space and other characters, make paragraphs out of text with returns at the end of every line. Create your own macros from the basic functions that are included with Spell Catcher X.
  • Tailor the way Spell Catcher works to the way you and the applications you use work. Almost every preference can be set on a per-application basis.

Those are just a few of the reasons why Spell Catcher has been so popular for so long. Give it a try and find out for yourself—again and again—well after this day long offer is over!

See Spell Catcher X in action—view our Video Tutorials.

Mac OS X 10.4.3 (10.4.11 recommended), or Mac OS X 10.5 and later.
Older releases for Mac OS X 10.2 – 10.3.9 are available.

Click to Developer’s Site for more info.

17 Responses to “Spell Catcher X”

  1. Parker Bennett Says:

    I’ve used SpellCatcher since it first came out. Own it, still use it. Recommended.

  2. giltinan Says:

    I also owned it until OS X came out, even wrote a detailed review of it for my user group magazine that was reprinted by a few other mugs. When it reverted to Rainmaker, I had moved on to OS X and had so many things to upgrade that I didn’t upgrade that one. I really liked using it when I was writing a lot of reviews since it made spell checking more accurate than OS 9 did. At the time I first got it, C&G also marketed Grammar Checker which was another killer writing app which I also reviewed. The combo made it virtually impossible for an article to have an error of any kind.

    I kept my old copies of both of those as well as a tower that would run all my fav OS 9 apps for when I get back to serious writing again.

    I guess I will have to take another look at this app.

  3. kit Says:

    I also recommend it. I’ve been using it since it’s prior name -forgotten now- and this is a great price.

  4. Eddie Says:

    Great application. Great support. Highly recommended.
    I’ve used it since the C&G days.

  5. DW Says:

    I can’t give this application enough praise. First off the developer is very quick to respond to requests. Second, and more importantly, it works and works better than any other spell checking application that I have ever used. It is possible to use jargon specific dictionary as well as language specific ones.

    If you know somebody that had dyslexic or another learning disability that affects how they use the printed word, then I suggest this as a gift at this price. It works well with TTS voices. It works well with OS X’s dictionary app. It works in just about every application.

    Updates to add improvements and fix bugs seems fairly regular. In addition to the free spelling dictionaries there are fairly inexpensive add-ons that further expand what this little application can do.

    It also catches grammar errors, like repeated words and makes editing a snap for those using alternative input methods or using VTS (though this must be scripted for maximum ease of use).

    I just hope that they will come up with an iPhone version when iPhone 3.x OS is released.

    At this price, you can’t loose.

  6. makemineamac Says:

    @ DW
    Shouldn’t that be ‘lose’?

  7. Alan Hecht Says:

    I use TextExpander and Typinator for this sort of thing. They are apps in the other direction (meant to do ‘expanditures,’ but can also be used to do inline spell-checking/correcting).

    I wonder if those who use this app regularly can explain why they like it over these other options (if they’ve tried more than one).

  8. TomEck Says:

    @ Alan

    I own Typinator, TextExpander and TypiIt4Me and they are all really good apps – no doubt!

    However, I prefer SC X for spell checking and several other tasks like “Ghostwriter” or “Shorthands” for several reasons; these are a few (with the focus on spell checking):

    1. SC works with different languages and I can easily switch between these languages.

    2. SC has much bigger reference database as far as I can see. In addition TextExpander, Typinator and TypeIt4Me are based (at least as far as I know) on TidBITS AutoCorrect Dictionary. That’s a public domain list of misspelled words in English and their correct variants but not the same as the Proximity Linguistic System that SC uses for several languages.

    3. SC allows me to “Look up” words in several online dictionaries by pressing one shortcut. In addition you can access a thesaurus.

    4. SC allows to check before it’s doing any correction; that means I can check via a pop-up window or suggestion window if it is necessary to correct a word or that it isn’t a misspelling.

    5. SC suggest several alternatives for correction rather than to correct only a common misspelling. That means the offered “suggestions” are not limited to the most common misspelling; it’s a hierarchy list of words which more or less obvious could be intended to type (with extreme good results!).

    6. SC DirectCorrect feature (doesn’t work with all but with the most apps) allows to instantly check a text for errors (errors will be highlighted according to error type), and correct them, when it’s convenient.

    7. SC allows in general (without using DirectCorrect) to spell check existing text and documents after-you’ve-typed them.

    8. SC combines several apps.

    9. SC never has conflicts with pasteboard/clipboard enhancers because it is a input method.

    There are more good reasons to give SC a shot like the possibility to modify text or to count words of a text or the Ghostwriter function if you have to work with buggy MS Word… I recommend to check out their website!

    BTW: The shorthand feature isn’t perfect yet but for regular self-expanding abbreviations it is quite good.

  9. Mark Says:

    I’ve used Grammarian X for years. I also use Typeit4me and other apps. I use Grammarian X because of the medical dictionary that is available as an add on. Does Spell Catcher X have the same?

  10. Tommy Says:

    If it can help with my propensity for DOubled CApitals, then I’m sold. Or rather, it’s sold. To me.

  11. Evan Gross Says:


    Yep. See:

  12. Evan Gross Says:


    Fixing doubled caps, absolutely. Spell Catcher Preferences, Interactive pane, Automatic tab.

  13. Mark Says:

    Another quick question, has anyone used Spell Catcher X with Mellel? Can Spell Catcher do its work without reformatting the document?

  14. TomEck Says:


    I haven’t noticed that SC touches the Mellel (which is my favourite word processor for academic writing) formats if you use the spell checking as you type approach (and I believe as an input method it shouldn’ t reformat anything). However, if you prefer the spell checking after-you’ve-typed approach, I have experienced some problems with footnotes and formats, because you have to paste the results “back” to the document after spell checking.

  15. TomEck Says:


    I forgot: DirectCorrect doesn’t work with Mellel (yet?).

  16. Ove Pettersen Says:

    Thank you MacZot, I have been waiting for this!

    I just purchased it, and then added the Norwegian dictionary ($10 extra), which was made available this year, and which I have been hoping for the last 10 years or so. Now I am very anxious to see if and how well Spell Catcher works with Mellel.

    I am also anxious to see how well SP works with the Mac OS X 10.4.11, since Apple has not furnished us with any global dictionary for the Norwegian OS.

    So far I have used CocoAspell which has worked fairly well (also in Mellel) for spell checking, however I have sorely missed thesaurus/synonyms, which is included in Spell Catcher.

  17. wpadmin Says:

    You’re welcome Ove!

    Thanks everyone, for all the valuable comments today!

    Mike Biskup