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Easy Unicode Paster

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Remember when ASCII was It, and you had 128 characters--or 256 on really advanced systems? Those days are gone forever, and Unicode has some 100,000 characters defined and room for up to a million. Easy Unicode Paster makes it easy to enter those characters in your document, assuming you have the fonts installed in the first place.

Easy Unicode Paster has an extremely Spartan interface, but that's all it needs. The program is a one-trick pony, but that one trick is pretty darn clever. Fire it up, and select a character set, from Arrows to Yijing Hexagram Symbols. If you have the proper font installed, you will see the characters of that set displayed; if you don't, you will see square boxes. Here's the fun part. Open anything which supports Unicode--Microsoft Word, for example, and then click the character you want in the Paster window. It appears in your document. You don't need to cut/paste, shift focus, or otherwise muck about. Easy Unicode Paster displays itself without grabbing the focus from your active application. When you're done, minimize it to the task bar.

Please note that it doesn't supply the fonts, just access to the appropriate codes--if you don't have the fonts, the codes will be entered properly; you just won't see the character, so you probably won't know what you've typed.

Aaaaand...that's it. That's all it does. If you regularly enter non-standard characters, such as arrows, Kanji, or playing card symbols, this is a great little tool.

Note: This program is donationware. It is free to try, but the author accepts and encourages donations towards further development.

--Ian Harac

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Easy Unicode Paster

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