I'd like to make use of the special iOS symbols found in Apple Symbols font, e.g. the "Reload" and "Action" glyphs. In Snow Leopard, I could obtain and insert them via the "special characters" pane where I could show (and select!) all the symbols of any given font. In Lion, however, this feature seems to be missing (said pane now only contains some given character ranges) and when I preview the entire font repertoire in font-book, I can't select and insert text from the preview area.

Is there a way to obtain those symbols in a copyable form (i.e. to insert them into another application) on Lion?

  • May you show a screenshot of those characters? – kiamlaluno Sep 13 '11 at 14:56
  • Yes - the FontBook app still shows a sample of these font renderings, but getting to the specific unicode replacements requires you to let us know exactly which glyph you seek. – bmike Sep 13 '11 at 16:05
  • You can no longer do: view:all characters in Character Viewer ?? I don't have Lion yet, so maybe that's good. – GEdgar Sep 13 '11 at 17:01
  • It's e.g. character ID 5103 in Apple Symbols according to Font Book.app. – MrMage Sep 13 '11 at 19:43

Snow Leopard's CharacterPalette.app still works on 10.7:

Those "iOS symbols" shown in the screenshot above are glyph variants that are specific to Apple Symbols. For example the turned arrow icon is a variant of Ꮿ. There doesn't seem to be any way to show them in 10.7's Character Viewer.

You could also use Font Book to save a PDF file for all characters in a font:

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  • How can I obtain Snow Leopard's CharacterPalette.app on Lion? – MrMage Oct 18 '11 at 9:58
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    cl.ly/1a0j3W380c0A0E341Q3d – Lri Oct 18 '11 at 17:54
  • Thank you! First the digital colour meter and now this, I don't know why Apple removed these useful features from simple applications. – dakdad Jan 10 '12 at 5:49

PopChar X

costs €30, which is expensive, but it will do what you need. You can download a trial version.

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  • There is a free trial of this software - perhaps MrMage can get an answer while evaluating the trial. – bmike Sep 13 '11 at 16:08
  • I'd prefer not to pay 30 bucks for a feature that was free under SL. – MrMage Sep 15 '11 at 13:53
  • Actually it's 30 euros, not 30 bucks. Like I said, expensive. – user9290 Sep 16 '11 at 0:43
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    I couldn't find any way to show glyph variants, like those "iOS icons" in Apple Symbols. – Lri Oct 13 '11 at 19:09

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