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?
    – apaderno
    Sep 13, 2011 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, 2011 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, 2011 at 17:01
  • It's e.g. character ID 5103 in Apple Symbols according to Font Book.app.
    – MrMage
    Sep 13, 2011 at 19:43

2 Answers 2


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:

  • How can I obtain Snow Leopard's CharacterPalette.app on Lion?
    – MrMage
    Oct 18, 2011 at 9:58
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    – Lri
    Oct 18, 2011 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, 2012 at 5:49

PopChar X

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

  • There is a free trial of this software - perhaps MrMage can get an answer while evaluating the trial.
    – bmike
    Sep 13, 2011 at 16:08
  • I'd prefer not to pay 30 bucks for a feature that was free under SL.
    – MrMage
    Sep 15, 2011 at 13:53
  • Actually it's 30 euros, not 30 bucks. Like I said, expensive.
    – user9290
    Sep 16, 2011 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, 2011 at 19:09

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