After seeing the nifty characters TwitterKeys made readily available for posting into your Twitter and IM conversations, I got inspired to dig around the 65,000+ Unicode characters and find some more gems.
As I did, I started to realize a couple of things. First, a huge list of symbols wouldn’t be all that helpful. Second, these symbols are useful for more than just jazzing up your Twitter conversations (✌ @plasticmind). So the idea of an organized character map tool that actually let you click a symbol to copy it to your clipboard began to percolate. Too often I’m opening up Word or trying to find a page on Google with the symbol I need.
The result is SymbolAssist, a browser-based character map that saves you time by letting you click-to-copy symbols to your clipboard.
Here’s the full list of symbols that SymbolAssist puts at your finger’s tip:
Arrows ﹠ Pointers
Crosses ﹠ Stars
Blocks ﹠ Shapes
Math ﹠ Money
To get the most out of SymbolAssist, here’s a bookmarklet that will pop open SymbolAssist in a small window. Just drag this to your browser’s bookmark toolbar: SymbolAssist