TypeIt4Me

TypeIt4Me $27 is a great application.logoman.jpg

I have used it for a couple of weeks now, and the only reason I didn’t write the review sooner was that I was waiting to see if it was one of those neat applications that you fall in love with straight away, but give up on after a week or so. That certainly isn’t the case with TypeIt4Me – as the days go by I use and love it even more.

As they say on their site; “Anytime you enter text in your Mac by typing it at the keyboard, TypeIt4Me can help you do it faster and more accurately. First you define a number of abbreviations and the full text entries that they represent, then you watch the Mac expand them on the fly even as you continue typing!”

It is that simple, but there is a lot more to it as well. As they say on their site:

“TypeIt4Me expands your abbreviations as you type.

YES, it’s like autotext, BUT TypeIt4Me works in ALL applications, not just one.

YES, macro utilities can type text 4 u, BUT TypeIt4Me lets you define meaningful abbreviations, so you can type them naturally, as part of your writing, without memorizing – or reaching for – obscure ctrl-cmd-xyz combinations.

Anytime you enter text in your Mac by typing it at the keyboard, TypeIt4Me can help you do it faster and more accurately. First you define a number of abbreviations and the full text entries that they represent, then you watch the Mac expand them on the fly even as you continue typing!”

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The application centers around three areas:

– Clippings,
– Settings, and
– Applications.

The clippings allows you to set up your own abbreviations e.g. mrc = Mac Review Cast for me. The settings (shown above) gives the exceptionally useful Hot Key function, followed closely by the expansion preferences. The applications page is also exceptionally useful. For example, I use Mellel II for any technical writing that I do, so I have it set up so that this application uses a specific database of abbreviations which I don’t use on a day to day basis.

Living in Spain I have a lot of abbreviations set up for Spanish words so that when I type in the english version I get the spanish word, and when I type in a Spanish word I get the proper accents etc.

My personal usage is split pretty evenly between blog creation, email, word processing and technical writing and TypeiT4Me works really well with all of them.

Certainly a “Top 10” candidate.

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