TextExpander
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Expand custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures.   Demo ($34.95)
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TextExpander saves your fingers and your keyboard, expanding custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures. Type more with less effort!

Here are a few examples for what you can do with TextExpander:
  • Insert standard greetings, phrases, boilerplate paragraphs, and signatures - including formatted text and pictures.
  • Correct typos automatically
  • Organize snippets into groups
  • Add predefined snippet groups, including HTML, CSS, Autocorrect, Accented Words, and Symbols groups.
  • Shorten long URLs
What's New
Version 4.2.1:
  • Resolves excessive CPU use which occurred on some systems after several expansions
  • Resolves a timing issue (race condition) in 4.2 which can cause crashes upon expansion on certain systems
  • Pre-fills URL field if Add Group from URL is selected with a URL on the pasteboard
  • Adds prompting to increase 5 second script snippet timeout on OS X 10.8 or later
  • Allows setting script snippet timeout via AppleScript
  • Offers to change Shell Script snippets lacking task specifier (#!) to Plain Text on 10.8+
  • Fixes crash that could occur if snippet content computation exceeded five second limit
  • Fixes automatic sentence capitalization that did not occur after pressing Return to move from a single-line text field to a multi-line text area
  • Requires only the first word of snippet content to be lowercase for Adapt to Case of Abbreviation [280]
  • Allows one non-letter character at the beginning of the abbreviation to still work with Adapt to Case of Abbreviation [158]
  • Restores date macro evaluation to snippets embedded within script snippets [881]
  • Fixes problem where @ symbol after a % was incorrectly interpreted as a date/time adjustment macro [878]
Version 4.2.1:
  • Resolves excessive CPU use which occurred on some systems after several expansions
  • Resolves a timing issue (race condition) in 4.2 which can cause crashes upon expansion on certain systems
  • Pre-fills URL field if Add Group from URL is selected with a URL on the pasteboard
  • Adds prompting to increase 5 second script snippet timeout on OS X 10.8 or more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later





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TextExpander User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 4.x:
(17)
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Overall:
(85)

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Harv reviewed on 29 Dec 2013
Do you have a Caution sign overlaying the TE icon in either the menu bar or dock? If so…

When TextExpander does its thing, it is actually logging your keystrokes, so it knows what to expand.

But when entering a password, Apple’s Secure Input (SI) is enabled; preventing anyone, even TE from seeing what you type. After entering your PW, SI is quit & returned to the user (and TE) so life can continue as usual.

The problem that sometimes happens, is that SI remains enabled even after entering your PW; ergo TE can’t work as it should.

The fix for this is to quit the offending apps & relaunch. Most often these are: 
• 1Password
• LastPass
• Google Chrome
• Firefox
• Hulu Desktop
• iFinance
• Quicken Scheduler
• Notational Velocity
• Chronories
• Terminal
• loginwindow
• Parallels Desktop 9

But sometimes you may need to reboot the OS. This most always solves the problem.

Tip: TE’s menu bar icon will show the name of what it thinks is the offending app (under Expansion Disabled or some such).

FWIW: I have found the tech support first-rate in every regard.

Additional detail available at: http://www.smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/secureinput.html
[Version 4.2]


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SegN3rd commented on 10 Dec 2013
I have the same problem with the clipboard being posted instead of the expansion.

I appreciate the troubleshooting info, but the fact is that this program has been at least partially sherlocked. In Mavericks, you can just go to System Preferences->Keyboard->Text. I understand that this feature is not as versatile as TextExpander, but it is more reliable and and can also work with iOS.
[Version 4.2]


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Pfackelmann reviewed on 03 Dec 2013
Lately (with OS 10.9) it happens frequently:
Instead of a TE snippet I get a piece from the clipboard.

Mails to
support@smilesoftware.com
info@smilesoftware.com
pr@smilesoftware.com

are bounced.
[Version 4.1.1]

1 Reply

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Pfackelmann replied on 08 Dec 2013
Ryan (MacUpdate Support) helped.
He contacted SmileSoftware; they returned:
Try changing the Restore clipboard delay in the TextExpander Preferences.
That solved the problem.
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Harristype commented on 25 Sep 2013
I won't be giving this latest version a star-rating because I won't be updating. The features keep piling on, but with the long increase in my MacBook's startup time being one of the issues with this, and long lag between typing an abbreviation and the actual expansion, I switched back to Typinator. The expansions with Typinator happen instantly.
[Version 4.1.1]


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Satcomer commented on 10 Apr 2013
It seems to load very slowly now during Mac startup! The old version of 3.5 was much better at startup launching.
[Version 4.0.4]


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Jumbobob reviewed on 25 Nov 2012
Good job guys.

Just the price looks to me a little high.

Else I can recommend it.
[Version 4.0.3.1]


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Monkeyjunkey commented on 22 Nov 2012
Version 4.0.3.1 is out.
[Version 4.0.1]

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MacUpdate-Warren replied on 22 Nov 2012
Thanks! Updated.
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4ywmu reviewed on 09 Oct 2012
It's a little on the pricey side, but once you start to make use of it, you will never want to use a computer without it again! So useful, one of the few pieces of software that I absolutely can not live without.
[Version 4.0.1]


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MikeArun commented on 05 Jul 2012
This app makes typing laggy and makes letters jumble. Tried typinator. This is not found in typinator. Go for typinator. Not recommended .
[Version 4.0]

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Sigil replied on 08 Aug 2012
I don't know about Typinator, but I agree that Textpander makes typing laggy. I've upgraded twice, but I won't this time. I'm not a heavy user. That said, I read the release notes. What are the complelling features? I would pay five bucks for a 3.5 that was solely a performance enhancement.
Hoperfully, Apple will add simple snipet expansion like iOS has. until then, I'm going to give DashExpander a try.

(I'm still unhappy about the iOS app.)
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ChristopherPrice commented on 21 Jun 2012
I have no idea if I will use any of the new features, but I am completely comfortable upgrading and paying the reasonable fee to support an indie developer I have come to trust. Regardless of features, I'm confident the value is there -- even if it is only continued polish and refinement. Keep up the good work, Smile!
[Version 4.0]


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Cerniuk had trouble on 25 Jul 2011
Does not work well in Lion. Specifically, any use of "tab" or similar in moving between fields in Safari Version 5.1 (7534.48.3) fails.

for example:

Putting an insertion point into a web page field and initiating this TextExpander expansion:

firsttext%key:tab%secondtext%key:return%

will enter both firsttext and second text into the second safari field
[Version 3.3.0.1]

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Cerniuk replied on 31 Jul 2011
Shot an email to TextExpander / Smile support and on Sunday, received a response. That's awesome (!!!) but hey Smile folks, pls don't get burnt out by working too much!
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Realia had trouble on 17 Jan 2011
I loved Text Expander, until I found out that it simply can't work with Open Office (I wish I'd knew about this BEFORE buying it !... )

Here is the answer from the tech support : "OpenOffice does not refresh the clipboard at the time of paste as a well-behaved Java application should do. Instead, it just copies it in when you switch to OpenOffice and (incorrectly) assumes it never changes. NeoOffice handles the clipboard properly, so you might want to check it out, as it's much better-behaved with respect to TextExpander."

As I don't like the way Neo Office handles the fonts, I've kept Open Office and tried to put it on the "Text Expander's ignore list", but I can't do this either and it won't work because "OpenOffice is Java and it doesn't respond the same as other applications to go on the ignore list. I'm not sure it can be ignored in a Java application. I'll mark this as a bug so it can be investigated." (support)

Again, I whish I knew this before buying it...
[Version 3.2.2]


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Billyok had trouble on 22 Nov 2010
Is there a known reason why this software only works some of the time without reason or pattern? When I type a snippet there's a 1 in 2 shot that TE won't do a thing. Not exactly what I paid for.
[Version 3.2]

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Smile (developer) replied on 23 Feb 2011
There is a known Firefox bug that was just fixed. The nightly Firefox build has the fix, and the fix will be in the next beta version. Details here: http://bit.ly/hDq05H
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Cas had trouble on 11 Mar 2010
Like the software a lot. But: Text Expander 2 stopped working for me intermittently as a result of a conflict with Firefox 3.6. When TE stopped working, the quickest fix was to restart Firefox. I'd hoped that was just a workaround until TE3 came out. Unfortunately, TE3 still has the issue.
[Version 3.0]

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Smile (developer) replied on 23 Feb 2011
The issue is a known Firefox bug and it affects all programs that observe keyboard input. Happily, the bug was just fixed and should be available in the next FF beta. Quitting the browser solves the problem. The workaround is to always use the Submit button when submitting forms; hitting Return triggers the bug. Details here: http://bit.ly/hDq05H
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viskwal had trouble on 16 Jul 2009
Beware with this update.

I installed it this morning, and all of my snippets have vanished.
I'm still waiting for a reply from smileonmymac, but no update should ever loose any data.
[Version 2.6.3]


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Walruscp had trouble on 17 Oct 2008
Really like this app, and I use it daily.

I have had this problem though: I will use a snippet in one form field. Works fine. But then I will try and paste some text in another field right afterward and it will end up pasting the snippet I just used instead of the text I had in the clipboard. I then have to delete the text and then try pasting again, which works the second time.

Other than this bug, this is a terrific app!
[Version 2.4.1]

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garlicbreath commented on 29 Oct 2008
In the prefernces pane, select restore clipboard. That may solve your problem.
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Walruscp replied on 29 Oct 2008
"In the prefernces pane, select restore clipboard. That may solve your problem."

I already have this option selected, but I still have the problem. I think the issue is that I am trying to paste to quickly before TextExpander has a chance to restore the clipboard.
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Tazintosh had trouble on 25 Sep 2008
I think I've tried everything possible, in any ways: I can not get it to sync on MobileMe.
I would like to be able to sync every snippets so I could have the same data, automatically updated beetween my work & my house. It worked one or two times... then never more.
Really anoying...
(I'm on 10.5.5 with the lasted known version of TextExpander).
[Version 2.4.1]


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gcoghill had trouble on 25 Apr 2008
This new version (2.1) is acting all weird on 10.5.2 - keeps "Quitting" even tho prefs panel says it's enabled. And the sync with .Mac is back to having all sorts of problems. Noticing this on the MacBook, haven't yet paid attention to the MacPro.
[Version 2.1]


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Leoncahun had trouble on 09 May 2006
I was wondering: can I make Textpander fix _any_ two initial capitals of _any_ word (like Word does, or at least Word offers this as an option) into, obviously, only the first letter as capital, the second lowercase?

The point is: I dont want to add a _very_ long list of rules for each word I tend to type with two initial capitals (basically: all words of all languages mankind came up with, ever ;), but I want _one_ rule for any such case.
I just cant see any hint in the documentation.
[Version 1.2.2]


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//idn had trouble on 20 Mar 2006
I have the same kind of trouble like John F. below. Every time I start up TextPander (well, it usually stays on all the time), I have trouble with the Command-D shortcut that shows and hides the dock. When I disable TextPander, it works again.

I have already written the developer an email but unfortunately did not get a reply yet.

However, since this is free software (although I donated quite something), I expect the author to have other duties which are more important. But if you could fix this anytime soon it would be great, thanks!
[Version 1.2.2]

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Peter Maurer (developer) replied on 03 May 2006
Most likely, this is an OS X issue. I'm afraid I haven't found a viable work-around yet.
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//idn replied on 03 May 2006
Too bad. But anyhow, Textpander saves my day every day! :)

Briankilp rated on 10 Dec 2013

[Version 4.2]



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s.peter rated on 26 Sep 2013

[Version 4.1.1]



Jannis-Gundermann rated on 20 Sep 2013

[Version 4.0.5]



Kelpie rated on 20 Aug 2013

[Version 4.0.5]



jTux rated on 11 Jul 2013

[Version 4.0.5]



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Joshp rated on 01 Jul 2013

[Version 4.0.4]



Wmumpower rated on 04 Feb 2013

[Version 4.0.4]



Mymonypit rated on 09 Dec 2012

[Version 4.0.3.1]



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Cpoetter rated on 10 Nov 2012

[Version 4.0.1]



cjweb rated on 19 Sep 2012

[Version 4.0.1]


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TextExpander saves your fingers and your keyboard, expanding custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures. Type more with less effort!

Here are a few examples for what you can do with TextExpander:
  • Insert standard greetings, phrases, boilerplate paragraphs, and signatures - including formatted text and pictures.
  • Correct typos automatically
  • Organize snippets into groups
  • Add predefined snippet groups, including HTML, CSS, Autocorrect, Accented Words, and Symbols groups.
  • Shorten long URLs automatically with the Internet Productivity snippet group
  • Insert the current date and time in any format you prefer.
  • Sync snippets via MobileMe


TextExpander is controlled from its own preference pane inside your System Preferences. Designed for easy handling, TextExpander blends in perfectly with your operating system.


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