aText
aText 2.8.2
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Automatically replaces abbreviations with frequently used phrases.   Demo ($5.00)
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aText accelerates your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define: for example, make an abbreviation "myname" to insert your name "First Middle Last" in any application.

With aText you can easily avoid typing the same thing over and over.

More Features
  • Insert images and formatted text.
  • Capitalize new sentences. Correct double capitals.
  • Insert the current date and time in any format. Insert day in the future or the past, for example: next Sunday, previous Monday.
  • Embed clipboard
What's New
Version 2.8.2:
  • Export to RTF document for printing.
  • Language option for Date and Time variables.
  • Fixed bug setting delay of Key on computers with certain locales.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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ver. 2.x:
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Jimw commented on 04 Jan 2014
For those of you who are frustrated with the loss of Pages features and fed up with MS Office, including its cost, may I suggest LibreOffice, an open source (donation supported), cross platform. full featured replacement for Office that includes a drawing module and database. It also has aText features and more under the heading of 'Autocorrect' (under 'Format') in its word processor.
[Version 2.6.5]


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David Coffin reviewed on 22 Nov 2013
I've been a mostly happy camper with TypeIt4me, ofr overlapr a decade, buttonholer this is so cheap and apparently slick, I'm giving the demo a go. BIG PROBLEM: Note the weird misspellings here, above and below? There seems to be no need ofr or way to specify what will trigger an expansion, meaning that they happen instantly, even mid-word! So, when I try to type "FOR" lower-case, I get "ofr", because it auto-corrects "FO" to "OF" before I can even get to the "R" in "FOR". Yikes! I've imported all my old abbreviations and activated the auto-correct libraries, but to type this I've had to turn aText off. Obviously this is not the intended behavior (IS it?!?!), but it's not at all obvious how to fix it...and there's no Help file or manual. I've written to the developer, and posted to his FB page and will give him 24 hours, but so far this seems broken! Will happily update my ratings if I get some help and a fix!

UPDATE: So I figured out how to get the behavior i want, and have gotten replies from the developer on this and other questions within a couple of days each time, and I'm basically loving the app, bidding TypeIt4Me farewell after many happy years, and OK with changing a pref or two in Voila that were conflicting, so thanks to help from Ryan at MacUpdate, I'm changing this review rating to a 5. There SHOULD be better documentation and maybe a help file, but for the price and with a helpful developer, this is a great app, more than worthy to replace and even improve on any of the older, much costlier text expansion solutions I've looked at.
[Version 2.6.3]

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David Coffin replied on 22 Nov 2013
OK, I finally discovered the settings for expansion, whew! You just click on the Group name in the abbreviations list, and there they are. "Immediately" is the setting I described above, and it's apparently the default when importing; at least that's how my TypeIt list came in...
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taja replied on 27 Nov 2013
I came from TypeIt4Me, which I was finding increasingly buggy in Mountain Lion, and even more so in Mavericks, with the dev being v. slow to even reply to my requests. After adjusting to some of its foibles, I think aText is far better. The way groups and triggers can be set up is much more flexible and transparent. Though you're right in saying there should be some kind of walkthrough for new users. In that respect TypeIt4Me had excellent documentation.
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Mmueck replied on 04 Jan 2014
Bummer you can't fix that one star rating (or can you?) - atext is definitely NOT worth that. I've found it to be the most robust of all the text expander programs out there.
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David Coffin replied on 04 Jan 2014
I'd LOVE to be able to upgrade my rating for aText, since I've been using it happily ever since first posting. But for the lack of a Help file, it's a 5-star winner, and I'll change it if I ever figure out how, or if...
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Max_G commented on 26 Jul 2013
What is this new security-setting? The icon in the menubar gets a yellow extra symbol. Cannot find it in the prefs
[Version 2.5]

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Mikokim replied on 16 Oct 2013
Do you happen to have 1Password installed? I noticed this "alert" icon comes on each time I open 1Password (before I type in my password). Haven't noticed any conflicts yet, though. That reminds me... I meant to write both devs about this.
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Max_G replied on 17 Oct 2013
@ Mikokim ; No. But aText indeed gets a yellow icon when you enter a field that requires a password, preventing using a shortcut (or snippet).
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Mikokim replied on 17 Oct 2013
Actually that makes sense: prevents any preset autocorrect rules from kicking in.
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Mmueck reviewed on 18 Jun 2013
I've been beta-testing this for quite a while now and the developer has been very good about listening to suggestions and implementing them. I've moved across from my previous text expansion program of choice (Spell Catcher X) to aText and haven't looked back. I've also tried TextExpander, Typinator and TypeIt4Me and those all buckled under the load of a big enough library of abbreviations by randomly mangling expansions and forcing me to spend around as much time as they saved me in editing all the bad expansions. aText is still a work in progress, but I have no doubt it's well on the way to the top of the heap. It's also great value for money!
[Version 2.3]


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Max_G commented on 18 Jun 2013
"Ability to expand snippet's content in Title Case."
Exactly what I was waiting for. Great work, thanks!
[Version 2.3]


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Tran-Ky-Nam commented on 17 Jun 2013
If the trial version 2.3 does not work for you, please re-download it. I'm sorry for this inconvenient.
[Version 2.3]


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Islandmike commented on 09 Jun 2013
Folks that did or are still trying to use Automaton and auto typer (it still works as of 10.8.4 but it is losing some access in panes and some things are not working as well as we progress up the OSX update hierarchy). You can import DIRECTLY with aText the Typer.autotyper file from user/library/application support/automaton/ folder.
aText imports the macro or snippet formatting, the label, the abbreviation and is much better than exporting the CSV file from Automaton/AutoTyper and then importing into aText.
[Version 2.2.0]


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Dan-D. reviewed on 24 Apr 2013
Great piece of software – great developer!

The program is stable, easy to use/configure, lightweight and quick. (I used Typinator for years and swiched to aText)

The developer is very active, motivated, friendly and replied to my emails in minutes!!! Every question I had was answered quickly and feature requests were implemented if possible.

I can absolutely recommend this software.
[Version 2.1]

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Ptk3 replied on 17 Nov 2013
The question is: why do you switch from Typinator? Does the soft miss some features you need. I ask myself the question (and as I don't miss features from Typinator, the answer is no). The only feature I'd like to have from these features, is a way to import their database to an iOS device and better, into the iOS text-expanding feature.
The price policy of this soft is good, and if I have to make my choice now I would consider it, but why should I have to pay for something I already have?
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DennisKeefe2561 reviewed on 29 Mar 2013
This is my second comment. Who is this developer? He comes out of nowhere with this really good text-expander tool that really works -- at an incredible price-point. I make a request for auto capitalization, and a week later, it shows up. Wow.

So far, I haven't had a glitch with any application. Just got 2.0, and it seems to be even smoother.

Please keep up this great tool!
[Version 2.0]


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DennisKeefe2561 reviewed on 25 Mar 2013
I've used 'em all, and, so far, I think that if you combine ease-of-use, speed, and value, aText rises to the top!
[Version 1.9.2]


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Istra had trouble on 08 Dec 2013
Purchased aText via AppStore, alas on my macbook.
On my main computer I'm forced to use a trial version...

2.6.4 "allows" transfer of the license but somehow it doesn't work for me.
I've copied the app to my main computer via a USB stick. As far as I know the receipt resides where it should be.

The strange thing is that yesterday this trial version was updated through the AppStore for the first time, while it has been greyed out until now.

What am I supposed to do? Any help is welcome.
[Version 2.6.4]


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Wchiseler had trouble on 26 Oct 2013
Demo not listed in Mavericks Privacy Accessibility options so cannot run it.
[Version 2.6]

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Wchiseler replied on 26 Oct 2013
Solved by dragging atext icon from Applications folder in Finder.
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Istra had trouble on 19 Sep 2013
Purchased aText (MAS) but can't install it on my work computer. Is the license only for one machine?
[Version 2.5.1]


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Zphelj had trouble on 05 Mar 2013
Sadly this doesn't work with a Windows 7 VM under Parallels 8. Developer validated and there currently is no workaround.

Otherwise I found the product worked well.
[Version 1.9.1]



Sigsgaard rated on 15 Feb 2014

[Version 2.6.5]



+8

Rasputinsrevengereloadet rated on 18 Dec 2013

[Version 2.6.4]



+1

Tomeko rated on 20 Nov 2013

[Version 2.6.3]



mwang rated on 11 Nov 2013

[Version 2.6.1]



+78

taja rated on 12 Jul 2013

[Version 2.4]



Liewzy rated on 01 May 2013

[Version 2.1]



+65

James-D rated on 06 Apr 2013

[Version 2.0.1]



Sergiogau rated on 29 Mar 2013

[Version 2.0]



+65

James-D rated on 17 Feb 2013

[Version 1.9.0]



+1

Chetgw rated on 19 Aug 2012

[Version 1.8]


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Version Downloads:256
Type:Productivity
License:Demo
Date:19 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $5.00
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aText accelerates your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define: for example, make an abbreviation "myname" to insert your name "First Middle Last" in any application.

With aText you can easily avoid typing the same thing over and over.

More Features
  • Insert images and formatted text.
  • Capitalize new sentences. Correct double capitals.
  • Insert the current date and time in any format. Insert day in the future or the past, for example: next Sunday, previous Monday.
  • Embed clipboard content in snippet, embed another snippet, use editable fields in snippet, send any key (such as Esc, Tab, Enter, arrow keys, etc).
  • Reposition the cursor in the expanded snippet.
  • Invoke AppleScripts and shell scripts.
  • Built-in snippet groups for correcting misspelled words, HTML, and JavaScript code.
  • Import data from TextExpander, TypeIt4Me, SpellCatcherX, Automaton, CSV file.
  • Works in Windows virtual machine by Parallels, VMWare Fusion (in Unity mode), VirtualBox. Works in Windows via TeamViewer and Remote Desktop Connection clients.
  • Sync via iCloud/Dropbox/Google Drive/SkyDrive.


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