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annahavron
annahavron

Hey, micro.bloggers who use TextExpander, I’m starting a trial of this service.

What is one thing you use it for, that makes you feel like a subscription is worth it?

jemostrom
jemostrom

@annahavron My opinon, if you're going to use one machine (I'm not counting mobile devices) only I think there are better alternatives. I don't know anything about Windows but on macOS I would suggest Typinator.

If you have multiple devices and they are a mix of Windows/macOS I guess that TextExpander is a good alternative. If you have only macOS I would try out Typinator and try to set up the syncing, if it works then I would go with Typinator.

I'm using TextExpander (multiple macOS + multiple AppleID + some other stuff) and it works, the current version is better than the previous but I still prefer Typinator.

jemostrom
jemostrom

@annahavron And yes, if you want to sync with mobile devices that it's TextExpander

annahavron
annahavron

@jemostrom thanks for your insights! Using Android phone plus Windows device.

jemostrom
jemostrom

@annahavron Then I leave it to some Android/Windows user to give you some advice ... but I think in general you can get better worth of your money with some other app unless you have some special requirements.

geniusandsoul
geniusandsoul

@annahavron I’ve been using TextExpander for years and I can’t imagine life without it. Here are only some of the things it does for me:

  • Autocorrects typos I make daily
  • Automates long chunks of html I use routinely
  • Inquiries and response copy for emails
  • Generating lorem ipsum for design projects
  • Time stamps and date stamps for notes
  • Auto completion of long words or phrases I commonly use
  • Template for my song of the day posts
  • Auto completion for specific addresses and phone numbers
  • Emojis I use on occasion but can’t be bothered searching for
  • Google searches for people on Twitter
  • Generating frequently used hashtags
  • Generating various signatures for emails

I hope that provides some inspiration.

Miraz
Miraz

@annahavron You want me to pick just one thing? Impossible! OK then: my email address and contact details. (So, that's two, but it's a bit like asking which one is your favourite in a huge bowl of strawberries…)

jemostrom
jemostrom

@annahavron I should perhaps mention what I use it for: date, email addresses, my name, prerequisites for courses at work, some standard templates for various documents

jean
jean

@annahavron I particularly love expansions that use the clipboard contents or reposition the cursor. (Disclosure: I worked at Smile for 10 years.)

Paging @macgreg who might have something to contribute…

annahavron
annahavron

@jemostrom I'm starting to wonder how I got anything done without a service like this....

annahavron
annahavron

@Miraz right now I'm thinking of how many times I write (and mistype, and correct) a work-related signature phrase...

annahavron
annahavron

@geniusandsoul very inspiring!! thank you

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annahavron
annahavron

@jean that sounds very useful as well! thank you!

jemostrom
jemostrom

@annahavron to be honest, it all depends on what you're doing. As a teacher I didn't use it much (almost everything was unique), when I became the director of studies my use increased many hundreds % (a lot of repetitive stuff)

Miraz
Miraz

@annahavron Such things are a perfect use case!

jean
jean

@annahavron Public snippet groups might give you some ideas, including my own contribution, Accented Words. Helpful if you have to type crème brûlée or smörgåsbord frequently.

annahavron
annahavron

@jean I added that, in hopes that I would have to type those words frequently! Especially those particular two.

macgreg
macgreg

@annahavron Sorry to be a bit late. I was off yesterday. I created the Brand Names public group because I can never remember when a name is camel-cased or not. That public group lets me not worry about it. I also use @jean’s Accented Words group.