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Smile Software has released TextExpander 5.1.2 with a fix for OS X El Capitan-related crashing on launch and other minor bug fixes and improvements. The update is free for all users running TextExpander 5 or later.

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TextExpander is a popular typing utility for Mac that can expand custom keystroke shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures. The tool can insert text ranging from email signatures to paragraphs, automatically fix typos, autocomplete forms and more.
What's new in 5.1.2:
Addresses El Capitan related crash on launch
Other minor fixes and improvements

What's New in Version 5:
Suggests snippets from phrases you habitually type
Reminds you of missed opportunities to use your abbreviations
Customize snippet file location
Sync via iCloud Drive or any sync folder
Simplified expansion of lengthy fill-ins and scripts
Search and expand snippets, abbreviations, and suggestions inline as you type
Preview expanded snippet
Refreshed statistics display
Supports JavaScript snippets that also operate on iOS
Updated for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite (required)

TextExpander 5 is $44.95 with a free trial available, or $19.95 for users upgrading from a previous version.

Article Link: TextExpander 5 Updated to Fix Crashing on OS X El Capitan and Other Bugs
 

redscull

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I like seeing these just because I keep an informal running total in my head of how often existing applications are broken by new OSX/iOS versions (hint: it's quite often). And it reminds me why I don't immediately (or ever) upgrade Apple's operating systems. Even ignoring the backwards compatibility issues, it's been years since they made a new OS that was hands-down better than what it was replacing.

So anyway, when the frequency of these types of articles dies down is how I know it's a reasonable time to finally upgrade a device/machine.
 

AdeFowler

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I'm not complaining but I would just like to know why this justifies a news story and the other half a dozen apps that I've had updated this week don't.
 

Archipella Studios

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Smile Software has released TextExpander 5.1.2 with a fix for OS X El Capitan-related crashing on launch and other minor bug fixes and improvements. The update is free for all users running TextExpander 5 or later.

TextExpander-5.jpg

TextExpander is a popular typing utility for Mac that can expand custom keystroke shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures. The tool can insert text ranging from email signatures to paragraphs, automatically fix typos, autocomplete forms and more.

TextExpander 5 is $44.95 with a free trial available, or $19.95 for users upgrading from a previous version.

Article Link: TextExpander 5 Updated to Fix Crashing on OS X El Capitan and Other Bugs
 

Archipella Studios

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Though I am content with the basic functionality of this app, a $19.95 update seems really stiff for a $44.95 product and loyal customers. It implies that the company / software has a limited fan base if you get my drift? The incompatibility with El Capitan can be resolved with a service update rather than a mandatory upgrade. I've been getting bombarded with update prompts for version 5 for months now touting features that I don't care about nor utilize. The software has a contained feature set. Not pleased with this situation at all.....
 

simonmet

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No offence to the developer, but doesn't OS X already have most of this functionality in text shortcuts anyway? Try typing "omw" and you'll see what I mean.
 
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Galley

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No offence to the developer, but doesn't OS X already have most of this functionality in text shortcuts anyway? Try typing "omw" and you'll see what I mean.
I had been using a similar text expanding app for years, but it also had ridiculous upgrade fees for minor improvements. I now use OS X's text shortcut feature and it does nearly everything I want.
 

manu chao

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No offence to the developer, but doesn't OS X already have most of this functionality in text shortcuts anyway? Try typing "omw" and you'll see what I mean.
Textexpander has many more options than what OS X alone offers.
  • You can choose between direct expansion or expansion only after typing a delimiter (ie, you could set it to only expand omv after typing, eg, "omv;". Which allows you to type omv without it expanding if you leave off the delimiter.
  • You can require a trigger character that must precede the abbreviation for it to be filled in.
  • You can set certain expansions only to work in one app (or a list of apps) but not in all the other apps. Or you can set it to expand in all apps except a particular one.
  • You add variables to the expansion: you type the abbreviation, a small pop-up window shows with fields to fill in. You could create a form letter where you type the abbreviation, then fill then variables (eg, the name of a person) and it spits out the text with the name filled in multiple locations.
  • Abbreviations can be case sensitive or not.
  • The abbreviations can by synced to other computers and iOS devices (where you must switch to the TextExpander keyboard for them to be active). On iOS devices, typing out things like email addresses repeatedly can be a chore which can be speeded up a lot with this.
  • You can group abbreviations to apply the above settings easily to a group of them at once.
 

jagooch

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I had been using a similar text expanding app for years, but it also had ridiculous upgrade fees for minor improvements. I now use OS X's text shortcut feature and it does nearly everything I want.
Same here. I occasionally use TextExpander for some multi-line text such as Evernote templates or Craigslist advertisements, but Textexpander 4 is good for that. So far.
 
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