Typinator update adds text snippet searching feature

Text expanding utilities such as Ergonis Software’s Typinator look to save you time by letting you type abbreviations that expand into your e-mail signature, the date, and other frequently typed text snippets. But what if you’ve created so many abbreviations, you can’t remember which one triggers which snippet of text?

That’s the problem Ergonis looks to solve with the latest version of Typinator, which introduces a new search capability. Touted by Ergonis as “Spotlight for text snippets,” the new QuickSearch feature in Typinator 4 lets users pull up a list of relevant snippets.

Typinator 4’s QuickSearch feature
Here’s how the QuickSearch feature works. Typinator 4 users can define a hot key for bringing up a search field. Once they enter a search string in that field, the utility produces a list of matches—users pick the snippet they want and it appears in the document they’re working in. The QuickSearch feature also lets users quickly open and edit existing snippets.

That’s not the only feature added to Typinator 4. The new version of the utility also introduces an option for globally enabling and disabling individual sets. Ergonis also promises further speed improvements as well as increased compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 and individual applications including Mellel and Nisus Writer Pro. In addition, Typinator 4 promises smoother synchronization with the Dropbox and MobileMe online storage services.

Typinator 4 runs on OS X 10.4 or later, though Ergonis recommends Snow Leopard for this version. The update is free to anyone who bought Typinator in the last two years. A single license costs €20, while a family pack allowing you to install the software on up to five computers goes for €30.

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At a Glance
  • A solid text expander with some features its competitors don't have--and lacking some they do. Read the full review

    Pros

    • Spotlight-like snippet search
    • Includes dictionaries for HTML, FileMaker Pro, and additional languages
    • Can control trigger-keys and sound effects on a per-set basis

    Cons

    • Short fixed-height abbreviations window
    • Dates must be built one piece at a time
    • Special characters not allowed in expansions
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