TextExpander touch jumps to the iPad

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SmileOnMyMac announced on Tuesday that TextExpander touch, the iOS version of its popular Mac OS X typing utility is now a universal app optimized for the iPad, in addition to the iPhone and iPod touch.

TextExpander aims to lighten your typing burden by letting you create small textual snippets that you can use as shortcuts for longer strings of text. For example, you could create a snippet so that “lfgreat” expanded to “Lex Friedman just wrote another great story on Macworld.com.”

While the Mac OS X version of TextExpander is always running and thus able to work in virtually every app, the iOS version can’t work quite the same way. But beyond composing your text within the TextExpander touch app, you can also use your custom shortcuts in plenty of other apps that offer TextExpander support built-in—including Twitter (née Tweetie), Todo, and WriteRoom.

The newly-universal version of the app is a free upgrade if you already own TextExpander touch for the iPhone, and remains $5 for new buyers. The iPad version of the app aims to make creating and editing your snippets easier, thanks to the device’s bigger screen.

TextExpander touch requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

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