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dsmccormick 2010-09-16 05:43 AM

Can OF 1.8 use Mac text substitution?
 
I hate having to type long or common text snippets. I have started using the Mac universal text substitution feature, but I can't get it to work in OF 1.8. Does it work? Is there a switch to make this work?

Thanks, David

RobTrew 2010-09-17 12:45 AM

The relevant section of the Mac help file (setting text preferences) does refer to 'text substitution', but suggests that this is a feature of a particular subset of Apple's own applications.

(I'm afraid that the only reference which I could see to '[I]universal[/I] text substitution' in the pages currently indexed by Google turned out to be your post :-)

The only third-party text expander which I have personally used with OF is [URL="http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/"]TextExpander[/URL], which seems to be working fine.

It might also be worth looking at [URL="http://www.macworld.com/article/142708/2009/09/slsubstitutions.html"]this article[/URL].

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RiK 2010-09-20 01:26 PM

[QUOTE=RobTrew;85763]The only third-party text expander which I have personally used with OF is [URL="http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/"]TextExpander[/URL], which seems to be working fine.[/QUOTE]

I'm a big fan of TextExpander too. I've got loads of macros set up for all sorts of things, it's well worth the asking price.

JKT 2010-09-21 01:36 AM

Another that works is the venerable [URL="http://www.ettoresoftware.com/products/typeit4me/"]TypeIt4Me[/URL] which was one of the first ever system-wide text expanders on any platform.

Personally, I found TypeIt4Me to be much more reliable and easier to use when I last trialled TextExpander many moons ago, but TextExpander does have one feature now that TypeIt4Me lacks and that is synching across devices (fwiw, the iPhone version of TE also appears to have better support in other iPhone apps).

P.S. I have been using TypeIt4Me since Mac OS 7.5 so that is possibly why I find it easier.


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