Personal computers, the Mac included, only do what they’re programmed to do, and that probably doesn’t include mind reading. For those Mac users who, like me, slave over a hot keyboard most of the day, we’ll try anything that will make our work more efficient and productive, and reduce the physical strain of banging the keys with fingers.
Here are two Mac apps which do kinda sort the same thing. They help your fingers live longer and let you type faster than you can actually type.
Think superhero version of keyboard shortcuts. That’s TextExpander and Typinator. Both apps will type whole paragraphs, enter signatures, drop in pre-coded code, insert images and almost anything– all spelled correctly– with a few keystrokes. Both apps are powerful and long on features.
Typinator is the more straightforward of the two, making it easy to assign pre formatted text to a keyboard shortcut or abbreviation hotkeys.
Typinator is fast, inserts photos, autocorrects typos, and even syncs up snippets and shortcuts to other Macs via Dropbox.
TextExpander works much the same way using snippets of text and keyboard shortcuts. It fixes typos, too, fills informs, and is perfect for dropping in pre-formatted text, boilerplate copy, signatures, even programming code.
Of the two, TextExpander probably works better for Mac power users, while Typinator is a bit easier to setup and get running in minutes. Either will improve your typing speed and accuracy, and perhaps add a few years to the use of your fingers.