What to do? I tried a few Mac keyboard enhancement tools and settled upon the very inexpensive aText app.
Simply put, aText lets you type faster than you can really type by replacing simple abbreviations with frequently used phrases. For example, type two letters– the abbreviation– and aText will type out a couple of paragraphs of boilerplate text.
See? Faster typing. Less effort. The way it works is quite simple, too. Set up your abbreviations, assign specific text to each abbreviation– a paragraph, a title, address, anything that you type over and over again.
Then, as you type the abbreviation aText will type the entire phrase, sentence, or paragraph, with no mistakes, and faster than you could type it out.
aText doesn’t merely insert phrases, sentences, or paragraphs from abbreviations. It can also drop in snippets of text, the date and time (today, future, or past). If you’re Mac Geeky by nature, aText can also run AppleScripts or even Unix shell scripts as you type.
There are a handful of similar abbreviation apps around, though most are more complex and more expensive. aText will import abbreviations and snippets from those, too, and save everything to iCloud, Dropbox, SkyDrive or Google Drive so you can share them with other Macs.
aText is highly recommended if you’ve hit the type wall but want to be more efficient and type faster.