TextE xpander 5
Cut down on your keystrokes
$44.95 (about £30) Developer SmileOnMyMac, smilesoftware.com
Requires OS X 10.10 or higher TextExpander enables you to define phrase shortcuts that, when typed, it replaces with some other content – that can be a spelling correction, emoji, a multi-line address, a snippet of code, or a combination of text and images. You might set ‘;esig’ to expand to your email signature, or use ‘rrecycle’ to write the Unicode character for the universal recycling symbol.
Advanced snippets include operators and placeholders, so you can use a shortcut to enter today’s date, or boilerplate text with placeholders you quickly complete in a floating window.
The app’s performance proved solid and snappy throughout testing, boosting productivity, which this release aims to boost with suggestions. It monitors your input and notifies when you could have saved time by using a shortcut; it also suggests new snippets. The former is great, but the latter too often recommends very short, commonly-used phrases, which we didn’t find that helpful. Craig Grannell
Still one of the finest productivity aids on the Mac, although the flagship new feature needs some work.