TypeIt4Me is 30 and version 6.3 is out now. Celebrate with a 30% off sale.

Season’s greetings! Good tidings we bring, to you and typing. We know you probably have a NYE Zoom party to log on to, but this will only take a minute. As we all prepare to put this torturously long year behind us and usher in 2021, we’re pleased to announce that a new TypeIt4Me version is available to download. Version 6.3 adds a handful of new features, fixes some bugs and has had a subtle makeover to match the new macOS 11 Big Sur aesthetic. It’s also a universal app that will run natively on both Intel Macs and the new M1 Apple silicon machines. Rosetta, begone! You can download TypeIt4Me 6.3 here.

TypeIt4Me 6.3 in action

Oh and one more thing.

Today is officially TypeIt4Me’s 30th birthday. At least, we’re fairly sure it is. We have a fuzzy memory of handing a 3.5” floppy disk containing the first official retail copy of TypeIt4Me 1.0 to a beaming, tank-topped machine code enthusiast at Riccardo’s amateur computer club in Brussels on New Year’s Eve, 1990. Pierre, if you’re out there, drop us a line!

Anyway, we won’t rehash the sentimental guff we came out with for TypeIt4Me’s quarter century milestone a while back. That said, it is remarkable that TypeIt4Me was originally conceived shortly before the Berlin Wall came down. 30 years later our little text expander that could has now endured for longer than the Iron Curtain divided East and West. Makes you think.

To celebrate TypeIt4Me’s 30th, we’re having a sale until January 30th. For 30 days, you can get 30% off TypeIt4Me user licences purchased from our site by entering the promotional code 30YEARS during checkout. Yay!

That’s all for now. Thanks once again for all your support, encouragement and constructive feedback over the decades. Here’s hoping 2021 proves to be a better year for everyone. Some of us will just be happy if we can still get hold of fresh fruit and vegetables – ideally without having to bribe a customs official to look the other way while we break into an impounded lorry in a Kent car park. That may sound like a low bar to clear, and yet

Word nerds, rejoice! Clambers has landed.

Hello again, friends. There’s a global disaster unfolding but the good news is we’re still here and we have something new to share with you. While Riccardo and I have been cooped up in our respective lockdown boltholes navigating the challenges of remote collaboration, we’ve somehow managed to cobble together a free-to-play word puzzle game for your entertainment – and it even works.

Clambers is a minimalist brain-teaser for iPhone and iPad in which the aim is to decipher scrambled words in the shortest possible time. You can play solo at your own pace for meditative purposes or compete with Game Centre friends and random opponents in quick-fire, turn-based contests. And that’s pretty much it.

2020, though, right? Yeah. Whatever interdimensional Lovecraftian chaos monster has been toying with us all for the past few years is laying it on a bit thick now. A significant part of the struggle to maintain good mental health in an intense weirdocalypse is not knowing what to do with oneself during prolonged periods of enforced downtime in isolation. If sometimes it all gets a bit too much to handle and you’re bouncing off the walls, an occasional distraction to occupy the mind and keep it narrowly focused on a simple task may be just the ticket. We think our latest offering could help calm those of you searching for a temporary reprieve from doomscrolling, even if only for a little while.

Maybe cabin fever is flooding your cerebral cortex with intrusive fight-or-flight impulses. Maybe you’ve run out of Friends episodes to rewatch. Maybe you’re standing, masked-up, in a winding queue a quarter of a mile long to get into a supermarket so you can stock up on rice and TP. We’ve found that Clambers can come to the rescue in such desperate scenarios. Dip into it when you need something – anything – to stave off boredom, take your mind off your worries or satisfy a craving for a quick win. The serotonin hit and quiet sense of achievement to be enjoyed from rearranging ODRMESFE into FREEDOMS one letter at a time, 4 seconds faster than xXM3gam0ose99Xx managed to do it may surprise you. Also, if you’re anything like us, you’ll find that methodically dragging jumbled tiles to spell out words in a low-pressure competition with yourself can have an oddly soothing, therapeutic effect.

Clambers is absolutely free to download and play and there are no advertisements. We do live in a relentless, ultra-capitalist hellscape though, and we’ve got to eat. Hopefully, you won’t mind that we’ve included a few optional in-app purchases like hints, extra languages and unlockable levels for anyone who wants to kick things up a notch. Why not dive in and give it your best shot – we hope to bump into you in the leaderboards.  

Keep well and stay safe out there!

Meet sonorOS, the app for assigning custom system sounds.

O hai! You may have wondered just what we’ve been up to for the past few months. Well, we’re back and we have news. In between stockpiling barrels of dried pasta and sitting incredulously in front of the telly watching the BBC Parliament channel we’ve been busy tinkering with a new software title. As we brace for the fast approaching dawn of a brave new era that will definitely not be like Mad Max, it brings us great relief to be able to unveil our latest offering for Mac users: sonorOS. 

sonorOS screenshot

So what does it do? sonorOS is an app for customising the sounds your Mac makes when you interact with the operating system. You can load up your own sound files to play when various common macOS events occur. If you want a special warning alarm to sound when your MacBook’s battery level drops below 10%, sonorOS can do that for you. If you’d like your Mac to chime on the hour, sonorOS will happily oblige – just feed it your favourite cuckoo clock MP3 files and you’re all set. The 36 available events range from pressing CAPSLOCK to clicking the mouse, to dragging windows, to opening menus and launching apps. You can even simulate the experience of your Mac chatting to you out of boredom like a sassy HAL 9000: simply drag a folder full of pithy soundbites and pre-recorded bons mots onto the “Your Mac is idle” event and your computer will blurt out a random zinger every few minutes when not much is happening. Alternatively, if that’s a little OTT for you, you could just opt for the sound of crickets chirping. Or stick with silence. It’s entirely up to you.

…Hold on a minute, though. This all sounds strangely familiar, doesn’t it? It’s OK, you’re not experiencing a bout of déjà vu. You know how Doctor Who’s beloved immortal Time Lord sometimes regenerates at the end of a series, transforming into someone with the same memories, a different regional accent and a fresh face, ready for the next cycle of adventures? It’s a similar story here. Building on foundations first laid down way back in 1987 with the creation of iBeep2, sonorOS is effectively a reincarnation of our vintage Sounds4Fun app. That title was previously available for older, 32-bit systems but support for it eventually fell away as newer OS X iterations evolved and Apple upgraded the hardware to run them. Many of you have been sending us impassioned pleas for a renovated update, so we have at last heeded the call and sonorOS is our answer. 

While it’s not a like-for-like replacement of Sounds4Fun, sonorOS shares the same DNA and offers broadly similar functionality, albeit pared down and streamlined for the security-first Tim Cook age. sonorOS is a fully sandboxed, 64-bit app for macOS Mojave 10.14 and up: you can use it safely in the knowledge that it will never develop a mind of its own and take over your computer to wreak havoc. Of course, that does also mean that some of the old Sounds4Fun events – like typing – are not available in sonorOS. To make up for it we’ve added some new ones, slashed the price in half and given the app a slick chassis that supports Mojave’s Dark Mode. Can’t say fairer than that, can we? sonorOS is available now for just USD $7.99. The full list of all 36 system events it supports can be found on the product page. Have at it and let us know what you think.

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