How to import TextExpander snippets into TypeIt4Me

Today there have been a few people asking us how to port their snippets from TextExpander to TypeIt4Me. For the benefit of any of you who may be flirting with the idea of switching, here’s a quick primer explaining how to go about opening your TextExpander snippets in TypeIt4Me.

  1. Open TextExpander and ctrl-click on a group of snippets.
  2. Select the Save a Copy of Group “[name]” option, saving the copy to your desktop.

    Save a Copy of your TextExpander group to the desktop

  3. Go to TypeIt4Me and click File > Open (or type cmd-o) to bring up an Open dialog. Navigate to the file you just saved to your desktop, select it and click Open. A Save As dialog will come up. Select the desktop as the target location and click the Save button. This will create a new TypeIt4Me snippets set on your desktop with the same name as your exported TextExpander file but with the extension .typeit4me.
  4. Double click on the new file. An alert will pop up informing you that it will be automatically moved to Application Support/TypeIt4Me/Sets.

    TypeIt4Me will display this alert. Click OK to import your snippets.

    Click Ok. Your snippets will be imported into TypeIt4Me and the set will appear in the Sets on this Mac pane.

    Successfully imported TextExpander snippets in TypeIt4Me

  5. Repeat the process for the rest of your TextExpander snippet groups until you’re done*.

 

*Please note that TextExpander Fill-in Field snippets work differently than their TypeIt4Me equivalent, Autocue placeholders. The import process will not automatically convert them; you will need to manually adapt any Fill-in Field snippets to use TypeIt4Me syntax or they won’t work when you type them. The TypeIt4Me user guide explains how to create autocue placeholder snippets.

Celebrate 25 years of TypeIt4Me. Get 75% off version 5.5 – released today.

We realise you guys may not be able to hear us over the sound of fireworks and champagne corks popping, but there’s news to report. As we raise a glass to toast the incoming year, we’re pleased to announce the release of TypeIt4Me version 5.5. This update brings some much requested new features, including [relatively] hassle-free syncing of snippets via Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Google Drive and shared network folders. We’ve also taken the opportunity to rewrite parts of the code in Swift for improved performance and have given the app a long overdue facelift, bringing it into line aesthetically with its iOS companion app.

Oh and one more thing. Today we celebrate 25 years of our text expander app TypeIt4Me on the Mac platform. The culmination of many months of prototype alpha builds and oh-so-patient beta testing by family and friends, version 1.0 was officially released for System 6 on New Year’s Eve 1990. To mark this major milestone, we are slashing 75% off the regular $19.99 retail price. For a limited time, TypeIt4Me is available for purchase at the special discounted price of just $4.99.

It warms our hearts to reflect on the fact that our software has now been saving people keystrokes for a quarter of a century. When work began on the first alpha build of TypeIt4Me in 1989, the world was a very different place. Shoulder pads, big hair and big glasses were rife. Back to the Future II was yet to hit cinemas. Woody and Kelly were dating on Cheers. Reagan had just vacated the White House, Gorbachev still presided over the Soviet Union and Hasselhoff was yet to dismantle the Berlin Wall. Many of future history’s most important movers and shakers were not in a position of strength, for that matter: Steve Jobs had been exiled from Apple, while Mark Zuckerberg was on his way to kindergarten and kids were likely throwing spitballs at Larry Page in Junior High. As for the internet, it didn’t even exist as we know it today. With no App Store or websites, Mac developers had to advertise in magazines and distribute software on physical media, dispatching 3.5″ floppy discs to customers by post.

Things have come a long way since, then, haven’t they?

The enthusiastic support and encouragement we’ve received from the Mac community throughout TypeIt4Me’s long-running development is very touching. We’re beyond grateful to everyone who’s helped and sustained us with positive feedback over the years. Thank you, guys. Thank you very much. Here’s to a prosperous 2016 for you and yours!

Riccardo & Guy

TypeIt4Me in the dock

TypeIt4Me 5.4.0 and 5.4.0i released today.

Happy Friday, one and all.

We hope your 2015 got off to a flying start and that the new year will continue to be a healthy, prosperous one for you and yours. We’ve good tidings to impart: as some of our hawk-eyed customers have already noticed, there is a Mac TypeIt4Me update afoot. Today we mark the release of TypeIt4Me 5.4.0 and 5.4.0i (Mac App Store version) into the wild.

This is a minor update for the time being to prepare the ground for a more substantial revamp we plan to release later this year in celebration of a major milestone in TypeIt4Me’s long-running development. It addresses some bugs and should stabilise performance. More importantly, it smoothes over a few wrinkles you may have encountered with regard to activating accessibility in the Security & Privacy system preferences after upgrading to Mavericks and / or Yosemite.

We have taken the opportunity to clear up some potential confusion by applying the same version number to both the shareware app available directly from us and its Mac App Store sibling. As before, both versions offer exactly the same feature set, with the sole exception being that the Mac App Store incarnation (as denoted by the appended ‘i’) also supports iCloud syncing of snippets across devices. We would of course love to be able to offer this in both versions, but iCloud support is only possible in apps sold on the Mac App Store, as per Apple’s policy.

That’s it for now, but do keep an eye out for further news from us in the near future; we’re cooking up some nice goodies we hope you’ll like. Thanks for your time :)

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