There’s a certain tedium to typing. Whether it’s email, or a document, or a report, we often spend a chunk of our typing time typing the same thing over and over.
Addresses, phone numbers, URLs, introductory paragraphs, signatures, and more. Right smack in the middle of the enlightened computer age, we type the same things again and again.
Enough already. Download RapidoWrite, double-click to install, and prepare to become efficient, but in a new age text messaging sorta way. Text messaging? Yeah, that’s what I thought of RapidoWrite.
It’s really just a way to create abbreviations which, when keyed, become full size words or phrases or sentences or even paragraphs. RapidoWrite is really an abbreviations editor.
You create the abbreviations. It enters them into your text when you type the right keys.
Start by creating your own categories. Email is a good start, but add as many as you wish. Then create abbreviations for the category, for example, signature or greeting, or a standard boilerplate phrase.
As you type, enter an abbreviation. RapidoWrite pops up a little charcoal window with the appropriate phrase or sentence or line and inserts it into the text. It’s that easy.
You control the abbreviations and the inserted text.
Guess what? The text your create can also be formatted, similar to what you would do to format text in Apple’s own TextEdit. Format fonts, add color, align left or right or center.
RapidoWrite isn’t big on features or preferences. You can set the Hotkey to invoke the RapidoWrite editor, but that’s about it. All you’re trying to do is to save a little time while typing the same thing over and over.
Why is that important? Tedium is not a good thing. Accuracy is a good thing. If you have certain text that gets typed again and again, or is usually a snippet which you cut and paste into a document, use the abbreviation method instead.
RapidoWrite is free and handy.