For the rest of us, we probably have a limited number of keystrokes before we buy the farm. If you want a faster, easier way to type, and a method that can save your fingers and hands, try DashExpander.
Expand Text As You Type
Imagine the type and effort you could save when typing if your Mac already knew what you wanted to type. You get it started, the Mac finishes the phrase, sentence, or whatever.
That’s what DashExpander does. It takes abbreviations and expands them into words, phrases, sentences, even whole paragraphs of perfectly typed text.
Instead of you whittling away your fingers, and making dust of the joints in your hands and wrists, let DashExpander save you some keystrokes.
All you need to do is create abbreviations with snippets of text that you use regularly. These snippets can be words, phrases, sentences, signatures, any type of boilerplate text that gets used frequently.
As you type, DashExpander watches what you type, and when you hit a specific abbreviation and trigger, it expands the text instantly.
Start using DashExpander by collecting and saving snippets of text that you know you’ll use often.
Each snippet supports placeholders which can also be editing without disrupting your typing.
Abbreviations are expanded wherever you type them. The app resides in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s always a click away.
That’s the good news. Is there bad news?
DashExpander is free. Or, rather, it’s nagware. It’s free to download and use from the Mac App Store but will nag you to purchase the app.
Here’s what’s annoying about this approach. The App Store says DashExpander is free. But to remove the annoying nags, you have to pay (and you can do so within the app).
Nowhere on the app developer’s site is the price tag mentioned (it’s listed in the What’s New section on the Mac App Store). That’s about as close to bait and switch as an app can be.
I don’t have a problem with an app developer charging for software, and DashExpander works well, so it’s worth a few dollars. But why not be upfront about the price tag?