Here’s an easier way to get an increase in typing speed and accuracy without having to resort to a night class or a typing tutor. Automate what you type. Yes, there’s a way.
Faster Typing With aText
As a teacher, one of the things I noticed early on is that we use many of the same phrases, bullet points, boiler plate paragraphs over and over.
Repetition helps to make us better and faster types, but aText is a Mac utility that does it with built-in automation.
In short, aText is a typing accelerator which uses abbreviations which you setup and control.
Assign an abbreviation to a phrase, sentence, commonly used word, even an entire paragraph, and when you type that abbreviation, aText types the entire phrase instantly.
Think about the power that provides. Type in a keyword abbreviation, and aText automatically types what you assigned to the abbreviation.
Setting up aText is simple enough, but the collection of abbreviations and assignments can grow quickly.
As if that isn’t enough, aText has a few other power user features. It can automatically capitalize new sentences, correct double capitals, drop images and formatted text into a document with just an abbreviation.
Type in next Sunday and aText types out the appropriate day and date. It even corrects spelling errors. And, if you have both a desktop Mac and a MacBook, aText can sync the library of abbreviations using iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft’s SkyDrive.
I don’t know of an easier way to increase both typing speed and accuracy on your Mac. aText is well done an highly useful as well as being mostly user friendly. The most difficult aspect is setting up the abbreviation library, and then remembering the abbreviations as you type.