iPhones and iPads running the latest versions of iOS have this great new type ahead feature. As you type you’re prompted with three complete words above the keyboard; words that match what you just typed.
It takes some getting used to because you have to view the keyboard and the row of pre-typed words above, but the feature in iOS can make you a faster and more accurate typer. Is there anything like that for the Mac? Not quite. But almost. This app lets you type faster than you can type.
Few Keys, Many Words, Faster
Typinator is a popular Mac app which lets you create a whole list of keyboard shortcuts which can speed up your typing. Type an abbreviation and a whole paragraph or sentence can appear; perfectly typed, perfect spelling, too.
Think about that for a moment. Instead of typing out a word, or a sentence, or an entire paragraph that you use frequently, Typinator can type it out for you. Just enter the proper abbreviations. The way Typinator works is both simple and a bit complex.
Create a set of abbreviations (or, more than one set, as you need). Then set up an abbreviation; a keyboard shortcut. Then add whatever text that you want Typinator to type when you enter the keyboard shortcut in your document.
That’s really it and it works great. Typinator can do much more, though, and the complexity of setting up the text to drop into a document is the only complexity, but the options run aplenty.
Beyond the basics of abbreviations, Typinator can truly improve document workflow with email templates, code snippets, URLs, boilerplate text, even nested abbreviations. There are options to assign replacement text and photos to an abbreviation.
The benefit here should be obvious. By setting up text ahead of time you improve typing speed and accuracy. Typinator comes with pre-defined sets for autocorrection, various languages, auto-capitalize of sentences, and hundreds of abbreviations to get started. Even sync your abbreviations between Macs using Dropbox.
Plus, Typinator is try-before-you-buy so you can take it for a spin in the parking lot and down the road to see how it can improve your typing and accuracy without coughing up hard earned change first. This is one of those rare Mac apps which has an honest to goodness ROI– return on investment. If time is money, typing faster and more accurately pays for itself quickly.