My typing speed and accuracy has increased over the years, but thanks to some shrewd app developers, there are ways to type faster than you can really type. Think shortcuts. Think keyboard shortcuts. Think abbreviations. And, above all, think of Rocket Typist.
A number of factors play into how fast we type. Experience. Training. Tools. And, importantly, what we type. For most of us, we type much as we always have, but thanks to copy and paste, auto-correct, and the delete key, we may do better than we did back in the day.
Rocket Typist is a Mac utility which gives us a relatively simple way to increase both typing speed and accuracy. How? First, create a list of frequently used phrases that you use when typing.
Once you have a few phrases all you need to do is invoke the appropriate abbreviation and your Mac– thanks to Rocket Typist– types it for you. What else can you do?
- Commonly repeated phrases such as “How are you?”
- Signatures with or without images
- Current date and time
- Names, addresses and other contact details
- Hard to remember technical terms
- Support replies to your customers
- Code snippets for developers
The list goes on. And so will your list. Start with a few basics– addresses are good. Code and text snippets. Time and date stamps. Boiler plate phrases you use over and over.
With Rocket Typist each abbreviation instantly expands into the snippet you want, and only where you want it to go. And, if you created the snippet of text with accurate and correct spelling, your spelling improves with your typing speed.
The app lets you use Macros to make snippets stick together and be more dynamic. It also handles Rich Text Format (RTF), and snippets are available in the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. You can easily import an export snippets, too.
Here’s the good part. Rocket Typist is priced far less than similar abbreviation apps on the Mac. Far less. Like no-brainer far less.
Here’s the better part. The basics in Rocket Typist are free. The price tag only applies to extra features.
Any caveats? Yes.
Rocket Typist could use more macro options, a longer list of example snippets to help yo get started, and a way to keep the snippets in iCloud or Dropbox so they can sync between Macs. So far, there’s no iOS version for iPhone or iPad, either.
Well done. Priced right.