Things to know about an intelligent typing assistant


As a computer user, you know the routine. Every day, you sign e-mail messages with the same closing lines; you make the same typing errors; you use the same phrases in business correspondence; you write sections of code for your Web site that are nearly identical to other sections. Typing the same thing over and over is not only tedious, it’s a waste of time and can lead to errors.

Enter TypeIt4Me 3.1.1, a utility that’s been around in some form since 1989. Think of TypeIt4Me as an intelligent typing assistant. It sits silently in the background and monitors every keystroke. When it sees a key sequence you’ve previously defined, it replaces that sequence with the assigned text.

New in version 3.1.1 is the ability to create abbreviations that are actually executed as AppleScript code using the Run As AppleScript tag, and you can refer to abbreviations within abbreviations). You can also apply meaningful titles to abbreviations, show or hide any abbreviation in the TypeIt4Me menu, import abbreviations from a tab-delimited text file, and expand abbreviations from two different abbreviation files. Using TypeIt4Me, you will no longer have to type out phrases like With best regards at the bottom of each message you send. Instead, type wbr and let TypeIt4Me keystroke the rest. Can’t remember what strange key combination to use for the euro symbol (

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