Smile’s custom TextExpander keyboard for iOS 8 will save you time typing

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Of all the apps that will benefit from custom keyboards in iOS 8, TextExpander by Smile Software is one of the more obvious. In case you’re unfamiliar, TextExpander allows you to create snippets of text and media that can be inserted anywhere with a quick keyboard shortcut.

“We’ve been hard at work since Apple announced the new and exciting extensions and custom keyboards available in iOS 8,” said Smilie in a preview of their new keyboard layout. “TextExpander touch 3, coming on the heels of iOS 8 this fall, includes a TextExpander keyboard which can expand snippets in any app on the iPhone or iPad, including built-in apps such as Mail and Safari.”

The benefit of TextExpander on the Mac is that it can be used anywhere, but on iOS the app has been severely limited. TextExpander touch has essentially been just a fancy notepad for expanding snippets, and it was up to other third-party devs to implement Smile’s API in other apps. Apple certainly never supported TextExpander in its apps.

Smile’s custom TextExpander keyboard for iOS 8 will save you time typing

But that won’t matter when iOS 8 comes out, because you’ll be able to use TextExpander’s custom keyboard no matter the app. Snippets will be synced between TextExpander on the Mac and iOS, just like they are now.

To help test its custom keyboard, Smile is accepting beta testers on the iOS 8 beta. To help out, follow @SmileTEBeta.

  • 2oh1

    Does TextExpander ever go on sale? $35 for the Mac app seems a little steep – though I admit, it looks like it could be worth it. Still… if it ever goes on sale, I’d be more likely to pick it up then. Does it?

    EDIT: Ask and ye shall receive – or something like that. TextExpander 4 is currently on sale $16.99, which is just under half price. You have to go through the annoying Cult Of Mac Deals page to get the discount though. Scroll through recent posts here on Cult Of Mac and you’ll find it.

    • Saved0ne

      aText in the Mac App Store $5. :)

      • 2oh1

        That’s not TextExpander though. I’m willing to wait for a sale, but I’m only interested in the real app, not knockoffs.

      • Saved0ne

        Lol, a “knock off” that does a better job. Trust me, I’ve used both.

      • 2oh1

        Does aText also have an iOS version that, once iOS 8 is released, will sync snippets from the Mac to iOS and back?

      • Saved0ne

        Nope, neither does TE yet… lol. Hasn’t been released.

      • Komrad

        good move. Once iOS 8 is released, you can use Textexpander globally on Mac’s and iDevices. There is Windows app I use called “Breevy” that works with Textexpander snippets as well. That’s going to be my set up since my employer installs Windows on their computers. The ability to use one set of snippets across all of these platforms is going to save me a lot of time.

  • Lobo555

    Any idea on price?

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