updated 05:55 pm EDT, Tue May 4, 2010
New version improves Snow Leopard support
Ergonis has launched an update to its text expansion software, Typinator 4. The application automates the insertion of whole blocks of text or commonly used phrases while auto-correcting typing errors. Typinator has thousands of predefined corrections for typical typing errors and misspellings, supporting U.S. and British English, German and French. It replaces a predetermined abbreviation with a whole phrase, graphic, URL, date or image. It also auto-corrects typing across all applications system wide.
The major new feature of v4.0 is QuickSearch, which acts as a Spotlight-style search for Typinator text references. Users run a search for a phrase or text string and a set of matches from Typinator's database will pop up. Selecting one of the results immediately drops it into the current cursor location. The feature is aimed at power users who have numerous text snippets, bypassing the memorization of hundreds of abbreviations.
Version 4.0 also adds an option to globally enable or disable individual sets. there are speed enhancements and Snow Leopard compatibility improvements. Version 4.0 also increases compatibility with Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro and offers smoother synchronization via Dropbox or Mobile Me.
Typinator 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 but 10.6 is recommended. It costs $20 for a single user license, and $30 for a five-pack family license.