In my previous article I provided an overview of the Typinator application. Today I want to talk about the Actions Menu and how to setup an Abbreviation. Typinator is extremely sophisticated, but the average person can use it very nicely without things getting too heavy duty.
This image shows the Actions Menu in Typinator:
The Actions Menu has some information about Typinator like Registration, About Typinator, etc. But it also lets you import and export Sets. Also, it lets you get info on a particular Abbreviations Set like so:
Here you can see some information on the Abbreviations Set you have selected, in this case the AutoCorrection (US English) set. You can drill down in here, but I have pretty much left my Typinator settings for the individual Abbreviations Sets pretty much at the default. All seems to be working well so, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”!
To create an Abbreviation just select the Abbrevation Set of choice in the left column and click on the plus symbol underneath the right column:
Then, in the “Abbreviation” window below just type the abbreviated text. Then, below that in the “Espansion” window type the full text that expands when you type the abbreviated text. When you click on that abbreviation it is saved. Let me tell you it works a treat. I have created several abbreviations in “My Abbreviations” with ease and they all work wonderfully.
One more little tidbit about the versatility of this app. You can save an abbreviation in different formats including HTML.
The program defaults to “Plain Text”, but if you are a web hand coder you can save HMTL snippets, pretty cool.
Typinator is versatile and powerful. If you are inclined to use text expansion type software in your daily workflow I highly recommend it. At $24.99 it is not cheap, but it has the potential to save you tons of time.