Those who type a lot, take notice: Ettore Software has released a significant update to the long-standing text expansion utility TypeIt4Me. Version 5.0 trades its System Preferences pane for a standalone application that opens the Edit Clippings and Preferences windows more quickly. The latest version is also fully 64-bit compatible, enables users to resize the Edit Clippings window, and increases text expansion responsiveness. Also, an option has been added that enables a period to require a second trigger before expanding and automatic updating via Sparkle has been added. TypeIt4Me 5.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. ($27 new, $9 upgrade, 5.2 MB)
Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard
Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.
Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.
In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.
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TypeIt4Me has been around, on various incarnations of the MacOS for more than 20 years. And it just gets better and better. The latest version works seamlessly and globally on every application, including the Finder (unless you tell it not to in the preferences).
Many have copied TypeIt4Me, but this was the first, by years and is still the best.
After having used this since version one (free on a floppy in the Mac Secrets book!), I was pleased to discover by accident the other day, that TypeIt4Me works in Japanese too! This opens up new - apologies for the word - vistas!
Unfortunately TypeIt4Me 5.0 will not work when Spell Catcher is active. Riccardo Ettore, the developer of TypeIt4Me said "I'll have to investigate and see if I can fix it." on April 18, 2010.
But as with all such things, I suspect Riccardo Ettore (TypeIt4Me) and Christoph Reichenberger (Typinator) might suggest other features to compare.