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TextExpander 3.4

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With Smile’s TextExpander 3.4, you can now boast about how much time TextExpander has saved you, thanks to a new Tweet My Stats button in the text expansion app’s Statistics window. It may not improve productivity, but it’s fun.

I’ve saved 2 hours and expanded 1,174 snippets using @TextExpander. How about you? http://smle.us/get_te

Other changes include support for selecting the local Dropbox folder, presumably for sharing snippets with a team, which TextExpander’s help now explains in detail; Quick Look support and improved double-click behavior for .textexpander files; and other unspecified bug fixes and improvements. ($34.95 new, free update, 6.0 MB)

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Put more effort into creative thought and less into repetitive typing with TextExpander 4, the award-winning text expansion utility from Smile. Whether you want to type faster or you already use TextExpander but want to harness its power more fully, let author Michael Cohen help you save time and lead you to typing nirvana.

 

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