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Typinator 5

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A major new release, Ergonis’s Typinator 5 typing expansion utility has been updated with a plethora of new features, the biggest of which is scripting support. Text expansions can now execute external scripts written in AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and other shell scripting languages, and then include those results in the expansion. Other new features include date and time calculations, a calculator in the Quick Search field, and the option to delete characters typed immediately before an abbreviation. The internal expansion mechanism has been redesigned with improved support for Undo and handling of fast typing during expansion processing, and the update includes a variety of fixes to improve stability. (€24.99 new with a 25-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update for licenses purchased on or after 1 June 2011, 4.4 MB, release notes)

 

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Andrew Scott  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2012-01-23 23:31
I updated yesterday but I could find nothing in the app or on Ergonis's website explaining 'dynamic signatures'. Perhaps these use scripts but it's still a mystery to me.
Ergonis Software  An apple icon for a Friend of TidBITS 2012-01-24 08:40
@Andrew: Typinator 5 allows you to invoke scripts and include the result in a snippet. "Dynamic signatures" is meant just as an example of what you could do with scripts. You could use scripts to insert dynamically changing parts or phrases in signatures that you insert with a few keystrokes. For example, you could insert random quotations or include information about today's special offer or a dynamic hint, such as "only x days left". But you would have to write a script that does this for you. If you have any further questions, please contact us: typinator (at) ergonis.com.