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Set Hotkeys in TextExpander

Don’t just save keystrokes, save mouse clicks when using TextExpander by setting up customizable keyboard shortcuts, or hotkeys, for functions like Enable/Disable TextExpander, Search Snippets, and more. To set your hotkey combinations:

  1. Open TextExpander > Preferences > Hotkeys.
  2. Press the Click to Set Hotkey button next to function you want.
  3. Press the keys of your preferred hotkey combination when prompted.

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Typinator 5.5

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Expanding its functionality beyond its text expansion capabilities, Ergonis has released Typinator 5.5 with new calculation fields that enable you to add computations and assignments of computed values to variables. While this was previously available using external scripts, calculations can now be embedded directly into expansions. Ergonis’s press release for Typinator 5.5 suggests that calculations can be used for completing bills with taxes and discounts added, as well as for converting currencies using the Conversions script (available from Ergonis’s Extras page).

Among the more than 20 changes, Typinator 5.5 also improves matching for certain abbreviations that have similar endings, avoids occasionally delayed feedback sounds, fixes an issue with typographically incorrect smart quotes, works around a problem with cursor positioning in Mail in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, solves a cursor positioning problem with most Web browsers, and improves the timing of clipboard-based expansions. (€24.99 new with a 25-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 5.3 MB, release notes)

 

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