Houdah Software has updated Type2Phone to version 2.4, adding a welcome Compose window to the utility that lets you type on your iOS devices from your Mac. We haven’t covered minor releases since my review a year ago (see “Type2Phone: Use Your Mac as a Keyboard for iOS Devices,” 10 April 2013), but most of the new features until now have revolved around automatic device connections and keyboard shortcuts. Notably, though, version 2.2 gained a Send Using Type2Phone option that’s available from the Apple menu’s Services submenu when you select text in many applications. Type2Phone 2.4 goes one step further and adds a compose window (look in the Window menu) that enables you to write on your Mac and then send the results to your iOS device with the click of a button. A quick 2.4.1 release restores compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and lets you invoke the iOS Spotlight search with F6 on the Mac. ($4.99 new from the Mac App Store, free update, 800K)
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Have a large number of snippets and can't remember them all your abbreviations? Use TextExpander's Suggest Matching Abbreviations search feature. It makes finding your snippets fast and simple.
Set your hotkey combination by going to TextExpander > Preferences > Hotkeys. Once it's set, to use the Suggest Matching Abbreviations hotkey combination:
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