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Smile Brings Back Standalone TextExpander, Reduces Subscription Price

by Adam C. Engst

For the last week, the main controversy in the Apple world has been Smile’s decision to add cloud-based snippet sharing to their TextExpander [1] text-expansion utility and switch to a subscription model (“TextExpander 6 Adds Teams and Subscription Billing [2],” 6 April 2016). Smile took flak from people who dislike subscription software, individuals who had no use for snippet sharing, folks who try to avoid cloud-based software, and those who felt the total price was too high. (Full disclosure: Smile is a longtime TidBITS sponsor.)

Smile is now walking back some of those decisions [3] in two major ways:

It’s unfortunate that Smile’s desire to expand into the business market with snippet sharing got tangled up with the needs of individual customers. This revised approach should answer the criticisms of the previous plan, satisfying both those who like TextExpander the way it is and those who stand to benefit from the new features.