Call for beta testers (Mac OSX) 13/11/2015 Comments Off on Call for beta testers (Mac OSX)

If you are running Mac OSX 10.9 or later, i.e. Mavericks, Yosemite or El Capitan, and would like to help us test the upcoming version of TypeIt4Me, please drop us an email @
Both experienced and novice testers are welcome.

Big Ben 2.1 is now available 11/10/2015 Comments Off on Big Ben 2.1 is now available

We are happy to announce that Big Ben version 2.1 is now available as a free update from the App Store.

What’s new in 2.1:
• Now works with iOS 9, while still supporting versions 7 and 8.
• Supports all four iPhone screen sizes: 4, 5, 6 and 6 plus.
• Supports 3D Touch home screen shortcuts on iPhone 6s and 6s plus to quickly toggle digital clock and chimes on/off.
• Improved support for VoiceOver accessibility.
• The movement of the minutes hand is now gradual.
No full screen iPad support yet, but it will come at a later date.

TypeIt4Me Touch 3.0 is now available. 12/07/2015 No Comments

Phew, it’s hot out there. Six months have sped by in a blur since we opened the gate and shooed TypeIt4Me 5.4 for Mac out into the wild. Today, we’re pleased to say that its wee iOS cousin TypeIt4Me Touch 3.0 has finally been released and is available for download on the App Store.

In addition to bug fixes and iOS 8 optimisation, this update offers a keyboard extension you can easily switch to in order to access and expand your TypeIt4Me abbreviations in any app.

The primary intended use of the iOS app itself remains the speedy composition and sharing of notes. As for the TypeIt4Me Touch keyboard extension: this is not designed to replace your default keyboard, but to complement it. Apple’s built in shortcut functionality and superb QuickType algorithms offer excellent predictive and corrective features for swiftly and accurately typing short words, names and phrases, so we didn’t set out to reinvent the wheel.

Our aim with TypeIt4Me Touch 3.0 is to provide you with a useful keyboard add-on that you can quickly switch to for dipping into your library of lengthy, multi-line or even multi-paragraph TypeIt4Me abbreviations when you need them.

Addresses. Boilerplate texts. Blocks of programming code, markup or CSS. Literary quotes. Scientific formulae. All these and a whole lot more can be right at your fingertips, ready to be entered into any app you’re using with just a couple of keystrokes. Best of all, if you store TypeIt4Me snippets created on your Mac in iCloud, you’ll be able to manage and sync these across all your devices.

Time for us to get back to the lab for now. We hope you enjoy the summer and that TypeIt4Me Touch will free up a little more time for you to spend in a sun lounger sipping a pina colada.

TypeIt4Me 5.4.0 and 5.4.0i released today. 09/01/2015 No Comments

Happy Friday, one and all!

We hope your 2015 got off to a flying start and that the new year will continue to be a healthy, prosperous one for you and yours. We’ve good tidings to impart: as some of our hawk-eyed customers have already noticed, there is a TypeIt4Me update afoot on the Mac side of things. Today we mark the release of TypeIt4Me 5.4.0 and 5.4.0i (Mac App Store version) into the wild.

This is a minor update for the time being to prepare the ground for a more substantial revamp we plan to release later this year in celebration of a major milestone in TypeIt4Me’s long-running development. It addresses some bugs and should stabilise performance. More importantly, it smoothes over a few wrinkles you may have encountered with regard to activating accessibility in the Security & Privacy system preferences after upgrading to Mavericks and / or Yosemite.

We have taken the opportunity to clear up some potential confusion by applying the same version number to both the shareware app available directly from us and its Mac App Store sibling. As before, both versions offer exactly the same feature set, with the sole exception being that the Mac App Store incarnation (as denoted by the appended ‘i’) also supports iCloud syncing of snippets across devices. We would of course love to be able to offer this in both versions, but iCloud support is only possible in apps sold on the Mac App Store, as per Apple’s policy.

That’s it for now, but do keep an eye out for further news from us in the near future; we’re cooking up some nice goodies we hope you’ll like. Thanks for your time :)

Call for beta testers 02/01/2015 No Comments

If you are running iOS8 and would like to help us test the upcoming version of TypeIt4Me Touch, please drop us an email @
Both experienced and novice testers are welcome.

TypeIt4Me Touch 26/08/2014 No Comments

Version 2.1 is in the App Store now, we’ve squashed some bugs and given it a facelift. Thanks to everyone who helped with beta testing.

Looking for a few beta testers for TypeIt4Me Touch 2.1 17/07/2014 No Comments

If you are familiar with and would like to help us test the upcoming version of TypeIt4Me Touch on iOS devices running iOS7, please drop us an email @

iCloud woes 09/03/2014 No Comments

Several customers have reported the sudden disappearance of snippet files stored in iCloud.

So far, we haven’t managed to reproduce this issue on our test devices so we don’t know what causes it, let alone how to fix it (should it indeed turn out to be a defect in our code).

Meanwhile, please make sure you keep a regular backup of your snippets file so you can easily restore it should it suddenly disappear.

See this FAQ item:

If you find a reproducible step-by-step set of actions that leads to your snippets file disappearing from iCloud, please do email as we would really like to work with you to stop this from ever happening.

Thanks in advance for any help you may provide and apologies if our software has unwittingly caused you to lose data and time.

Wanted: Sounds4Fun beta testers 02/01/2014 3 Comments

Break out the confetti and party hats, because everyone’s favourite whacky noise-enabling Mac app will soon be 64.

64-bit that is: we’re updating Sounds4Fun for Mavericks and the latest generation of Macs. It’s not quite old enough to claim a pension or enjoy free bus travel just yet, though its code heritage does date back to 1987 when its granddaddy – SndControl – was first released.

To cut a long story short, we’re looking for a few volunteers to test drive the new 64-bit Sounds4Fun and help us smooth out any bugs unintentional features that may be hidden therein.

If you’d like to help, please email to let us know why you would like to join the Beta Testers group and what model Mac and OS X version you’d be testing with.

Thanks and Happy New Year! Hope your 2014 has got off to a great start.

TypeIt4Me and OS X 10.9 Mavericks 23/10/2013 52 Comments

Good day to you fine folks making your way out there in the Macosphere. It’s been an eventful week, wouldn’t you say? Here at ES headquarters we’ve just about recovered from Tuesday’s spectacular Apple media event, though we almost had to be revived with smelling salts after the big reveal of the new Retina display iPad mini. What a razor sharp beauty.

Of course, the other big news was the launch of Mavericks. In the wake of Apple’s newest operating system being released for public consumption, we’ve been contacted by a number of customers asking how to make TypeIt4Me play nicely with OS X 10.9. As some of you have already discovered, Apple has re-jigged the Accessibility system settings in Mavericks and TypeIt4Me is disabled immediately after upgrading. Don’t worry, though, for help is at hand. All you need to do to get it working normally again is follow these simple steps:

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click the Security & Privacy preference pane
  3. Click the Privacy tab
  4. Navigate to the Accessibility section
  5. Click the padlock icon and enter your admin password if required
  6. Tick the checkbox next to (see the screenshot below)
  7. Close the System Preferences window, quit TypeIt4Me and relaunch it.

Screenshot of Accessibility system settings
That’s all there is to it. TypeIt4Me should now work normally again and you ought not to encounter any further issues. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience if this has troubled you. We’ll shortly be releasing an updated Mavericks-savvy version of TypeIt4Me, but we’re posting these instructions so as not to leave anyone high and dry in the meantime. If you do run into any other unexpected hiccups, we’ll be happy to troubleshoot them with you.

Hopefully this allays any fears you may have had about upgrading to OS X 10.9 and losing the use of your TypeIt4Me abbreviations. If that’s all that’s been holding you back, we’d encourage you to take the plunge and install Mavericks. Our experience so far is that it offers great performance improvements overall; it’s even breathed new life into some of the wheezy older machines we keep lying around for sentimental reasons testing purposes. Surf’s up…enjoy!

[Edit: a few people have found that even after following these steps TypeIt4Me remains disabled. You may need to log out and then log back in. If it *still* won’t cooperate, try opening your TypeIt4Me preferences, click on the Expansion tab and ensure the checkbox for ‘Disable keyboard expansion’ is *not* selected. There appears to be a bug that switches it on for some people – we’ll look to fix that in the next release.]

MacTech Live interviews Riccardo [WWDC 2013 video] 01/09/2013 No Comments

Good afternoon, fellow iPhiles. Can you detect a certain fruity autumn buzz in the air? September has rolled around at last and there’s just over a week to go until Apple unveils its newest droolworthy range of handheld digital life-enablers. Assuming the steady drip feed of leaked photos is indeed legit, swanky new champagne and graphite models are set to join the family. Looking beyond purely cosmetic developments, though, here at Ettore Software HQ we’re keen to see what innovative new hardware features the upcoming iPhone 5S will offer. For our part, fingers are tightly crossed that we’ll get an elegant one-touch thumbprint sensor unlocking system, which would do away with awkward PIN-based security and represent something of a godsend to those of us who are, er, all thumbs.

…Anyhoo, we thought some of you might be interested in this recently published video that was recorded during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. In it, grey-bearded Ettore Software founder Riccardo chats with Neil Ticktin of MacTech Live, sharing some cautious initial thoughts on how the just-revealed iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks might fit in with our company’s app roadmap. He may give away little of substance about our future plans, but it’s worth watching for the entertaining thumb dance, if nothing else.

Get TypeIt4Me in an AppyFridays smart bundle for $9.99. 21/08/2013 No Comments

Hello again, we have a little heads up for you bargain hunters out there. AppyFridays are offering a great software bundle deal right now. If you act fast, you can purchase TypeIt4Me bundled together with a couple of other very useful Mac apps at 90% off their combined retail value.

Get TypeIt4Me along with Task Paper and Backup Guru for just $9.99. Any of you who missed out on grabbing TypeIt4Me on special offer before it reverted to its regular $19.99 price point in June would do well not to sleep on this one. If you want to take advantage of it, you’ll need to get a wriggle on: the smart bundle offer expires on August 22nd, i.e. tomorrow. Happy hunting!