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These are the questions we are most frequently asked. If you don't find an answer here, try heading to the Support section of the site, or searching our News blog, or emailing us your question.


  1. I noticed the version of TypeIt4Me in the Mac App Store includes iCloud support, but the app you sell directly from your website appears to be an older version that doesn't. Why is that?

  2. If I want to sync my TypeIt4Me abbreviations with iCloud, do I have to buy TypeIt4Me from the Mac App Store?

  3. What does iCloud support mean? Do I need it?

  4. Does the latest TypeIt4Me work with OS X 10.9 Mavericks?

  5. Help! I've just upgraded my machine to OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and now TypeIt4Me doesn't seem to work. How do I get it up and running again?

  6. I'm using Snow Leopard / Lion and whenever I load TypeIt4Me I get a system alert message that says "To use TypeIt4Me preferences pane, System Preferences must quit and reopen". How do I stop this from happening?

  7. Does TypeIt4Me work under Classic / Panther / Tiger?

  8. Can I use an abbreviations file created with the Classic version in the OS X version?

  9. How do I define an abbreviation to display the current date and/or time?

  10. How do I eliminate the space between a numeral and a hyphenated expansion like "-year-old"? I'd like to be able to type "47yo" and have that expand to "47-year-old" with no spaces.

  11. How do I define keyboard shortcuts to bring up the various TypeIt4Me dialogs?

  12. I lost my abbreviations file: how do I find it?

  13. I just upgraded to version 5.3.x and don't know how to get my abbreviation sets into iCloud. A little help please?

  14. I'm worried iCloud might screw up or lose my TypeIt4Me sets. Where can I find them locally so I can back them up occasionally?

  15. Why does TypeIt4Me lose track of the file containing the abbreviations?

  16. Why doesn't Word append the space that triggered the expansion?

  17. How many different data files can I have?

  18. Why have many different data files?

  19. How many entries can be added to each file?

  20. How long can a clipping be?

  21. How long can a clipping name (i.e. the abbreviation) be?

  22. How can I uninstall / remove TypeIt4Me?

  23. Is TypeIt4Me a keylogger? Is TypeIt4Me a safety risk? Is it spying on me?

  24. Whoah, an app I was using stopped TypeIt4Me from working and a message flashed up saying something about secure event input being blocked. ...Help?

  25. Hey, sometimes when I try to quit TypeIt4Me from the menubar it doesn't work. What gives?

  26. I can't see the TypeIt4Me icon in my menubar, where's it gone?

  27. Why don't you have an answer to my question?

 

Q: I noticed the version of TypeIt4Me in the Mac App Store includes iCloud support, but the app you sell directly from your website doesn't. Why is that?

A: This is due to Apple's strict policy regarding access to iCloud for third party software. They will *only* permit apps that are sold through the Mac App Store to offer direct syncing with iCloud. For this reason, we are now maintaining two different versions of TypeIt4Me for two different distribution channels: an iCloud-enabled one that you can buy through Apple and another non-iCloud version that you can get directly from us.

The Mac App Store incarnation includes iCloud access and is at version 5.3.x. We will continue to support it and fix bugs, but due to Apple's recently implemented app sandboxing policy we are no longer permitted to add any further new features or functionality beyond its existing capability.

The TypeIt4Me available for download from our website is currently at version 5.2.x. Apple's policies prohibit us from building iCloud support into it, but apart from that it is full-featured. Best of all, we are free to add new features and continue its development.

 

Q: If I want to sync my TypeIt4Me abbreviations with iCloud, do I have to buy TypeIt4Me from the Mac App Store, then?

A: Apple only permits apps sold in the Mac App Store to access iCloud, so for the moment, yes, buying TypeIt4Me from the Mac App Store is the only way to get iCloud functionality. Don't despair, though, we are continuing to develop the app sold through www.ettoresoftware.com and will carry on adding new features and functionality - it just won't have iCloud access built in.

We are also looking into perhaps creating a small 'helper' app that would provide iCloud support for customers who've purchased TypeIt4Me directly from our website. In accordance with Apple's policy, that helper app could only be made available via the Mac App Store, of course, but it would at least mean people who've already paid us directly for TypeIt4Me wouldn't be required to buy it again from the Mac App Store just to get iCloud access.

 

Q: What does iCloud support mean? Do I need it?

A: Adding iCloud support to TypeIt4Me means that you can decide to store your abbreviations and clippings in iCloud for sharing amongst all your devices. However, if you only use one Mac and no iOS devices, then of course there is no added benefit and you don't really need iCloud.

 

Q: Does the latest TypeIt4Me work with OS X 10.9 Mavericks?

A: Yes it does, but if you've just upgraded your machine to Mavericks and have found TypeIt4Me doesn't seem to work, you need to follow these seven simple steps to get it running smoothly again. Once you've done that TypeIt4Me should be right as rain - and it takes full advantage of the 64-bit core technology Mavericks offers. It also works fine with OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 and Lion 10.7. If you're running older system software then you'll need to download an older version of TypeIt4Me. ForMac OS X 10.6 and 10.5, you should download TypeIt4Me5.2.1. If you're still running 10.4 or even older versions of OS X, you'll need to download TypeIt4Me 4.2.1 instead.

 

Q: Help! I've just upgraded my machine to OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and now TypeIt4Me doesn't seem to work. How do I get it up and running again?

A: Don't worry, just follow these simple steps and TypeIt4Me will work normally again in Mavericks.

 

Q: I'm using Snow Leopard / Lion and whenever I load TypeIt4Me I get a system alert message that says "To use TypeIt4Me preferences pane, System Preferences must quit and reopen". How do I stop this from happening?

A: If this is happening then you're running an outdated 32-bit version of TypeIt4Me and we recommend upgrading to the latest version of TypeIt4Me - this will resolve the issue and you'll get the benefit of new features too. If you're not ready to upgrade yet though, there's a simple alternative fix for the problem. Locate the System Preferences application on your Mac (it lives in the Utilities folder), then ctrl-click on it and select 'Get Info' from the context menu that pops up. This will bring up an information window that features an 'Open in 32-bit mode' checkbox. Tick the box and you'll be good to go, it shouldn't bother you again. Show me.

 

Q: Does TypeIt4Me work under Classic / Panther / Tiger?

A: Older versions did of course, but these are no longer in development as we must look to the future and focus on the more recent OS X clients in order to keep pace with the evolution of Apple hardware. Things have moved on quite a bit in the last ten years... we know it hurts, but it might be time to mothball that Macintosh SE/30 :-)

 

Q: Can I use an abbreviations file created with the Classic version in the OS X version?

A: Yes you certainly can, though you might want to keep in mind that once the old abbreviations file is converted to the new format it can no longer be used with the Classic version (one way transfer only).

 

Q: How do I define an abbreviation to display the current date and/or time?

A: Select Edit Clippings... and click on the + ("add") button. A newabb/newclipping entry appears in the list, with newabb ready to be overtyped by the actual name you will invent for this new abbreviation.

Think of a name for this new abbreviation, for example, dtl could stand for date in long format and expand to Wednesday, September 16, 2009. Press the TAB key once to move to the newclipping field, then press it once more to exit edit mode, as you will not be editing the clipping in the cell.

Next you need to change 'newclipping' to a special syntax that will represent the date and or time in whatever format you wish. Delete the word 'newclipping' in the large blue pane to the right of the Clipping tab, then click on the Insert popup menu under this pane, like so:

'Insert date & time' screenshot

Select the appropriate date or time format from the options in the drilldown menu. When you make your choice, you will see a funny looking mix of % signs and letters or numbers, for example: %A, %B %e, %Y

Now click Save and the new abbreviation is ready for use.

NOTE: This is a standard way to describe the elements making up date and time, called 'strftime'. Do a web search for 'strftime' if you want to find out more about it, or simply use the above Date and Time menus to pick the pre-defined formats or even roll your own using the individual elements in the lower three sections. Note that when the month or the day numbers are two digits long, you may wonder why they appear twice. Looking at the above picture, you'll see that the first number is 09 while the second is 9, giving you the choice for single digit months (or days, 09 and 9 above) to include (or not) a leading zero.

IMPORTANT: If you ever want to have a % (percent sign) come out in your expanded clipping, you'll have to double it (%%) because of the above syntax.

 

Q: How do I eliminate the space between a numeral and a hyphenated expansion like "-year-old"? For example, I'd like to be able to type "47yo" and have that expand to "47-year-old" with no spaces.

A: That's an easy one: simply define the abbreviation as #yo (the # symbol is interpreted by TypeIt4Me as any numeral). Now whenever you type any number immediately followed by "yo" with no spaces, this will expand to "[number]-year-old" without leaving a space after the typed numeral.

 

Q: How do I define keyboard shortcuts to bring up the various TypeIt4Me dialogs?

A: To define keyboard shortcuts, also known as "hot" keys, go to the HotKeys tab of TypeIt4Me's Preferences panel.

You can define up to six hot keys to summon these options: Add a clipping, Edit clippings, Pause/Resume, Add Word to Ignore and Autocorrect On / Off.

'Hotkeys' system preference screenshot

 

Q: I lost my abbreviations file: how do I find it?

A: If you bought TypeIt4Me 5.3.x from the Mac App Store, just click on the name of the active abbreviation set in the main TypeIt4Me window: it will take you to the file in Finder.

If you're using TypeIt4Me 5.2.x or earlier, try hovering the mouse over the name of the abbreviations file in the main TypeIt4Me window: a tooltip will appear that shows you the path to the file.

Screenshot of tooltip revealing the path to an abbreviations file

 

Alternatively, use the Finder's Find to search for items whose extension is .typeit4me:

Search results screenshot

or under older systems, whose Type is T4ME:

Search results screenshot

 

Q: I just upgraded to version 5.3.x and don't know how to get my abbreviation sets into iCloud. A little help please?

A: TypeIt4Me 5.3.x stores its snippets in one or more files which you can name as you like and store in the Sets directory. If you double-click a TypeIt4Me document file in the Finder, it will be moved into the Sets folder and become the default file. To share your snippets across all your Macs and iOS devices, drag and drop a snippets file from the left to the right pane at the top of the TypeIt4Me 'Edit clippings' window.

If you're finding it doesn't work, make sure you have iCloud 'Documents & Data' enabled in your Apple system preferences. Open System Preferences and click on the iCloud icon under 'Internet & Wireless'.

Apple system preferences screenshot

Then if it's not ticked, check the Documents & Data box, like so:

Documents & Data preferences screenshot

 

Q: I'm worried iCloud might screw up or lose my TypeIt4Me sets. Where can I find them locally so I can back them up occasionally?

A: Your TypeIt4Me sets are stored locally within the 'Library/Mobile Documents' folder on your Mac. If you can't see your Library (Apple hides it by default), just hold down the option key on your keyboard and select Go in the Finder menubar - it will then be visible in the dropdown. Once you're in there, the folder you then want to look out for is the snappily named TG8887UAPU~com~ettoresoftware~TapIt4Me.

Mobile documents folder screenshot

 

Q: Why does TypeIt4Me lose track of the file containing the abbreviations?

A: Make sure you store the abbreviations file on the same volume/partition as the startup system volume.

 

Q: Why doesn't Word append the space that triggered the expansion?

A: You need to turn the 'Use smart cut and paste' option off in Word's Preferences, under Edit

 

Q: How many different data files can I have?

A: As many as you care to define and will fit on your disk.

 

Q: Why have many different data files?

A: Some users like to have different sets of abbreviations for use at different times or in different applications.

 

Q: How many entries can be added to each file?

A: There is no specific limit. However, a large number of entries will tend to slow things down a little and bringing up the Edit Clippings... dialog will take a fairly long time.

 

Q: How long can a clipping be?

A: Clippings (i.e. the text that is typed when you type an abbreviation and a trigger) can be up to 32,000 characters long.

 

Q: How long can a clipping name (i.e. the abbreviation) be?

A: Abbreviations should not exceed 50 characters. Also, if you later want an entry to expand automatically as you type its abbreviation, make sure the abbreviation does not contain any of the trigger characters (as chosen by you via the Preferences… dialog).

 

Q: How can I uninstall / remove TypeIt4Me?

A: To uninstall TypeIt4Me 5.x, simply locate it in your Applications folder, move it to the Trash and empty the Trash.

To uninstall older versions of TypeIt4Me, follow these two steps:

1) open the TypeIt4Me Preference Pane and click Turn TypeIt4Me Off:

'Turn off TypeIt4Me' screenshot

 

2) click Show All, ctrl-click on the TypeIt4Me icon in the System Preferences and choose Remove:

'Remove TypeIt4Me' screenshot

 

 

Q: Is TypeIt4Me a keylogger? Is TypeIt4Me a safety risk? Is it spying on me?

A: Don't worry, TypeIt4Me is not a keylogger in the scary sense. While it does indeed log keystrokes, these keystrokes are never saved or sent anywhere. Moreover, TypeIt4Me empties its cache whenever you type the spacebar. Thus, TypeIt4Me hardly ever remembers more than 20 characters of what you most recently typed. Using TypeIt4Me does not compromise your privacy.

 

Q: Whoah, an app I was using stopped TypeIt4Me from working and a message flashed up saying something about secure event input being blocked. ...Help?

A: Ah, this one's a little tricky to explain - take a look at this page about secure input and TypeIt4Me.

 

Q: Hey, sometimes when I try to quit TypeIt4Me from the menubar it doesn't work. What gives?

A:This can happen if you have set your preferences to hide the TypeIt4Me icon in your dock and you click on Quit in the menubar while the preferences window is still open. Just close the preferences window and you should be right as rain again.

 

Q: I can't see the TypeIt4Me icon in my menubar, where's it gone?

A: If you're not seeing the TypeIt4Me icon in your menubar, it's likely due to one of three possible explanations:

Firstly, TypeIt4Me may not in fact be running, in which case you simply need to relaunch it by double clicking it in your Applications folder (or clicking it in the dock if you keep it there).

Secondly, you may have specified in TypeIt4Me's preferences that the menubar icon should be hidden. Hold down the ctrl key and click on TypeIt4Me in your dock, then navigate to Preferences. In there, click on 'Menu' and make sure the 'Hide menu' radio button is not checked.

The third possibility is that - though it's still running - TypeIt4Me's icon is being hidden because the menubar has become crowded and there are a lot of other items displayed to the right of it.

Menubar overcrowding can come about when your screen is not wide enough to accommodate all your icons as well as all the menu options for the current application in use. MS Word and other Office applications have lots of menubar options, so you may find this happens when using them. Fortunately, there are ways to save space and mitigate this. You could, for example, go into 'System Preferences' > 'Users & Groups' > 'Login Options' and change the fast user switching menu to display as 'Icon' or 'Short name' instead of 'Full name'. Another space saving trick could be to change the way the date and time are displayed. If you've tried both of these and there still isn't enough space for you to see the TypeIt4Me icon, you could also quit some other less frequently used apps that perhaps live in your menubar and then relaunch them so that the TypeIt4Me icon moves further over to the right and will be more likely to remain visible at all times.

 

Q: Why don't you have an answer to my question?

A: Feel free to email it to support@ettoresoftware.com and we'll do our best to answer it (but be aware that at busy times, we may not be able to reply for several days).

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System Requirements

This product is designed to run on Intel Macs with the following versions of OS X:

• 10.9 Mavericks

• 10.8 Mountain Lion

• 10.7 Lion

For Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.5, including PPC Macs download TypeIt4Me5.2.1

For older versions of OS X
download TypeIt4Me version 4.2.1 instead

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