We realise you guys may not be able to hear us over the sound of fireworks and champagne corks popping, but there’s news to report. As we raise a glass to toast the incoming year, we’re pleased to announce the release of TypeIt4Me version 5.5. This update brings some much requested new features, including [relatively] hassle-free syncing of snippets via Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Google Drive and shared network folders. We’ve also taken the opportunity to rewrite parts of the code in Swift for improved performance and have given the app a long overdue facelift, bringing it into line aesthetically with its iOS companion app.
Oh and one more thing. Today we celebrate 25 years of our text expander app TypeIt4Me on the Mac platform. Version 1.0 was officially released for System 6 on New Year’s Eve 1990, following 16 months of public beta development. To mark this major milestone, we are slashing 75% off the regular $19.99 retail price. For a limited time, TypeIt4Me is available for purchase at the special discounted price of just $4.99.
It warms our hearts to reflect on the fact that our software has now been saving people keystrokes for a quarter of a century. When work began on the first alpha build of TypeIt4Me in 1989, the world was a very different place. Shoulder pads, big hair and big glasses were rife. Back to the Future II was about to hit cinemas. Woody and Kelly were dating on Cheers. Reagan had just vacated the White House, Gorbachev still presided over the Soviet Union and Hasselhoff was yet to dismantle the Berlin Wall. Many of future history’s most important movers and shakers were not in a position of strength, for that matter: Steve Jobs had been exiled from Apple, while Mark Zuckerberg was on his way to kindergarten and kids were likely throwing spitballs at Larry Page in Junior High. As for the internet, it didn’t even exist as we know it today. With no App Store or websites, Mac developers had to advertise in magazines and distribute software on physical media, dispatching 3.5″ floppy discs to customers by post.
Things have come a long way since, then, haven’t they?
The enthusiastic support and encouragement we’ve received from the Mac community throughout TypeIt4Me’s long-running development is very touching. We’re beyond grateful to everyone who’s helped and sustained us with positive feedback over the years. Thank you, guys. Thank you very much. Here’s to a prosperous 2016 for you and yours!
Riccardo & Guy
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.
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 Mac TypeIt4Me update afoot. 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 :)