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More than 50 of them now

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#1 Jon Knowles

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 01:55 PM

I've updated my list of typing expanders and find that there are now 50+ of them!

Not counting some which have been discontinued.

I added a section on expanders for the Mac and for Linux. Also for phones and PDA's.

If anybody knows of any to add, please post.

http://jonknowles.net/list.htm
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#2 JoeWeber

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 06:46 AM

Hi Jon,

FIgured I'd give you a little advance warning that you will soon need to update your list again. We are bringing back Smartype. This time, it will work not just in later versions of Word, but on virtually any Windows- or Web-based typing platform. It's currently in beta test, targeted for release early next year. I'll keep you posted.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 08:28 AM

For those not familiar with Smartype, it had quite a strong following, for years, though platform-limited, as Joe notes in his post. It had a different format from that of many other expanders, and if it comes back will offer another way of doing text expansion.

Some might say, why do we need more than, say, Instant Text and Shorthand, two excellent but different expanders? But I think it's a good thing when MT's and other typists have several options available, different ways of doing things like text expansion. Smartype would bring a third way back, a somewhat different look and feel. Most of the 50 expanders are simple two-column ones, with no or only primitive visual advisories.

In addition I understand another high-end expander designed for MT will be released soon. It will be folder-based.

Jon

Edited by Jon Knowles, 07 December 2011 - 10:10 AM.

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#4 Kimzie

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 04:13 PM

We have Smartype available now.

Here is the current 30-day free trial if anyone wants to take a look. (I'm hoping you will give it a testdrive, Jon!) We would love your comments. If you like it, you can buy it at the prelaunch special half price until the end of January.

http://www.smartype.com/id9.html

There is a "Help" file with the Getting Started info.

I am going to post on the Smartype board here with more details.

Kim Morris
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http://smartype.wordpress.com/
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