AText as a basic TextExpander alternative


I’ve used and adored TextExpander since hearing Dan and Merlin discuss it on Back to Work.

By defining snippets, you can substitute whole blocks of text or forms with a keystroke shortcut. For example, ;me is replaced with my name, email address and phone number. ;i gets replaced with an img HTML tag complete with image dimensions and a field for alt text. It’s really nice.

For my student friends though, its been hard to recommend a $35 application. If this is a limiting factor, I’ve since found a promising alternative called aText. It appears to perform a subset of TextExpander’s tasks, for $5.

I adore TextExpander, but if you’re on a tight budget AText may be the way to go.

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