Many of us who lead worship are ministers or have a second job. Typing text is a great big part of my work: blogging, writing bulletin articles, email and a thousand other jobs that require typing on my computer or phone.
I discovered a cool app for my Mac computer and my iOS devices. It is called TextExander by Smile Software. smilesoftware.com
This tool will expand various keystrokes on your computer or iOS device to words, blocks of text, even entire boilerplate letters and forms.
One of the ways that it is saving me time is in sending out the weekly church bulletin. I always blind carbon copy the email address of the 100 or so people that I send our bulletin to. I copied all of those addresses pasted them into TextExpander, assigned a key stroke combination and voila no more opening up old emails to copy and past the email list.
I also send out an introduction letter to all my Truth for the World Bible students. It takes several mouse clicks to open up a text document copy the text, paste it in the new document, date it, add the new name and contact info. Now I just type “xinto” and the 2 page document expands into the new email pausing to ask for the students name and adds the date. That saved a good 2 minutes, times 5 or six times per week, times 52 weeks in a years time that is 520 minutes I could be doing something else.
Another big help that TextExander gives is inserting accented letters, various symbols like ™or © instead of having to find the symbols or remember the hexidecimal code I just made a “snippet” assigned “xtm” for trademark and another for “xcw” for copy right.
Add to that the amount of times I have to type the date now all I have to do is type “ddate.” Thanks to Chad Landman, I have a library of snippets that spell out the names of the books of the Bible. Instead of Revelation, I just type “xre”. Any text can become a snippet and assigned to a keystroke combination. I am thrilled with this new tool. I believe that with the new expanded keyboard in iOS 8 the TextExander Touch will work on many more apps than before. So goodbye fumbling fingers and hello fast typest.