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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
out of 17 votes out of 17 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    5,820
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 28, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (60-day trial); $30.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    17.81MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    0
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

ActiveWords is a nifty free program that does seven useful things when you type key words or letter combinations and hit the space bar. In fact, the developers believe program's seven categories make up the 80 percent of computing tasks in the 80/20 paradigm: Substitute Text, Launch a Program, Open a Document, Navigate to an Internet Site, Send E-Mail, Open a Folder, and Scripting. You specify your ActiveWords using quick, easy commands, and then associate the words with one of the seven tasks via simple wizards. It lets you create easy-to-remember shortcuts that do what you need most often: Type "addy," for example, and have ActiveWords fill in your entire address. Or launch a program by typing its initials. Open a Web site with a word you're typing anyway; a dictionary site, for example.

ActiveWords' main interface is a thin toolbar that appears at the top of your desktop and looks like part of a maximized application. A Menu and basic icons flank a display that shows text as it's typed. Clicking the ActiveWords symbol on the right-hand side calls up a dialog for selecting basic ActiveWord commands such as add, help, find, and weather (which fetches weather information) as well as editing and customizing the choices. We began with the video tutorial, which is brief and does an excellent job of walking new users through each function. We typed "add," hit the space bar twice, and the Add ActiveWords wizard opened. We selected Open a Document, browsed to a file, selected it, labeled the action, created a four-letter ActiveWord, deselected the Confirmation Flag (since the "word" was an abbreviation, not standard English) and created an active word, which launched the silly GIF animation we'd selected when we typed it and hit the spacebar: pretty neat. It'll be well worth your time to create ActiveWords for your name, address, and groups of email addresses, and for launching programs you often use but don't want on the Start menu. Whatever it is you want to do quicker, ActiveWords can make it so.

The freeware version is limited to 30 ActiveWords, which is probably more than most users need anyway. Power users can get the commercial version, which handles more like 20,000 ActiveWords.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0
Version 3.0 includes cloud sync of your ActiveWords between computers, automatic updates, Windows 10 support, importing, and many more improvements. New annual license assures you always have the latest updates and includes installation on all the computers you use for personal use as the customer.
General
Publisher ActiveWord Systems
Publisher web site http://www.activewords.com/
Release Date September 26, 2015
Date Added September 28, 2015
Version 3.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Automation Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 17.81MB
File Name ActiveWords.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,820
Downloads Last Week 0
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 60-day trial
Price $30
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