FastFox

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.03
  • Total Downloads:
    6,072
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 31, 2010
  • Price:
    Free to try (14-day trial); $59.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    533.52KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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NCH's FastFox Typing Expander is basically a supermacro utility that you can use to create, store, and activate keyboard shortcuts that instantly insert lines or whole paragraphs of text as you type. It's a dream come true for those unfortunate souls who must type the same thing over and over. Properly used, it can drastically reduce typing time and keystrokes.

At just over 190K, FastFox is a small download that installs with equal speed. It features a simple dialog interface with File, Shortcut, and Help menus, and labeled icons for Options, Shared Shortcuts, and downloading the optional NCH Toolbox, which gives access to the developer's other tools. The Toolbox is worth trying, but we've used it before, so we skipped it. The Shared button adds common shortcuts, such as those used throughout a company's network: a nice touch. There are actually two sources of assistance, the Help file and an icon that opens the program's Web-based manual, but this program is easy enough to figure out without them. We clicked the green plus sign to add a new shortcut, entered our keywords, selected the expansion type, entered our text, and clicked OK. When we typed the keyword, FastFox automatically replaced it with our expanded text. It's that simple.

FastFox Typing Expander is free to try for 14 days. It downloads as a compressed file and installs desktop icons without asking. It's ready for Windows 7. If you find yourself typing the same blocks of text over and over again, give it a try.

 
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4 stars

"simple and convenient"

December 15, 2010  |  By vze2kyk2_dotmac

 |  Version: FastFox 2.03

Pros

Simple to use. Easy to download.

Cons

If you accidentally hit a key you may inadvertently bring up an expansion.

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5 stars

"Reduces your keystrokes with a simple program"

October 13, 2010  |  By aryaburt

 |  Version: FastFox 2.03

Pros

Simple to use. Easy to download - download a trial version and purchase when it expires. Low cost. I estimate it reduces my keystrokes by 30% and I aim to further reduce by adding more and more expansions.

Cons

Don't re-issue product key. When I tried to install on a different computer it said the version was old. If your computer is slow expansion comes up slower and slows you down. if you accidentally hit a key you inadvertently bring up an expansion.

Summary

Excellent product that I highly recommend. Benefits by far outweigh the cons I list above.

I researched the internet to find a product that would speed up my transcription of research interviews, which is a very time consuming process. This is the best product I have found. If you want to reduce your keystrokes this is it. I tried another program which involved memorizing codes for a long list of words. The problem was if you couldn't remember them all it didn't work so it was a waste of $70. With Fastfox you add your own codes which make sense to you and you add as many as you want. I also tried Dragon Naturally Speaking. It's a good product but even a small error rate results in extra work and in the end it didn't really help me to speed things up.

I make codes for email beginnings and endings, my address, cell phone number, email address, commonly used words in my research as well as commonly used words that I use over and over. Anything that you type many times you can just make a code for.

I've recommended this product to many people although I don't think any of them bought it because they didn't realize how revolutionary it is for reducing your typing.

Though I bought this for transcription I use it for all my typing - it works anywhere on your computer, including on email. I hope this product stays on the market, as I have really come to rely on it. If I have to use someone else's computer, it's a drag having to go back to the old way of typing out everything in full and makes me see what a great tool this is.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.03
Fixed problems with running on Windows 64-bit systems; fixed issue of DLLs not being updated correctly when doing an upgrade install .
General
Publisher NCH Software
Publisher web site http://www.nch.com.au
Release Date February 25, 2010
Date Added March 31, 2010
Version 2.03
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 533.52KB
File Name ffsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,072
Downloads Last Week 6
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $59.95

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