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aText for Mac

By Tran Ky Nam Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 7, 2013

aText for Mac's basic and intuitive interface makes it a great choice for defining and using frequently-used phrases instead of abbreviations to speed up typing and make it more convenient. With its default choice and ability to create custom combinations, the application includes all of the features users would expect from this type of program.

As a free trial version, the program operates without restriction for 14 days, but unlocking the full application costs $5. After starting up and requiring an activation of the assistive device features on the computer, aText for Mac presents a rather basic main menu that lacks advanced design features. Fortunately, it is easy to interpret. Buttons along the top allow for creating new shortcuts, as well as sorting and grouping them for easier location. Once entered, users can preview the changes as well as alter the font and look of them. In terms of use, after typing in the shortcut combination, the application automatically adds the corresponding phrase. This worked well during testing in every program, from text editors to browsers.

aText for Mac performs well and is easy to use, making it a good solution for users looking for a program to quickly create keyboard shortcuts for often-typed text.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of aText for Mac 1.6.1.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.19


Release April 26, 2017
Date Added April 26, 2017
Version 2.19

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

aText accelerates your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define: for example, make an abbreviation "myname" to insert your name "First Middle Last" in any application. With aText you can easily avoid typing the same thing over and over. aText also makes it easier to type hard-to-insert symbols, images, formatted text. More Features. Insert the current date and time in any format. Embed clipboard content within snippet, embed snippet within another, send keys, use editable fields in snippet. Reposition the cursor in the expanded snippet. Built-in snippet groups for misspelling correcting, HTML and JavaScript coding. Built-in snippet groups for misspelling correcting, HTML and JavaScript coding. Import data from TextExpander, TypeIt4Me.

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