TypeIt4Me Touch is a simple notepad app with built-in text expansion for swiftly composing notes and messages. Define your own custom shorthand abbreviations and they’ll instantly be replaced as you type with the longer texts they represent, saving you time and effort.
Create and store snippet abbreviations on your iPhone or iPad and gradually build up your own custom shorthand library for quickly jotting things down. Store as many notes as you like to use and reuse later. These can be emailed, messaged and shared straight from within the app, or copied to the clipboard in a couple of taps.
Install the bundled TypeIt4Me Touch keyboard extension and quickly bring it up in any app to access long snippets of frequently used text. Addresses, email signatures and boilerplate paragraphs stored locally or in iCloud will always be right at your fingertips. Use them in Mail, Safari, Messages or anywhere else you can type. (NB: the keyboard extension is for on-screen typing only. Bluetooth hardware support is limited to composing notes in the app itself.)
Ever wished you could use your Mac TypeIt4Me abbreviations in iOS? This is the app for you. If you use TypeIt4Me 6 (or TypeIt4Me 5.4.x from the Mac App Store) and you keep your abbreviations in iCloud, you can use them on your iPhone and iPad. They will be available in the TypeIt4Me Touch app and keyboard as long as you’re signed in to iCloud. You can also add new snippets and sync them across all your Macs and iDevices.
If you’re still using TypeIt4Me 5.5.3 (or earlier versions for Mac) downloaded directly from the Ettore Software website, automatic iCloud syncing of your abbreviations between Mac and iOS is not available. However, you can still use snippets created on your Mac. Just email your Mac TypeIt4Me snippet set files to yourself and open the attachments in TypeIt4Me Touch on your iPhone or iPad to import your abbreviations.
With TypeIt4Me Touch installed on your iPhone or iPad, greetings, common phrases, boilerplate texts, URLs or even large chunks of programming code can all be just a couple of prods away. Enjoy :)
Added alternative currency symbols selection via long-press on currency symbol in the custom keyboard.
Added date and time pickers in the iPad version for adding date / time syntax to snippets.
Snippets created on the Mac with date math now expand properly (but there is no UI to add date math in the iOS version).
Fixed custom keyboard layout on iPads with 10.5, 11 and 12.9 inches.
Updated help pages in the iPad version.
Ratings and Reviews
Good to use for longer text
I already have this app on my iMac and MacBook Pro and now I am able to share the abbreviations across all of my Macs and iPad thanks to the link with iCloud. This is not so useful for shorter abbreviations where I have already input these via the settings on the iPad and which expand automatically in most apps. However it is useful where I need longer text that has already been typed out on my Mac and can be shared across to ensure uniformity. If I make changes on the iPad to the abbreviations those changes are reflected when I go back to the Mac.
The app only expands text within itself but it is easy to copy the text using the button at the bottom before choosing the app you want to paste into. If this app were able to expand in other apps it would get five stars.
I had been thinking of buying this for some time, but as it had not been updated for quite a while I was worried the developer may have abandoned it. It has now been updated, so I decided to go for it. Always a worry if there is no trial version. I am so pleased I did. Works incredibly well. Fast accurate predictions and syncs immediately and reliably via iCloud. Plus it offers multi line expansions in any app using the dedicated keyboard. Highly recommended!
Doesn’t behave well with external keyboards
When used with third-party apps, TypeIt4Me doesn’t seem to understand I might be using an external (Smart) keyboard. So much so that the on-screen TypeIt4Me keyboard is displayed at the same time as I’m typing on my Smart keyboard. And text replacement doesn’t work when I’m typing on my Smart keyboard. This needs fixing.
Other than that major issue, looks like it could be a useful app.
Developer Response ,
Hello, we’re sorry to hear you’re having trouble with the keyboard add-on. As noted in the app description, text expansion while typing on a connected hardware keyboard is only possible when typing in the TypeIt4Me Touch notepad app itself. For security reasons, Apple has developed its iOS platform in such a way that third party apps like ours are only permitted to expand your abbreviations inside other apps when you bring up and type directly on the on-screen keyboard extension. TypeIt4Me Touch cannot expand your abbreviations while you’re using a different app and typing on a hardware keyboard accessory. This restriction is built in to the iOS operating system, so it applies to all third party keyboards like ours and can’t be circumvented. That said, it does sound like the on-screen keyboard extension may be behaving differently on your device than it does in our own tests. Normally it should not stay up when a hardware keyboard accessory is connected and activated. If you’d be willing to contact us directly at our support address with further details, please do get in touch. We’d like the opportunity to troubleshoot this with you and help resolve the issue.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.