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
Not perfect, but pretty good
I've used TypeIt4Me for years, and can't imagine writing on my Mac without it, so was excited to see a version for the iPhone. If one has MobileMe, existing snippets on the Mac can easily be transferred over to TapIt4Me on the iPhone, which is very convenient. I wish there was a way to keep them synched so that when I add snippets on the Mac, they automatically get updated in the phone's snippet file (via MobileMe). (If there is a way, I can't figure it out.) It would also be nice if it would work systemwide on the iPhone as it does on the Mac, but that's not the developer's fault, and this is obviously not the first time that Apple's SDK has limited what can be done in an iPhone app. Hopefully that will change in a future OS update.
The developer also is one of the best I've ever dealt with, very helpful and communicative. He has never ignored a question, problem or suggestion when I've written to him, and has always had a solution when I've had a question.
Although TapIt4Me isn't perfect (what app is?), it's really good for a 1.0, and I look forward to seeing how it's improved in future updates. If it evolves like TypeIt4Me has over the years, my review will change to five stars. It's worth every penny.
Good, but needs work
I downloaded this because I have used TypeIt4Me for years and cannot imagine using my computer without it. For my iPhone, I already had Wide Email ($.99) which allows you to add shortcuts. I was excited to get TapIt4Me because I can import my TypeIt4Me shortcuts. I figured that my time saved not reentering shortcuts is worth a lot more than the cost of TapIt4Me even though it mostly just duplicates the functionality of Wide Email. I love having my TypeIt4Me shortcuts. However, when replying to an e-mail, TapIt4Me inserts the beginning of whatever you type into the subject of the e-mail. This is just annoying. I then have to go back and redo the original subject or create a new one. Wide Email allows you to either keep the subject of what you are replying to or select the subject. Mr. Ettore, please either update the instructions (in case I've missed something) or improve the functionality with respect to e-mail subject lines. If this is fixed, it goes to 5 star.
Slows me down
I was so excited about this app, what would I do with all my spare time, not having to type my most common full sentences. Unfortunately, the app doesn't work well in my workflow at all. In order for your shortcuts to work, you have to be in the apps keyboard. But the keyboar does not match the ios keyboard and it is extremely slow to respond. I will type this sentence twice, once in my regular keyboard and once in the typeit4me keyboard. il epet setactwoce, onjnte regua kyboardandnce in h yoeit 4 ekyboard.
That's garbled mess is me trying to type normally in the type it 4 me keyboard. If I want it to come out decently, it would take me at least 3 times longer to type.
Also, the keyboard often covers the words I am typing so I can't even see the result in real time.
To make matters worse, to get out of the keyboard, you don't just press the change keyboard button, you have to scroll up to the next keyboard option. I change keyboards all the time. I have an English, Spanish, and emoji keyboard. Now with this keyboard, when I land on it, I have to take an extra step to get out.
I was excited about what this app could do for my workflow, but instead it is completely destroying my workflow. I can't believe I paid $5 for it. This is likely to inform what I will do after my free trial for the software on my MacBook is up. I am uninstalling until I hear that this has been completely revamped and actually works.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.