By Tran Ky Nam

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* Not working on latest OS X. Do not purchase.

* Existing customers please visit aText's web page for instruction to switch to non-sandboxed working version for free.

"The Best Text Expansion App" - LifeHacker

aText accelerates your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define.

E.g. 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.


• Insert images and formatted text.

• Capitalize new sentences. Correct double capitals.

• Insert the current date and time in any format. Insert day in the future or the past, for example: next Sunday, previous Monday.

• Embed clipboard content in snippet, embed another snippet, use editable fields in snippet, send any key (such as Esc, Tab, Enter, arrow keys, etc).

• Reposition the cursor in the expanded snippet.

• Invoke AppleScripts and Shell Scripts.

• Built-in snippets for misspelling correcting, HTML and JavaScript coding.

• Import data from TextExpander, TypeIt4Me, SpellCatcherX, CSV file.

• Sync via iCloud/Dropbox/Google Drive/SkyDrive.


What's new in Version 2.17

Added option to disable Auto-Correction or snippet group in specific input methods.
Added ability to add note to snippet.
Improved "wildcard search" usability.



OS X Screenshot
OS X Screenshot
OS X Screenshot

Customer Reviews

Good — when it works!

I picked this software because I did not like the policies of the main competitor, who sell what I think is an expensive product then require repurchasing for every OS update. I thought this would be an alternative, but it seems every major OS update makes the software stop working, and El Capitan is apparently never going to be supported in the App Store version (I mean, it’s been over six months now).

So, bought the software in August or September 2015 and got my shortcuts all set up. Mid-September, upate to El Capitan and the software, which I use constantly for work, doesn’t function. Follow instructions to download web version and “transfer” license. All is working OK. Several weeks later, I changed the hard drive on my computer, and had to go through the whole thing again. This morning (Feb. 15, 2016) I restarted my Mac, which had slowed to a crawl for some reason, and I get the notice that my trial period is up and I need to purchase a license. What the ^#$! ? I’ve been through the transfer from App Store routine *twice* and it apparently didn’t take.

I bought this to make my work faster, not to futz around with copy protection on the utility software. *Fix the App Store version!* The only reason not to fix the App Store version is if the developer can’t be bothered *or* it’s doing something that is now against Apple’s policies (which do change) that the developer can’t fix.

Excelllent OS X app!

I have no idea why there are so many complaints about this app. I have been using it for a long time and it is a massive time saver, since a lot my job consists of sending quotes for services performed…some are repetitive, but detailed and vary in levels of service. I can send a ‘custom’ quote to a potential client in a matter of seconds. The info I usually send would normally take 15-30 minutes to edit every time, so as you can see, the biggest part of learning the software is knowing the shortcuts/keystrokes that build the expanded text. A comma, follwed by a couple of letters or a word, can fill a page with "pre-editied” information in a split second. I love this app and don’t want to know what my life would be like without it.

I have been using this on Yosemite and El Capitan

This app is a time saver, a must have in my opinion!

Just install it from the developers website and you will run into NO problems. I have had this running on El Capitan for a long time now and have been nothing but satisfied with it’s preformance.

For all of the users changing their votes from 5 stars to 1 star, it is because they do not know how to properly authenticate the license like the developer shows on his website. If you know how to use OS X and are more of an "advanced user" being able to do this simple task, you will run into no problems.


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This app is designed for OS X
  • Mac App Store Price: $4.99
  • Category: Productivity (Mac)
  • Updated: Apr 13, 2015
  • Version: 2.17
  • Size: 1.6 MB
  • Language: English, French, German, Italian, Russian
  • Seller: Tran Ky Nam
Rated 4+

Requirements: OS X 10.6 or later

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