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Type much faster by creating abbreviations - or "shortcuts" - that automatically insert frequently used words, phrases, or even whole paragraphs.

Write your message or note in "short hand" using these shortcuts, then send the message text over to one of these apps:

• Mail
• Twitterrific
• Tweetie
• Appigo Notebook
• Appigo Todo
• more to come...

Short hand does the typing for you. For example, typing "cu" could automatically insert "see you later". Or typing "adr" could insert your entire, 3-line mailing address, including line breaks. "pb" could insert "Patrick L. Barry, MD, Ph.D."

Similar to AutoType on the BlackBerry, AutoText in Microsoft Word, and typing macros in many programs.

• Create, modify, or delete an unlimited number of shortcuts

• Use shortcuts to insert frequently used words, phrases, or even multiple paragraphs

• Shortcuts can insert multiple lines, including line breaks

• Type using the vertical, portrait keyboard or the horizontal, landscape keyboard, which has larger keys that make typing easier and faster

(IMPORTANT: Sending text to 3rd party apps such as Twitterrific will only work if you have those apps installed)

(NOTE: Short hand does **NOT** make these typing shortcuts work *while* you're typing inside of other applications. That's not possible using the provided app development tools. You must type your messages using the short hand app, then send the text to Mail or other apps when you're done. Some users were confused by the original wording of application's description, which I've changed to make more clear.)

What's New in Version 2.0


** Now you can send text to virtually *any* app, INCLUDING SMS! This feature works via the copy-and-paste feature in iPhone OS 3.0. Short hand does the copy function automatically. All you have to do is open the other app, double tap in a text field, and choose "paste".

** The list of apps in the "choose app to send text to" view now shows only the apps that are installed on your iPhone or iPod touch

** Instructions now included in an info view.

** Various bug fixes

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Customer Reviews

Dear Apple - This needs to be in the OS!

I've had this functionality built-in to my Blackberry for 10 years. Given the lack of a hardware keyboard on the iPhone, this shortcut (aka "AutoText" or "ShortHand") functionality is even more important. I would say it's a must-have feature for serious business users or anyone who uses the device for e-mail.
This app is simple and easy to use, but like all other 3rd party shortcut apps it is not and (using IOS 4.0 or older) cannot be integrated into the core applications (email, SMS, notes, etc). It's not the developer's fault, but it makes the result near worthless for the average use case scenario.
Seriously, Apple, get with it. This is a simple piece of functionality. Build it in to the OS!
Meanwhile, the iPhone will remain a fun toy. I'm keeping my Blackberry.

Who doesn't like to save time?

I'll admit it - I'm an efficiency freak. I love saving time and getting to finish line earlier by working smarter and not harder. This app does just that. You don't have to be a touch-typer to knock out quick work with this app. It's nice and simple and even saves your drafts in case you get a phone call in the middle of your work. At $0.99 this app is a steal!

Just what I've been looking for!

This app works as advertised. It works directly with mail and any other app via a copy button (just paste into other apps). No problems, no bugs... yet. Very well done!

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  • $0.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0
  • Size: 0.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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