Built into Word.
Comment: Not designed to be an expander but can be used as one.
ASUTYPE AND AUTOCORRECT
Fanix Software, PO Box 6435, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia QLD 4067
Web: Fanix Software
Price: Asutype - $40.
Comment: Award-winning software. Strong on spell checking. Offers basic text expansion, multiple clipboards and other capabilities.
Textware Solutions, 58 Lexington Street, Burlington, MA
Phone: 800 355 5251, 781 272 3200. Fax: 781 272 1432
Web: Instant Text - Textware Solutions
Forum: Instant Text Forum
Price: $189. Also offers time-based subscriptions.
Comment: The most powerful text expander and the one offering the most features. Has a longer learning curve but offers by far the highest productivity because of its unique capability to generate phrases and "Continuations" - it displays the most probable words and phrases as you type, based on past work. Extremely reliable. Highly customizable. Strong import capability of abbreviation lists from other sources. Offers free and commercial third party glossaries. Click here for information on the ABCZ Typing Assistant glossaries for Instant Text
Comment: A powerful program with an onscreen advisory. Site says they "will still provide limited legacy support for existing users." Supports multiple libraries. (ABCZ glossaries for Instant Text and ABCZ "dictionaries" for Shorthand/Speedtype can be imported into Intellicomplete.)
Bartels Media GmbH, Im Treff 20, 54296 Trier, Germany
Forum: PhraseExpress forum
Price: Free for personal use. $50 for Standard, $140 for Professional, $219 for Enterprise versions.
Comment: Award-winning text expander, clipboard manager, program launcher, spell checker, macro utility, and email automator.
SHORTHAND FOR WINDOWS
OfficeSoft LLC, 517 Cobb Court, La Puente, CA 91746
Web: Shorthand for Windows
Price: $150. Also offers time-based subscription.
Comment: Christopher Lim's award-winning software. One of the few expanders to offer extensive visual advisories: a handy movable, resizable 9 entry on-screen display advisory window. Can import lists from other expanders. Can use scripting commands. Third-party word lists are available.
Click here for information on ABCZ files for use with Shorthand.
Referral site for purchase of Shorthand for Windows
SHORT KEYS 98
Insight Software Solutions, P.O. Box 106, Kaysville, Utah 84037-0106
Phone: 801 927 5009. Fax: 801 927 5001
Web: Short Keys
Comment: Inexpensive 2-column expander offering 'extras' such as a 'hint window', suffix creation (a la PRD), and international symbol support.
SPEEDTYPE AND FLASH FORWARD
Phone: 800 577 6665
Voicemail: 925 940 9545
Platform: Speedtype: Windows. Flash Forward: DOS and WP 5.1
Price: Speedtype $200. Word list conversion: $20 per list. Big Word List: $30. Flash Forward (DOS) : $100.
Comment: According to the Speedtype web site, Speedtype is an upgrade to its predecessor, FlashForward. According to the Shorthand for Windows web site, Speedtype is a "retail version of Shorthand that offers telephone support and an upgrade path for FlashForward." SpeedType and Shorthand use the same file format.
EXPANDERS FOR SMART PHONES
Flexpansion Keyboard for Android, uses AI to predict words. Strictly, speaking, not an expander but is one of the best Android keyboards.
Fitaly ($20; made by Textware
Solutions/Instant Text for tablets, etc.)
OTHER EXPANDERS AND RELATED PROGRAMS FOR DESKTOP/LAPTOPS:
AutoHotkey A very popular scripting, macro, remapping, etc. program.
Autotyping Pro ($40) Has downloadable dictonaries.
AutoText ($23) From makers of Typinator.
AutoText (free) From makers of Phrase Express
Auto Type ($30)
Breevy ($30) Folder/tree-based. Can launch applications, websites, files, and folders. Can import ABCZ Shorthand files.
Easy Script ($80) Offers interesting comments on other expanders. Offers a variety of products besides an expander.
EZ Keys and EZ Keys XP Designed for those with disabilities.
FastFox Typing Expander ($20) Has a Mac version.
Flash Expander 2.1 ($20) Can activate multiple libraries at same time.
FlashType ($60) 2-column expander, supports multiple dictionaries, templates.
KeyText ($30) A many-featured program. A PC Magazine Editor's Choice.
Perfect Keyboard ($30 to $80) Powerful keyboard and macro typing tool.
Phrase Expander ($55) Formerly Direct Access.
Quickeys 3 For Windows XP. Also has Mac version.
Quick-Type ($30 or $15 downloaded) A basic expander which has claimed to be the "world's only typing automation tool".
Rapid Key ($20)
Rocket Typing ($20)
Smart Type Assistant (free)
Text Replacer ($40) Complex-looking program.
Text replacement and "advanced scripting commands."
Turbo Type ($20) Has word prediction, on-screen advisory.
Type Pilot ($30) Folder based.
TypeItIn ($20) "Create buttons that type for you."
Typing Assistant ($35) Has pop-up window, word prediction
feature. (NOT an ABCZ
EXPANDERS FOR THE MAC:
DashExpander Free App
FastFox Typing Expander Has PC version.
Quickeys (also PC version)
Typinator (20 EUR) They make AutoText for PC.
(Free, with reminders or $10)
EXPANDERS FOR LINUX: