TextExpander for iOS has been updated for the first time since its release on the App Store four years ago. Version 2.0 of TextExpander brings a lot of enhancements and improvements, as well as a number of new features that are already found in TextExpander for Mac.

If you’ve never used TextExpander before, its a utility app that automatically expands short abbreviations into long snippets so that you can type faster on your iPhone. TextExpander will sync all your snippets between your iOS and Mac devices through Dropbox.

One of the new changes in version 2.0 is the added support for rich text formatting. Now when composing a snippet or note text in iOS 6.0 or later you can add rich text formatting from the “Format…” menu item. On top of that, formatted text can be copied and emailed directly from TextExpander.

The new TextExpander also adds an “Insert…” menu item for macros like date, time, clipboard contents, and fill-ins. With support for fill-in snippets, you can can now create snippets with text fields, drop-down menus, tick boxes, and other input objects.

Version 2.0 also support renaming and duplication of snippet groups and will display alerts for conflicting snippet abbreviations and duplicate snippets. It also adds handling to resolve in any conflicts and get rid of duplicates.

TextExpander 2.0 also brings a few new minor features, including:

  • Supports %\ selection range macro (ie. %| select this text %\)
  • Spins the network indicator during Dropbox operations
  • Key macros (Enter, Esc, Return, Tab) are handled more gracefully
  • Fixes orientations and keyboard exposure issues
  • Fix numerous minor bugs

TextExpander 2.0 is now available in the App Store or you can purchase the app for $4.99.

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