TextExpander for iPhone & iPad Adds 12″ iPad Pro Keyboard Layouts

Smile, the developer of productivity applications for Mac, iPad and iPhone, has released an update for TextExpander for iPhone & iPad, the mobile version of the popular typing shortcut tool for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Windows (in beta). Version 4.1 adds support for keyboard layouts in English, French, and German on the 12″ iPad Pro.

This update also brings improvements to the snippet editor, adding all fonts to the font list, improving color picker selection, and adding tables and formatted lists to the insert menu.

What is TextExpander?

TextExpander is your typing shortcut tool for Mac. Save time at work or at play, whether replying to email or filling online forms, by typing abbreviations which expand to snippets of text, whole paragraphs, images and more.
Create short, expandable abbreviations for email signatures, standard greetings, formatted text and pictures. TextExpander comes with autocorrect libraries in English, French, and German to correct your typing in all apps. Even make snippets to fix your personal typing foibles.
Create more advanced snippets with fill-in-the-blank areas, paste in copied text, insert the current or future date, choose the final cursor location, and run scripts.

TextExpander for iPhone & iPad works seamlessly with TextExpander for Mac and the TextExpander for Windows beta, keeping your snippets current on all your devices. It also lets you easily share and manage snippets across whole teams.

“We’re happy to bring these updates to our iPad Pro users.” said Smile founder, Greg Scown. “The new 12″ keyboard layouts fit very well with the iOS system keyboard.”

TextExpander is as little as US $3.33 per month for individuals on the Life Hacker plan. Current TextExpander users receive a 50% lifetime discount. TextExpander is $7.96 per user per month for the Team plan which offers more robust snippet and user management. TextExpander for Mac requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later. TextExpander for iPhone & iPad requires an iPad or iPhone running iOS 9 or later. TextExpander for Windows requires a PC running Windows 7 or later.

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New Features:

  • Integrated TextExpander account and Apps
  • Use current snippets on all your devices
  • Share snippets easily with coworkers and friends
  • Set editing permissions for shared snippets
  • Set up an Organization to easily manage sharing across your team
  • Automatically join an Organization using your company email address
  • Automatically share company snippets with anyone who joins your Organization
  • New Windows app (currently in beta)
  • Beautiful new app look and feel
  • New snippet editing toolbar
  • New app icon

TextExpander features:

  • Insert standard greetings, text, and signatures, including formatted text and pictures
  • Type custom abbreviations that expand to longer “snippets” of text and images
  • Correct typos automatically (Add them to your snippet library and/or use one of the included AutoCorrect snippet groups for English, French or German)
  • Suggests snippets from phrases you habitually type
  • Use fill-in-the-blank snippets to create custom forms with multiple field types and sections
  • Position the cursor wherever you want in your expanded snippet
  • Automatically insert clipboard content in a snippet
  • Organize snippets into groups
  • Search snippets from menu bar or via keyboard shortcut
  • Search and expand snippets, abbreviations, and suggestions inline as you type
  • HTML, CSS, AutoCorrect, Accented Words, Symbols, Emoji snippet groups included
  • Internet Productivity snippet group (shorten long URLs automatically)
  • Insert the current date and time in any format you prefer
  • Date/time math (add or subtract years, months, days, hours, minutes, seconds from current date and time)
  • Reminds you of missed opportunities to use your abbreviations
  • Print snippets by group
  • For programmers, make editor-independent code templates; invoke JavaScript, AppleScript and shell scripts
  • Mac version available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish


  • TextExpander for Mac requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later
  • TextExpander for iPhone and iPad requires an iPad or iPhone running iOS 9 or later
  • TextExpander for Windows requires a PC running Windows 7 or later


US $40 / year for a Life Hacker plan for individuals.

US $9.95 / user / month for a Team plan. 20% discount for annual payment.

Current TextExpander users receive a 50% lifetime loyalty discount on a Life Hacker plan.

3 months free on a Life Hacker plan for users who purchased after December 1, 2015.

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a Lead Cyber Security Analyst living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..

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