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Any text expander / replacement apps?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by borderless, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. borderless

    borderless Member
    Thread Starter

    On the Blackberry, they have autotext that allows you to expand text. You can customize it so for example "mtg" will expand to "meeting".

    There is also some macro code that replaces your phone number, etc.

    Is there any app that does text replacement / expansion on the Droid?
     


  2. mcapehart

    mcapehart Newbie

    I'd like to know about this as well. Searched the Market without results.
     
  3. borderless

    borderless Member
    Thread Starter

    bump bump bump...
     
  4. ShiftNo

    ShiftNo Member

    If there were an Android app that would do this, that would probably be enough for me to ditch my BlackBerry.

    Anyone aware of any updates?
     
  5. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

  6. ignatz

    ignatz Newbie

    Neither one of these works for me. I want what the Blackberry can do by default: allow me to define a short text string that is automatically replaced by a longer one. I want to type "]js" and have the phone replace it with "Joe Smith", etc. This is great for email addresses, full names, street addresses, etc.

    Google, are you listening??
     
  7. ShiftNo

    ShiftNo Member

    Man, that sure would be handy! I hope somebody with the know-how is able to write this.
     
  8. (G)

    (G) Android Expert

    Let me raise my hand and vote for this, also. "mj" sure beats typing in "meeting in conference room J" anyday.
     
  9. ShiftNo

    ShiftNo Member

    I'm wondering if the best way to do this would be as part of a new keyboard for Android. Since third-party keyboards have different options and features, such as the HTC Sense keyboard and Better Keyboard, I would imagine that a third-party keyboard like these would be the best way to implement this as I don't know if Android has any built-in auto-correction...
     
  10. ShiftNo

    ShiftNo Member

  11. mcapehart

    mcapehart Newbie

    Actually since posting here I discovered SlideIt keyboard which has shortcuts that work like a Text Expander. Works great.
     
  12. ShiftNo

    ShiftNo Member

    Thanks for the heads-up, mcapeheart. I installed the demo of SlideIt. I see the shortcut list, but the expansion doesn't work for me.

    I wonder... are you using the hardware keyboard on your Droid? If so, would you mind testing it out with the on-screen keyboard, if you haven't already? My Hero is obviously all touchscreen, and I'm wondering if somehow that is the issue here...
     
  13. (G)

    (G) Android Expert

    I just installed FireKeys (search the Market for "FireKeys") then uninstalled it, since it's a full keyboard replacement, and there's no way in the world I'm giving up Swype.

    Nuts.
     
  14. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    Actually, from what I have read that's the only way for an app to expand text. It either has to replace the keyboard, or replace the textbox you are typing into. For security reasons apps are not allowed to "listen" to what the user is typing in other apps.
     
  15. ShiftNo

    ShiftNo Member

    That makes sense, alostpacket.

    I tried searching the Market for "FireKeys," but came up with nothing. Could it possibly be a 1.6+ or 2.0+ requirement? I'm using the HTC Hero, with 1.5, so that's the only thing I could think of, that perhaps the Market won't show the app because it's not compatible?
     
  16. mcapehart

    mcapehart Newbie

    SlideIt works just like Swype (except it's a valid download). ShiftNo, I've been using it with the virtual SlideIt keyboard, not the physical. Works fine for me.
     
  17. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?


    Correct, the market will not show you apps that are incompatible with your version of android.

    You may see a lot of that soon too as 2.0 offers developers a lot of new tools and new apis that change drastically how a dev works. However I think rumor has it that most heros are slated to get 2.1 over the next 3-6 months.
     
  18. Blrfl

    Blrfl Well-Known Member

    Try the paid version of Smart Keyboard. I just discovered the free version (which is excellent on its own) and liked it enough to buy the paid version (which does those expansions) on the spot.

    --Mark
     
  19. ShiftNo

    ShiftNo Member

    Awesome. Thanks for the tip. Is the AutoText really good/easy to use?
     
  20. Blrfl

    Blrfl Well-Known Member

    Yep, works great, and I've added a bunch of things already that I didn't expect to. For example, I type the thing with my name at the bottom of messages a lot, and now all I have to do is type "sig(Newline)" and it pops right in there.

    One other thing I like is that you can change how long the vibrator runs when you hit a key. The phone's a lot more comfortable with it set very short.

    Well worth the couple of euros it cost.

    --Mark
     
  21. ShiftNo

    ShiftNo Member

    You sold me on it, and I'm glad you did! Smart Keyboard Pro seems to do AutoText really well. It's a great find!!
     
  22. Blrfl

    Blrfl Well-Known Member

    Drat, and I don't even get a commission.

    --Mark
     
  23. cdf3

    cdf3 Well-Known Member

    AutoText is a feature I use daily on my BlackBerry. I was unwilling to give up using my BlackBerry because of this. If Smart Keyboard works the way you say it does, I will be upgrading to Android very soon.
    Will Smart Keyboard work for the HTC Incredible?
     
  24. I feel that I shouldn't have to pay for a feature that I like.. I mean its default on most phones.

    I just wish it was a free app, or setting that can be changed
     
  25. ralvy

    ralvy Newbie

    The latest version of Keypurr now does this. Version 3.
     
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