TextExpander is one of the most popular text expansion programs out there, but it's always been a bit pricey at $US35 ($46). Now, that price is jumping significantly with a new subscription model. The new pricing model for TextExpander is now $US47.52 ($62)/year or $US4.95 ($7)/month. For that, you'll get all the usual TextExpander features alongside their new syncing engine, email support and the ability to share groups of snippets with co-workers. There's also now a Windows beta of the TextExpander app. Most of us who do plain old text expansion don't really need all this stuff, which is exactly why we recommend the $7.99 aText for Mac instead.
Good news though, if you're thinking about jumping ship from TextExpander to aText, the import process is super easy:
- Open TextExpander.
- Select a group you want to export, then click the Gear icon > Save a Copy of Group... then save the file.
- Open up aText.
- Click Data > Import Data and select the .textexpander file you saved in step 2.
- Repeat this for each group you have.
That's it, your TextExpander snippets should show up in aText. If you had any special settings for them, like which apps they expand in or sound effects, you'll need to set that up again, but otherwise the snippets themselves are there. You won't get all the handy extra features in TextExpander like team snippet sharing, statistics, or mobile syncing, so as far as value is concerned, that's a call you'll have to make yourself.