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TextExpander has posted details about its upcoming “touch 3” update, that will add a TextExpander keyboard within iOS 8 that will allow users to expand snippets of text in any app on the iPhone or iPad. This marks yet another app developer taking advantage of Apple’s new third-party keyboard API made available in iOS 8. Prior to the big update, only apps which implemented the TextExpander touch SDK could expand snippets directly.

TextExpander posted a video of the snippet keyboard in action on Monday, highlighting users will simply be able to type in a series of letters for a full response. For example: “sig” could yield a full email signature of “Jake @ iDownloadBlog”, depending on what settings you’ve made within the TextExpander app.

“This week, we will begin a public beta of TextExpander with the custom keyboard,” the TextExpander team wrote on its blog. The keyboard, which will also include full VoiceOver accessibility support, can be beta tested by following the TextExpander account on Twitter.


TextExpander, and other similar apps like QuickBoard, highlight exactly why it was a smart move for Apple to open third-party keyboard support within iOS 8 – a feature Android has had since its inception. We’ve been familiar with swipeable keyboards for sometime, like TouchPal and Swype, but they were only available through means of jailbreaking, not the broader iTunes App Store.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, we’re pretty big fans of TextExpander here at iDownloadBlog.

  • abhi0n0nakul

    Hell yeah…..
    ANDROID. U wont be missed…

  • Juan Castillo

    Can’t wait for swift key, specially for the swype-styled writing

  • Filip Juncu

    To me it’s similar to the Keyboard Shortcuts already available since iOS 6 or so.

    • It indeed looks a lot like it. From the video, I can tell that what differs from Keyboard Shortcuts is that you can have some sort of formatting (ie. line breaks which you can’t have with stock shortcuts). I would also assume they keyboard can sync with your shortcuts that you might have on your Mac, which would be a great plus. All in all, I don’t think it’s going to be a life changing keyboard, but it could be handy in certain situations.

      • hmm


      • To me, the big difference is that text is expanded immediately, which is huge. There is no delay and confirm like there is with the Shortcuts in iOS.

      • Manuel Molina

        I feel that with iOS, that delay helps you decide if you really want to use the shortcut or not in my opinion.

        I think having a keyboard that works like iOS while providing a swipe from key to key action could and would be the most useful of all keyboards. Not groundbreaking, but it’s the most common way to get things rolling.

      • TextExpander is far better than Apple’s simple keyboard. In fact you can add snippets, format text, create multiple group actions which goes far beyond what a keyboard shortcut does. It’s really an app, rather than being a simple feature.

  • Warmachine69

    Haha @codylee

  • Matt

    I just want a keyboard that makes the keys larger for God’s sake. There is so much space wasted and the keys are so tiny you need a microscope to see them.

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  • JulianZH

    still waiting for swiftkey 😀

  • David Hvilivitzki

    you can do this right now with keyboard shortcuts, I’ve been doing this for years, don’t get what the hype is about.