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Breevy: A text expander that lets you insert long words or phrases and launch apps, websites, and more just by typing abbreviations.
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Dropbox sync added to Breevy

Last Friday, Breevy 2.50 was released. One of the neat new features added is support for Dropbox sync.

If you have more than one computer with Breevy installed on it, you'll definitely like this Dropbox sync feature, because it allows you to use the same abbreviations on all of your computers without you having to do any work.

It's pretty simple to set up; just download and install Dropbox (free) on all of your computers, and then on each computer that Breevy is installed on, enable Dropbox sync in Breevy's Preferences.

From that point on, whenever you make changes to your abbreviations on one computer, those changes will automatically be applied on all of your other computers. Which means there's no manual work involved for you each time you make changes: no exporting, re-importing, etc. etc. Breevy handles that stuff for you automatically, in the background. 8)

And we didn't forget our TextExpander (Mac) users: TextExpander Dropbox sync support was added, too. With Dropbox sync enabled in TextExpander on your Mac and Dropbox sync enabled in Breevy (and sync mode set to TextExpander Compatible) on your Windows PC, any changes made to your snippets in TextExpander will be automatically sync'd into Breevy.

Also, first-time users who haven't imported their TextExpander snippets into Breevy yet can do so simply by enabling Dropbox sync in both TextExpander and Breevy. hahahah

You can download the latest version of Breevy -- which includes support for Dropbox sync -- here.

Posted by Patrick on April 12, 2010 at 12:52pm | 0 Comments
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Use your TextExpander snippets on Windows with Breevy

Yesterday, Breevy v2.40 was released. Lots of improvements were made, but one of the coolest (we think) is support for TextExpander snippet importing.

Prior to this new version, Breevy worked well as a Windows alternative to TextExpander... but if you wanted to use your existing TextExpander snippets with Breevy, you had to manually type each individual snippet into Breevy, a process that could literally take hours.

But with v2.40, available for download now, if you want to use your TextExpander snippets on Windows, you can just select File -> Import TextExpander Snippets in Breevy's main window, select the TextExpander snippet file you copied from your Mac to your Windows PC (the copying process is easy; for those who aren't sure how to do this, check out Breevy's help file or press F3 while in Breevy), and then you'll have your TE snippets imported instantly and ready for immediate use.

If you haven't already done so, download Breevy now and let us know how you like it. hahahah

Posted by Patrick on March 18, 2010 at 10:54pm | 0 Comments
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Breevy's new %(Input) macro...

... is really cool and useful, helps you get things typed even faster than before, and was just added in v2.35, released today.

The way it works is, when Breevy finds an %(Input) in the replacement text of an abbreviation, it will pause -- right in the middle of outputting the replacement text -- and wait for your input. After you're done typing your input, you can press the Tab key and Breevy will continue with the rest of the output.

For example, if you have a replacement text of Hello, my name is %(Input) and I live in %(Input)., Breevy would first output Hello, my name is (after you type the abbreviation associated with the replacement text, of course) and then it would wait for your input. Of course, in this case you would enter your name.

Then you'd press Tab to tell Breevy you're done. Breevy would then continue "typing" the rest of the replacement text until the next %(Input): and I live in. Once again it would pause and wait for your input... this time, you would want to enter your location. Press Tab again and Breevy continues with the output... in this case, just a period.

You can also optionally add identifiers to the %(Input) macro. For example, if you do something like %(Input e-mail address), Breevy would first output e-mail address, automatically select / highlight it, and then pause, allowing you to type your e-mail address (no need for you to manually delete the phrase e-mail address since if you type a key while text is highlighted, the highlighted text is removed).

The benefit to using identifiers in the %(Input) macro is, while they're not necessary, they make it easier to quickly remember what you're supposed to type at a certain point in the replacement text. hahahah

You can download Breevy here and try out the new macro for yourself. 8)

Posted by Patrick on March 5, 2010 at 12:07pm | 0 Comments
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Special-key "pressing" support added to Breevy.

One of the cool features added to Breevy 2.30 (released today) is the %(Key), %(KeyDown), and %(KeyUp) macros, which allow you to instruct Breevy to simulate "special" key presses like the Home key, the Insert and Delete key, the Ctrl, Alt, and Escape keys, etc.

Letters, numbers, and other characters could already be typed by Breevy when their corresponding abbreviation was typed by the user (for more on how Breevy works, and how it can help you get things typed much faster, click here). Prior to v2.30, however, key combinations and keys that don't display a character when typed -- Ctrl, Alt, etc -- couldn't be, because there was no way for them to be represented in an abbreviation's replacement text field.

But with the addition of the %(Key), %(KeyDown), and %(KeyUp) macros, now you can instruct Breevy to press those special keys and key combos.

For example:

  • %(Key Ctrl+Alt+H) tells Breevy to press Ctrl, Alt, and H simultaneously

  • %(Key Ctrl+Tab 10) tells Breevy to press Ctrl and Tab simultaneously a total of 10 times

  • %(KeyDown Alt)01234%(KeyUp Alt) tells Breevy to simulate a press and hold of the Alt key down. Breevy will then type '01234' and then simulate a lift ("keyup") of the Alt key

  • Hello!%(Key Ctrl+A+C) tells Breevy to type Hello!, then simulate a press Ctrl+A and Ctrl+C -- effectively causing the word Hello! to be selected and copied to the clipboard

For more info, just press F2 while in Breevy's main window.

Posted by Patrick on February 23, 2010 at 3:00pm | 0 Comments
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Importing Your Microsoft Word AutoCorrections into Breevy

Today we released Breevy 2.24, which adds support for importing your custom Microsoft Word AutoCorrect entries automatically.

All you need to do is click File -> Import Microsoft Word AutoCorrections and they'll be imported for you.

You can then disable AutoCorrect in Microsoft Word, since Breevy can replace your AutoCorrections universally in any application, not just Word. hahahah

Posted by Patrick on January 6, 2010 at 5:00pm | 0 Comments
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