Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Wednesday Software Review: RoboType

Application title: RoboType
Software type: Shareware
Use: Do you find yourself typing the same phrases and paragraphs repeatedly? Perhaps you prepare business documents that contain standard paragraphs. Or maybe you're a tech-support provider and you have to answer the same questions over and over via e-mail.
Ron's thoughts: I don't think I could provide technical support (at the high level of productivity) that I do without this program (it ain't bragging if it's the truth). This program "watches" what you are typing, and when a certain combination (the template for the review is created by my typing `review - see screen capture for details) is typed, the typed characters are replaced with the pre-defined text. It is like having an ever-expanding clipboard to copy from.

There is also an ability, during the replacement process, for it to prompt you for information to input. That feature allows for a scripted answer, but to include personalization at the same time. While I thought the program was cool before, when I found that option, it became invaluable! (I could actually write an addition 25-30 lines of info about this program, but I don't want to set a precedence for long review)

RoboType is a title in the "Utility Downloads" area of PC Magazine. Utility Download is a 'for-fee' service of PC Magazine. A year's subscription is $19.97, but you can also get a 30 day pass for $9.97 or simply purchase RoboType via a one-file pass for $5.97.
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