SmileOnMyMac is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the TextExpander touch Software Development Kit (SDK). This consists of a free TextExpander engine library and sample code demonstrating how third party developers can add TextExpander functionality to their iPhone applications.
TextExpander is most useful when it’s available for text entry everywhere, as it is on Mac OS X. Given the current restrictions of the iPhone SDK, it’s not possible to make TextExpander touch work that way. We’ve focused on making TextExpander touch work well for composing text, then sending it directly to Mail, Twitter clients, or via copy & paste to any other application.
It is possible for other iPhone applications to offer TextExpander functionality. When a TextExpander touch user uses an application which supports the TextExpander engine, their snippets will expand when they enter their abbreviations in that application.
We believe this is a win-win for both TextExpander touch and for iPhone application developers. Having additional applications with integrated TextExpander functionality makes TextExpander touch more useful on the iPhone. Applications which support the TextExpander engine make text entry easier for their users.