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Mike Bracco

Product at JibJab. Technology. Startups. UX. Design. Minimalist. NH Native. Boston Sports.

Los Angeles, CA

One of the most useful features in iOS is also the most frustrating

I'm a big fan of TextExpander on the Mac. It's always one of the first apps I install on a new Mac. It provides a simple way to set keyboard shortcuts to expand into other text text strings. I use it for a variety of things including email signatures, short link creation and Lorem Ipsum among many others.

Unfortunately on iOS TextExpander's app isn't able to integrate as deeply and provide system wide keyboard shortcuts. However, Apple does provide a often unused feature to set keyboard shortcuts. If you visit Settings > General > Keyboard then see the shortcuts section.

Naturally, my first shortcut was my email address. Being a product person I download and signup for every app that's released. However, I was quick to learn that shortcuts automatically adds a space to the shortcut when it's expanded. This is probably great for the normal use case but extremely frustrating for email - especially when a blank space is seen as a character in signup or login forms.

Hopefully Apple addresses this issue in iOS 7 or better yet allows apps like TextExpander to deeply integrate with the iOS.

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