What users say about Instant Text

IT V allows global processing to make short forms!

by Jon Knowles

Posted April 21, 2002 on the Instant Text Forum

I agree with Marie and my fellow testers – I was also one of the beta testers of IT V for about a year – IT V is really an impressive upgrade and an unprecedented transcription tool!

IT is really much more than an expander. It was before, but even more so now. For example, it allows the user to customize an entire list of long forms by clicking on a few buttons in the Glossary Workshop.

One can do invoicing and billing with the database and other features of the new Line Reporter. Both these features go well beyond text expansion, of course, and there are numerous other improvements as well. I particularly like the improved Continuations where phrases previously used by a doctor pop up just as you need to type them. Sometimes it seems uncanny and is always a productivity booster.

With regard to short forms/long forms, the Workshop enables the user to effortlessly transform an entire list of long forms. You can add short forms to each long form with one click, make a short form for a prefix or suffix as well as part of the transformation, undo any step, eliminate words of a certain length, etc. It even provides options for differentiating duplicate short forms. This is a very powerful tool! With the import/export capabilities of IT, the Workshop may well prove useful to those who don't use IT as an expander as well.

The Workshop is set up for those who want to use rules to make short forms like first two letters, last letter; first three letters, last letter, etc. There is also a button that when clicked converts a file to the ABCZ format (3 main rules plus prefixes) for registered ABCZ users. You can achieve the same result using other buttons but it takes more steps. Or you can try out other rules such as a-abc for two word phrases, one that has always intrigued me.

So if you haven't considered using rules for short forms, this thing will really make that possible.

Jon Knowles
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