When comparing aText vs PhraseExpress, the Slant community recommends aText for most people. In the question“What are the best text expansion apps for OS X?” aText is ranked 2nd while PhraseExpress is ranked 4th.
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Pro No Update
Pro Cheaper than competition
$4.99, cheaper than textExpander ($35)
Pro Compatible with TextExpander snippets
TextExpander snippets can be imported into aText
Pro Works with VMs
Pro Imports from most alternative text expansion apps
aText can import data from TextExpander, TypeIt4Me, SpellCatcherX, Automaton and CSV file.
Pro Has common HTML & JS snippets built-in
Pro Has built-in snippets for common typos
Pro Snippets can include editable fields
Pro Data can be synced through cloud storage services
Pro Snippets can include a wide variety of variables
Possible variables include date, time, other snippets, clipboard content, etc.
Pro A snippet can be expanded to plain or styled text and include pictures
Pro Portable option
Can run from a USB device
Pro Supports RTF formatting and Word documents
Pro Sophisticated macro language
It has many macro functions. Macros can be combined and nested.
Pro Versions for Mac / Windows / ios and Android
Con Frequent crashes in MacOS Sierra
aText crashes frequently, and the developer is unresponsive. Not clear if app is supported or under current development: last update was in 11/15; last post to aText Facebook page 10/15.
Con No Linux version
I do not miss it but others may want a Linux version.