Spell Catcher X Feature Comparison
Product Spell Catcher X 10.4 Spell Catcher X Lite 10.4 TextExpander 3.3.0.1 Typinator 4.4 TypeIt4Me 5.1
Price USD39.95 USD29.95 USD34.95 EUR19.99 USD27.00
License Household (up to 4 personally-owned Macs) Household (up to 4 personally-owned Macs) Per User Per User Per User
Features
Spell Checking
Spell Checking While Typing 16 languages available, 9 included free, 7 $10US each U.S. English included, 7 $10US each
Spell Check Existing Text
Spell Check Using DirectCorrect
Spell Check Via Mac OS X spell checker
Look Up
Thesaurus Look Up
Dictionary Definition Look Up
Internet Dictionary Server Look Up
Expansion (Shorthands/Snippets/Clippings)
AutoCorrect
AutoType
Multiple Shorthand Glossary/Reference files
Assign multiple languages to reference files
Primary/Auxiliary shorthand files All treated equally All treated equally
Handle tabs & returns in expansions
Include date and time in expansions Standard ICU formats, custom formats, localized for language/region Standard ICU formats, custom formats, localized for language/region
Create shorthand from selected text
Expand nested shorthands
Expand number suffixes
Shorthands with formatted text & pictures Mac OS X 10.6 and later Mac OS X 10.6 and later
Case entered affects expansion
Reposition cursor on expansion
Quickly create shorthands Services, Dock, and Input menus Services, Dock, and Input menus Menubar menu
Abbreviation trigger options space, return, tab space, return, tab space, return, tab plus 30 other space, return, tab plus 30 other
AutoCue (pause & prompt for variable input)
Apply a label to any shorthand
Automatic Changes
Smart quotes
Smart punctuation
Hyphens to dashes
Fix DOubled CApitals Only at sentence start
Convert fractions
Prevent double spaces
Capitalize sentences
Capitalize proper names and acronyms
Strip 's' for plurals (no need to define abb twice)
Word Completion
On-demand
Automatic (while typing)
Mac OS X system-wide Complete command
Text Manipulation
Text manipulation functions
Customizable macros
Keystroke Saver
Keystroke Recorder “Ghostwriter”
Mac OS X Technologies
Spotlight Plug In
Quick Look Previews
Speech Recognition
Sync via MobileMe (iDisk Sync only)
Sync via Dropbox
AutoCorrect using OS X’s built-in spell checker    
Execute AppleScript from abbreviation
Requires selecting Enable access for assistive devices (Universal Access Preferences) No (but recommended) No (but recommended) Yes Yes Yes
Localizations
English, French, German English, French, German English, French, German,  Japanese, Italian English, French, German English, French, Italian, Spanish
File Import/Export
Import Spell Catcher X, Spell Catcher Plus, Spell Catcher 8, TypeIt4Me, TextExpander Spell Catcher X, Spell Catcher Plus, Spell Catcher 8, TypeIt4Me, TextExpander Spell Catcher X XML shorthand glossary export file, TypeIt4Me Spell Catcher X XML shorthand glossary export file
Export tab delimited shorthand via copy/paste
Import from tab delimited files    
Export reference files Spell Catcher X, Spell Catcher Plus, Spell Catcher 8, XML Property List Spell Catcher X, Spell Catcher Plus, Spell Catcher 8, XML Property List
Preferences
Per-application settings
User defined keyboard shortcuts
Customized error alerts Sound, speech, pop up, flash screen (by error type) Sound, speech, pop up, flash screen (by error type) Sound only Sound only, expansions and corrections Sound only
Autosave modified references Via automatic backup feature
Language-specific expansion/correction rules
Restrict an entire file to a specific application
Actively supported since
1985 1985 2006 2005 1989