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Shorthand expander

Posted By: Lb on 2006-03-10
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Did someone pmce say that ShortHand could keep track of repeated phrases etc? What version? I have Version 8 I believe and don't see where it can do that. Thanks

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Which expander do you like? I am currently using Shorthand which comes with the job but need
Which expander? I used Shorthand, and it's got a
suggestion box feature that you can stretch across the bottom of your screen to remind you of the expansions. Also, make up a little system for your expansions. Some people use ABCZ, but I use a phonetic/consonant system or the first letters of phrases because that's what I can remember. It's like car license plates with no vowels. sbrc is subarachnoid cnsn is consultation

It might be that you haven't found your company fit yet, too. Keep searching for a better company if the current one isn't cutting it.
Need help with Shorthand expander (sm)
I'm feeling pretty dumb here.  I use Instant Text and the Expander with my regular job with no problem, but my PT job uses ShortHand and honestly, I've never figured it out.  If you use Shorthand would you please email me.  I feel silly enough posting this.  I don't want to ask questions and feel worse.  Just please put in the subject that you're from MTStars.           
shorthand expander
I too used PRD+ with Word Perfect DOS 5.0.  Make pretty good money, but none like those other people that type.  Have wondered and wondered how they do it.  Can you tell me.
Help with Shorthand expander (sm)
I really hate this Expander but it is what works best with this other company I work for.  How do you make -year-old move so it is next to the number when you key in yo?  TIA
Tru Shorthand expander
Shorthand and Instant Text work about the same way. ShortHand has a free 30-day trial you can download online, and it is a lot cheaper than Instant Text.


I have been using Shorthand since 1997, and have never had a problem or complaint.
question about shorthand expander

I am trying to figure out which Expander to purchase and I feel so dumb.  I shorthand expander something I download to my PC or is it more like a CD?  Can I use it on more than one computer, i.e. home and work?  I'm actually trying to find something that can sort of travel with me, like bringing my tool box along with me.  Is that possible? 


need to import DQS expander to Shorthand (sm)
What file do I look for and where/how do I find it?  Step by step instructions would be nice.  Thank you. :-)
Shorthand word expander -
Tech board is down.  Need to know how to stop word from expanding.  Any info would be appreciated.  Thanks
Shorthand is by far the best expander and works with everything. nm


Is Shorthand the best word expander?

Shorthand is far superior to that expander for extext
Where do I order Shorthand expander? Can't find anywhere NM
Transferring my ShortHand expander to another computer... Help!
I have gotten permission from my company that I can transfer my ShortHand abbreviation Expander to their computer.  I have saved everything to CD.  I had to downloaded the new ShortHand Program to the new computer.  Someone care to give me step-by-step process.  Thanks!  I must be doing something wrong, as when I try the file conversion, it says "source and destination cannot be the same."  I was saving from the CD to the program on the ShortHand file Programs on the C drive
Shorthand/Word Expander Feedback.

We are in process of revamping MTStars FlashType (Shorthand/Word Expander).


We appreciate feedback from all visitors who are/were using any Shorthand/Word Expander Software in terms...

=> Which software do you use and why? (e.g User friendly, Robust, Built-in Dictionaries etc.)

=> The features you like and dislike within software?

=> What are your suggestions for upgraded version of FlashType? Which features you would like to see in it?

This thread will be followed by our staff and 5 Free copies of upgraded version of MTStars FlashType will be given (by end of August, 2008) to best feedback providers in this discussion.

PS. It's an official thread by MTStars Administration. We don't want disparaging remarks/comments about other software providers, we respect all the competitors. The only purpose is to evaluate End User experience regarding Shorthand/Word Expanders in general and FlashType in particular.

MTStars Administration.

Shorthand is not the Windows "shorthand/expander" SM
and has only a virtual tour, not a true demo, so far as I know anyway. The program so misleadingly advertised may be excellent, but it's new and untried, not one of the industry leaders ShortHand is.
Has anyone had problems with their Shorthand text expander? sm
I have had mine for almost 10 years with no problems and suddenly it started not working. The type it button became inactive. At first restarting it fixed it but then that stopped fixing it so I uninstalled and reinstalled and that worked for about a day and then it stopped working again and reinstalling didn't help the next time. Has anyone had this problem?
You need an expander like Instant Text or Shorthand so you don't have to keep converting every ti
Can an expander be created in Shorthand while typing the document?
Or do you have to get out of the document and make up the expansions?  When you download it from the website, do you get any instructions along with the program?  Any other info would be appreciated. 
How do you get the shorthand word expander to work in 'word client'?
POLL: Productivity gain using your expander and what expander you use.
Guess I need to make it work harder.
The shortcuts expander works with the Bayscribe expander as well.
All at the same time.
SpeedType and Shorthand are the exact same program. Shorthand is lots cheaper and also has a trial.
{@KEY BkSp}-pack-per-year is for Shorthand. Using the semicolon works with both Shorthand and

;yo = -year-old

;py= -pack-year


Shorthand and SpeedType are exact same program. Shorthand will cost you lots less.
you can import your autocorrect into Shorthand.
I took shorthand too. But it sure comes in helpful for my expanders. I view words in shorthand for
i did use shorthand once in a job but i was so nervous the "boss" took pity and dictated the report on dictaphone.
If it is Shorthand, save the SPF file to a disk, then if you buy Shorthand yourself....
you can just drop the SPF file into it. That is not dishonest since you are the one who put the macros in. I am sure is it is another Expander there is a way to save the macro file and then drop it in the expander you buy on your own.
Word Expander Programs - Are there any expander programs that are easy to use and learn
that are similar to the MS Word expander?  I prefer something very simple.  I like MS Word expander; however I have gone over my limits and cannot add any more shortcuts so I need a program that will hold a larger amount of shortcuts.   Many thanks.
I have been transcribing for 10 years, 4 at home.  I have never used expanders, do they really help, how hard are they to learn and use?
oh yes! must have an expander! I really

like shorthand and they have a free trial period. I've gotten so that I can't type without it. I abbreviate everthing from phases to everyday words. on average it saves me 3-4 hours of typing a day  (according to the stats it gives you).

shorthand and speedtype are the same except shorthand is cheaper because it only has email support rather than phone support. very, very easy to start and learn....highly recommend  

Shorthand and ABCZ by Jon Knowles. Together they rock.
What expander do you have...most can be ...
recovered.  You just need to know what the files are named and find the right folder...
I type directly into a hospital system. I use S/H and Jon Knowle's word program. About a $120.00 investment has increased my productivity by about 32% last time I check. I type rad reports - get paid by report. Words you type all the time - group together

Ti=there is
tin=there is no
tine=there is no evidence
tineo=there is no evidence of

I used to jot this down and input later but now I do it as I type.

I also browse www.productivitytalk.com very helpful in shortcuts. Give you good ideas.

That's the webside to check out. It's Shorthand. And my supplement word Expander is ABCZ Typing (i.e. osab=osseous abnormality)

website http://home.earthlink.net/agjon/abczrule.htm or

DQS has its own expander, which is okay. SM
You'll get instructions on how to change your expansions over to the DQS program. Good luck on your line count. It will plunge wildly. Mine did. Best wishes to you.
No; expander, expander, expander.
I start out at a higher lph rate and then dwindle down, so the last couple of hours of my sessions are at much lower lph.

I have good and bad dictators, ESLs, and mainly Op Notes. Probably average around 7 to 9 minutes per report.

I cannot stress the Expander enough. I rarely type out anything - have it in my expander.

Mainly, stick to it for 2 hours, take a break; 2 hours, take a break, 2 hours, break, 1 hour. Then I take off 2-3 hours and hit another session of 6 hours which are SLOWER than my first session. I start out doing pretty good and break every 2 hours and am pretty slow (for me) by the time it is over.
DQS has an expander and then
CTS (Spheris software that I use) has Shorthand.
What expander do you use, and
how do you remember them all?
Expander most like DQS

When I worked for MQ, I liked their expansion program - it was simple and I added them as I thought of them.  What expansion program is the most like it?  I'm finding Instant Text to be too cumbersome.

Instant Text is my all time favorite.  It's not cheap but it is well worth the price.
It is WELL worth the price.  I wouldn't be without it.  I have tried others and this one does the most.

It only takes a couple of days to get used to it.  In my opinion, it is much easier than the other expanders.  But like I said, that's my opinion. 

WP expander
I use Instant Text with WP and it works great. Hope this helps.
I do have a word expander, and familiar accounts, but it seems like I just can't get past $600 or $700 a week, no matter how hard I try. I do have small school-age children, which takes up a lot of time (which is my first priority), but it just seems like I'm always at my computer, when I'm not doing "mom" things, and still can't make the good money that I know is out there.
Thanks I will check it out!
I use ShortHand have for about 10 years, I like the flexibility, ease of use, unlimited size. I have different directories for different facilities that have different job specifications. Right now I have version 9.0.
I agree, Instant Text is great!
Have you used this program, the Instant Text. Someone had mentioned "Shorthand" Program to me. Any idea which is better? Thanks for the feedback.
It would help us to know the name of your expander.
Which expander are you using??
For some of the Expanders you can find lists that you can just download and add to your dictionary.  Productivitytalk.com is one that has some for ShortHand and some others.  Use Google to try and find lists to download that are already set up for the Expander you use.  This will save you the time of trying to set up the lists yourself.  Good luck and welcom to the fun....
Boy, me, too -- why pay for an expander - sm
just remember to back them up!  I've got years of stuff in mine--I back it up at least once a week.