Posts Tagged “textexpander”

  • Minimalist text expansions, a TextExpander experiment

    So I've been conducting an experiment: using TextExpander for what it was originally designed for. I've slowly been building a set of shortcuts for common and already short words that I type frequently. Actually getting around to trying this was inspired by TextExpander's recent addition of alerts when you type something enough times that it decides you might as well make a snippet for it.…

  • The TextExpander subscription snafu

    Smile switched the TextExpander business model to a subscription plan last week, and the response was close to vitriolic from the community. I decided to hold off on saying anything until I had a bit more info.…

  • Swearing politely with TextExpander

    I make a concerted effort to not curse online. I've broken that rule more often in recent years, but never cursing online for 20 years served me well. Especially these days on Facebook, where my family (and friends who don't know me as well but actually see me face to face) frequent, it tends to be bad form. (Rory Vaden discusses this in Take the Stairs, and he and I dive in a bit on Systematic 126).…

  • TextExpander 5 JavaScript snippets

    I mentioned the release of TextExpander 5 last week, and the fact that it now allows snippets to be written using JavaScript.…

  • TextExpander 5

    Smile has officially released TextExpander 5 for Mac. I've been in on the beta test round and I'm excited about all of the new features. Smile is a long-time supporter of this blog, but my love of TextExpander requires no remuneration this post is straight from my heart.…

  • Movie quote lipsum for TextExpander

    I've been feeling horrible about my lack of posting recently, so this morning I decided to make something to share. It's an addition to my Lorem Ipsum set of TextExpander tools. I know, again with the Lipsum.…

  • Save even more time with TextExpander snippet nesting

    One of the features that TextExpander offers is the ability to nest snippets inside of one another. This has a lot of applications, but one of the handiest is the ability to separate commonly-used sections of snippets that are subject to change. Doing so allows you to update a single snippet and have all other snippets that reference that information update automatically.…

  • Web Excursions for August 04, 2014
  • Recap: Mar 26th, 2014

    Sponsor: TextExpander (Mar 13th) : Big thanks to TextExpander and Smile for their continued support. If you're not already using TextExpander, I think you're crazy.…

  • Automating dynamic date math in TextExpander

    Here's a TextExpander trick for automating dynamic portions of snippets. It's a way to allow the power of shell scripting inside of regular text snippets, avoiding extra fill-ins or running two snippets. First, a short backstory.…

  • TextExpander and Lorem Ingsoc in Wonderland

    I've updated the Random Lipsums group in the TextExpander Tools. Again. I removed some services that weren't working any more, and expanded some of the other tools. The biggest new addition is a Random Markdown generator, complete with tables, definition lists, footnotes and more. It's perfect for testing stylesheets and, if you happen to develop a Markdown preview app, it's also perfect for testing various processors. There are also versions included in the snippet group that include Maruku…

  • TextExpander tools updated for Mavericks

    The TextExpander Tools have been updated to fix many of the snippets in the Tools group, including the URL shortening and creation snippets. You can download them from the TE-Snippets page, and if you've added the group as a URL it should automatically update.…

  • Wallflowers: my favorite OS X augmentations

    There are quite a few apps on my machine that run in the background, waiting for that moment when they get to shine. These apps augment the OS X experience in ways that I'd have trouble functioning without.…

  • Sponsor: Smile

    I have the honor of being directly sponsored by Smile this week. In addition to being great people, as the creators of TextExpander, TextExpander touch, PDFpen for OS X, and PDFpen for iPad and iPhone, Smile is one of my favorite groups of developers.…

  • TextExpander iOS Markdown fix for Drafts 3

    I updated the iOS Markdown group of the TextExpander Tools to trigger "[(cursor)]" on "[]" instead of "[[", which should avoid problems with Drafts 3 templates.…

  • Mass creating TextExpander snippets

    I ran into a situation yesterday where I wanted to create over a thousand TextExpander snippets. I won't go into detail about why, but I thought I'd share my solution. In my case, I was working with a huge CSV file where one field would be the abbreviation and another would be the expansion. The script I'm sharing below only works with CSV files containing two fields (abbreviation, expansion), but it can easily be extrapolated to work with much more complex sources of data.…

  • A couple of new TextExpander snippets

    I added a couple of simple TextExpander snippets to the Tools set. The first pair grabs the current (foreground) url from Chrome or Safari and inserts it, the second pair does the same but shortens with Bit.ly.…

  • New TextExpander tools for bitly and CloudApp

    I added a couple of new snippets to the Tools section of the TextExpander tools this morning. One expands bit.ly urls, and one grabs the direct link to a Cloud.app upload.…

  • TextExpander Tools updated

    I've posted a much-needed update to my TextExpander Tools collection. About 60% of the snippets have been updated/repaired. You can find them all and subscribe or download them (and customize the prefixes) with my TE-snippet tool. If you're currently subscribed to any of the Snippet groups, your snippets will update automatically. I didn't change any shortcuts, but I removed some snippets that relied on no-longer-existing services and added a few new ones.…

  • Auto-pairing for MarsEdit and TextEdit using TextExpander

    Chetan Kunte recently sent me a TextExpander experiment he was working on, and I thought I'd post it and my explorations of it. It's designed to add auto-pairing for bracket and quote characters to MarsEdit, and it's based on a bit of information that I hadn't been aware of before.…

  • TextExpander tools for AppleScript editing

    I added a new group to the TextExpander Tools collection this morning: a set of snippets for working in AppleScript editor. The group is pretty barebones right now, but handy nonetheless. Feel free to submit any additions or expansions you come up with, I'll gladly include them in the set (and credit you publicly).…

  • Mac App Giveaway: TextExpander

    Since it's Black Friday, I'm going to run a second giveaway today: TextExpander. It's one of my all-time favorite Mac utilities, and I have quite a few free snippets available to demonstrate its usefulness. It's available in the Mac App Store for US $34.99, and it's worth every penny. Today, though, you can comment below and be entered for a chance at one of three free licenses.…

  • Natural language dates for TextExpander

    I had a strong urge to make a new TextExpander snippet this morning. I think the Date Math features of TextExpander that Donald Curtis turned me on to with his Date Time group got me thinking.…

  • New: TextExpander downloads with custom prefixes

    Hey, TextExpander users! Wanna see something cool? I made a little tool this morning to allow any of my TextExpander groups to be installed with your own custom prefix. You can now use whatever is "standard" for your shortcuts. All of the group links on the project page now go to this tool, and you can open it directly for access to all of my groups.…

  • Additional Characters for TextExpander

    Thanks to Thomas Borowski, the Characters group in my TextExpander project has been expanded to include Home, End, Control, Escape, Enter and Delete symbols. Check it out on the TextExpander project page. If you already have the group installed from the URL, you can update it from within TextExpander.…

  • Filesystem navigation with TextExpander

    I just added a TextExpander group called "Filesystem" to my TextExpander project page. It's just a small set of paths that I find myself typing often in support emails, but here's the cool part: they also work in "Go to folder" mode in Finder dialogs.…

  • Dynamic placeholder images, now with kittens

    Thanks to Michael Jones for brightening an otherwise dull day for me. He pointed me to placekitten, a site that mimics placehold.it and inserts dummy images into HTML mockups for you. The difference being that placekitten does it with pictures of, yes, kittens.…

  • Markdown snippets for TextExpander touch

    It may come as a surprise to some (many), but I've never really made effective use of TextExpander on my iPad or iPhone (TextExpander touch). I don't do a lot of the things on my iPad which I do on my desktop, and the things that are similar often don't support TE. When I want to write some Markdown quickly, I use Nebulous Notes with my custom macros. Lastly, my shell scripts don't work on iOS, and most of my favorite snippets are, as you've seen, shell scripts.…

  • Dammit. Again with the Lipsum.

    I know, I said I was done with the Lorem Ipsum generators. Then Dr. Drang responded with a brilliant solution which doesn't require Internet access to generate some beautiful dummy text. I set it up and ran it myself, and loved the results. Then I found myself wanting to expand it to do more, such as multiple paragraphs, list items and other things I use regularly when making dummy layouts. The problem is that I'm only good for one-liners in Perl, and didn't want to take take the time to learn…

  • One more time: TextExpander Lipsum snippets with kwisatz .hadera .ch

    Ok, this is the last TextExpander Lipsum post, I promise (with my fingers crossed). I'm posting a full TextExpander group with all of the TextExpander random Lorem Ipsum generators I've posted so far (LoremIpsum.com, LoremIpscream), plus some new ones based on the Kwisatz Haderach generator. That one seemed to make a few people pretty happy (looking at MacSparky). It combines word lists from various "universes," including Dune, Foundation, Ringworld, Harry Potter and Doctor Who (Doctor Who…

  • TextExpander lipsum followup, with ice cream

    It turns out it was me that was broken, not the Loremipscream API. That API can return just plain text, so the shell scripts are much more readable than trying to hack apart XML in Bash. You can get a list of "flavors" from the website, or just curl "http://loremipscream.com/flavors.xml" from the command line. That will also give you the slugs you need to use when calling them.…

  • Random Lipsum for TextExpander

    I hate it when I get an idea for something simple and end up spending an hour figuring out how to do it. I figured I'd make a post out of it to make myself feel better. It all started with my being disappointed that the Loripscream API wasn't working. I did a little digging and found that had a not-well-publicized XML feed you can pull from. That's where the fun began.…

  • TextExpander: bit.ly with authentication

    A quick script in response to Donald's query on my TextExpander Experiments post. He wanted to know if I could make the bit.ly script which expands to a bit.ly-shortened version of a url in the clipboard work with an authenticated account, presumably for click tracking. Well, sure! Just adjust the script below to contain your bit.ly username and your API key (in lines 6 & 7), and replace the existing script in the TextExpander experiments bundle with this one (or create a new snippet with the…

  • Instant placeholder images with TextExpander

    When designing for the web, placeholder images can come in handy during initial layout, and even during wireframing, if you happen to wireframe in markup. I've been using a TextExpander snippet to generate instant placeholder images at any size (almost) and with appropriate titles using Placehold.it. It's a really handy snippet to have in your web design toolkit.…

  • TextExpander experiments

    I've seen a few people around the 'net sharing their TextExpander snippets, so I thought I'd join in. Not familiar with TextExpander? It's a Mac utility that expands short snippets into full text you've defined. There are quite a few programs that do text expansion (see Typinator), but TextExpander currently holds my heart because of its extra features such as shell scripting, completion suggestion and a new Fill dialog for variable input.…