Posts tagged ‘textexpander’

Quicker Markdown linking with TextExpander

I listened to the Mac Power Users TextExpander episode today and noticed that I come off as a bit of a dick, always correcting others. This was surprising only inasmuch as I wasn’t on the show. Normally, I have to be present to demonstrate my dickishness, but David and Katie have dealt with me enough…


TextExpander date snippets via bash

You have, presumably seen this post by David Sparks, in which he provides a bunch of TextExpander snippets for showing dates and times in different formats, some of which involve calendrical calculations. That’s a combination of topics I simply cannot resist commenting on. First, if you download his snippet collection and double-click on the file,…


Unsolicited TextExpander advice

This afternoon, Merlin Mann tweeted a link to a set of his TextExpander snippets: As requested, here’s a few of the random TextExpander 4 snippets I mentioned in Back to Work #116:i-0.us/18vNRnM— Merlin Mann (@hotdogsladies) Thu May 2 2013 2:41 PM CDT I will not comment on how foolish I think it is for Merlin…


Lucky 13

A couple of days ago, David Sparks tweeted a link to a site that will convert any text message into the equivalent string of ones and zeros. I just sent an email calling a friend a really bad name in binary and it was kind of fun. roubaixinteractive.com/PlayGround/Bin…— David Sparks (@MacSparky) Wed Feb 20 2013…


TextExpander, POSIX paths, and forgetfulness

It’s not uncommon for me to be working in the Terminal and want to insert the directory path of the topmost Finder window into a command. Maybe I want to cd into it; maybe I want to copy a file to it from the directory I’m currently working in. Whatever the reason, it comes up…


Eight days a week

Longtime readers of this blog—both of you—know I’m a sucker for date and calendar calculations. I suppose it’s because I spend all my professional time calculating with floating point numbers. The beautiful work that can be done with integers only is fascinating to me. So yesterday when I saw this tweet from Justin Lancy, A…


Search me

It’s been a busy week at work, and what little evening time I had I spent avoiding thought. I’m still not ready to write a real post, but I thought it worth sharing this little TextExpander tip. A couple of days ago, Michael Schechter tweeted about using his blog as sort of a personal journal.…


The Safari 6 URL crisis

There’s a small crisis spreading across that part of the Mac world that’s upgraded to Mountain Lion and/or Safari 6. The crisis has been triggered by this behavior: when you enter search terms in the omnibar and go to the Google results page, the search terms don’t get replaced by the URL of the Google…


Markdown reference links from Safari tabs

There is absolutely nothing original in this post. The idea for grabbing all the open browser tabs and turning them into Markdown reference links is stolen directly from the Tabs to References command in Brett Terpstra’s Blogsmith Bundle. I don’t use Blogsmith because over the years I’ve developed my own idiosyncratic set of blogging commands,…


Finding man pages on the web with TextExpander 4

You know by now that TextExpander 4 is out and that its fill-ins feature comes with more options: default values, multiline text fields, optional sections, and popup menus. You can read about them on Smile’s site or see them in action in David Sparks’s screencast. I haven’t started digging too deeply into the new stuff,…