Posts tagged ‘textexpander’

TextExpander and Numbers

When Apple revived the iWork apps after their four-year coma, users soon found that the newly awakened versions were diminished. Some of the features that were cut have been brought back, but the ability to define named constants in Numbers—which I used in my expense report template—has not reappeared. I’ve learned, though, that I can…


Modular URL shortening TextExpander snippets

Yesterday, John Flavin pointed out that my TextExpander snippets for getting Google-shortened URLs could be built better: @drdrang Why repeat the ;furl code here? Why not just use %snippet:;furl% and make the whole thing a TE shell script?— John Flavin (@JFlavin) Aug 3 2014 11:11 AM He’s right. Although I was thinking my snippets had…


Hodgepodge

A little followup on recent posts: Path Finder trial After what I thought was a fair trial of Path Finder, I’m back using to using the regular ol’ Finder again. I didn’t run across anything especially bad about Path Finder, but I didn’t run across anything compelling, either. About a week ago, after a couple…


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.…