Text Expansion: My Up-to-Date Guide

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I’ve written before about the power of text expansion. Although it took me a long time to really get into the swing of typing snippets instead of full-blown words/sentences/etc., the cost has been well worth the result.

While listening to a text expansion-laden episode of Mac Power Users the other day, I realized that I have a lot of snippets I’ve collected; it’s high time that I shared these out in a way consistent with my iOS url scheme guide.

The primary thing to note: all of my snippets are from aText; as such, I offer download links that are compatible with aText. I imagine that the basic concepts relate equally well to TextExpander, etc., but your mileage may vary.


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→ Software Is Hard: What It Takes

Today on the MailDeck blog, I wrote about why software development is hard (and what you can do to help).

Having gotten to know Jack Freeman (CTO of Crono, the makers of MailDeck), my stance in the post is stronger than ever. Independent developers work their tails off (often for very little recognition); at the same time, the software-consuming culture of today’s world has incredibly little respect for those efforts.

I recently saw the following review for a very well known iOS game:

Game is to short (minus 2 star) Gameis far too
expensive and my job is too hard to spend my
money on thís (minus 2 stars). 1 star

Helpful, right? Comments like this are (a) useless and (b) artificially deflate an app’s overall score without any tactile evidence. Reading this one reinvigorated my beliefs: we all owe it to developers to not be flippant with their work.

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Specialty Filing with Hazel

A while back, I explained how I use Hazel to automatically file important statements into Evernote. The strategy I use relies on statement PDFs (which are automatically downloaded from my bank, apartment complex, etc.) containing URLs that describe where they came from; with this information, Hazel can automatically figure out which of my many rules to apply.

Recently, I came across a scenario that my current setup didn’t cover: what should happen to statements that are manually saved as PDFs (and thus, don’t carry any information about the URL they were downloaded from) and have generic filenames?


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Link Mash (July 17, 2014)

The weekly Link Mash is a curated selection of tools, stories, and other links that I found during my travels on the web. All of my links can be found on my Pinboard; you can also find the Link Mash archives here.

This Link Mash was generated by PinPress, a simple tool to generate text templates from Pinboard data.

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→ Overcast

Marco Arment on the release of Overcast, his long-in-the-making podcast app for iOS:

When I finally started the beta, I expected to ship within two weeks. That was over two months ago, and I’m glad, because my beta testers pushed me to make it much better. I owe them quite a bit of gratitude.

It’s been a long road, but 1.0 is finally done. I’m proud of what I’m shipping today.

A great app (so far) by a great indie developer. Get out there and support him.

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