Thanks to Our Weekly Sponsor: TextExpander

If you regularly find yourself typing the same piece of text over and over again, TextExpander could be a real life-saver. It’s a simple way to store a library of regularly used text snippets, and easily recall them using a pre-defined keyword.

I use TextExpander countless times every day, and it comes in handy all the time. Whether you often send out very similar emails, or just like to speed up your coding, you should definitely give TextExpander a try.

Version 3 brings a range of new features, including fill-in-the-blank snippets, shortcuts for entering new snippets, a shortcut to edit the last expanded snippet, and snippet search and suggestion via a quick keyboard shortcut. There’s an excellent video tutorial that demonstrates all of TextExpander’s features, including these new ones.

We also have an exclusive discount code for AppStorm readers, good for 20% off the full version TextExpander (single license or family pack). Just use the code APPSTORMTE when checking out, and be sure to do so before it expires on the 5th December!


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  • I agree, TextExpander is a wonderful utility – I can’t imagine using my Mac without it. I have abbreviations for boilerplate text (e.g. the text of an e-mail message that I send out frequently) as well as common words (e.g. “dmon” expands to Monday and “uvan” expands to Vancouver). It’s also handy for inserting the date and time (e.g. my “ddate” Snippet inserts the current date as 2010.11.29 into the text).

    It’s also worth noting that TextExpander is available for both the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad and is supported by a growing number of apps. I frequently use it with both Things and Simplenote. Snippets created on the Mac can be transferred to the iOS app, which is handy. It would be even better if there were a way to keep the Snippets in sync between all devices.

    • You should be able to keep them in sync by having TE sync the snippets with Dropbox (in the preferences). Does it not work with iPhone/iPad?

  • Synchronization via MobileMe and Dropbox is supported in the Mac version – very handy if you want to share Snippets between two Macs. Though, I don’t see any sign of sync support on the iOS version of TextExpander. Hopefully this is something that is in the works.