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If your Twitter client doesn't automatically shorten URLs for you, you can use TextExpander to shrink those long links to tweetable lengths. First, add the Internet Productivity group by choosing File > Add Predefined Group > Internet Productivity Snippets. Then, to shorten a URL using a service like TinyURL, copy the destination URL to the clipboard, and type the abbreviation /tinyurl to insert the shortened URL at the insertion point.

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With Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Apple included Font Book, a font management utility. But people who are serious about managing their fonts quickly found that it wasn't competition for a real font manager like Insider Software's FontAgent Pro. For those who work with fonts on a daily basis, FontAgent Pro offers a powerful set of features for managing, organizing, activating, exporting, viewing, and even repairing fonts. FontAgent Pro was built from the ground up as a Cocoa application for Mac OS X, and it offers drag-and-drop functionality in an Aqua interface.

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In this week's DealBITS drawing, we're giving away a boxed copy of FontAgent Pro, valued at $99.95. Those who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on FontAgent Pro. Enter at the DealBITS page linked below, and be sure to read and agree to the drawing rules on that page. As always, all information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Lastly, check your spam filters, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won.

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
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