Smile - née SmileOnMyMac - has upgraded its typing shortcut utility TextExpander to version 3.1.1. The maintenance release fixes a couple of serious bugs, including a potential crash and an issue that could cause you to lose all your saved snippets (the customizable shortcuts that you type to trigger longer text strings). The update also includes a fix for the Adapt to Case option. ($34.95 new, free update, 4.4 MB)
Adding Links in Snow Leopard's Mail
Apple Mail in Snow Leopard now has a Command-key shortcut for adding a link to an email.
If you use plain-text email, this will not be helpful at all, but if you send styled email, it's a nice shortcut for adding URLs to your email messages. Simply select the word(s) you want to make into a link, press Command-K, and enter the URL to build into the link.
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It's no longer a system extension, but an application (though you wouldn't know this unless you looked hard). So it doesn't mess up anything in the system. The application is system wide, as always and works in every application, including the Finder, unless you specify otherwise.
Using this, I have built up a "shorthand system" that speeds up my typing enormously. I do a lot of typing, so this really helps.