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You can include a clickable link in a TextExpander snippet. Here's how:

  1. Create a new snippet.
  2. From the Content menu (just above the snippet body), choose Content: Formatted Text, Picture.
  3. Put a full URL in the snippet body, such as http://www.smilesoftware.com/
  4. Control-click the link text and choose Make Link from the pop-up menu.

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8

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Smile has updated both PDFpen and PDFpenPro to version 5.8, which brings support for iCloud folders to the PDF-manipulation applications. While support for accessing PDF files in iCloud was added previously (see “PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.7,” 25 January 2012), this update improves sharing of iCloud folders between the Mac app and PDFpen for iPad (now updated to version 1.1). You can now create new folders, rename folders, and move documents via drag-and-drop. The update also fixes some OCR issues, drops support for 32-bit Intel processors, and offers other unnamed minor fixes and improvements. Smile also has updated to version 1.1 the PDFpen Cloud Access Mac utility (available from the Mac App Store for $0.99). It’s required for iCloud access for those who purchased either PDFpen or PDFpenPro directly from Smile instead of through the Mac App Store, since only applications sold through the Mac App Store can tie into iCloud. ($59.95/$99.95 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, 43.3 MB)

In addition to improved iCloud folder management, PDFpen for iPad 1.1 has been optimized for the Retina display and enables page rotation. It’s available from the App Store for an introductory price of $9.99 until 1 May 2012 (after which the price increases to $14.99).

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Smile's PDFpen 5 offers many of the features of Adobe Acrobat Pro at a fraction of the price. With this 132-page ebook, written in collaboration with Smile, you will learn the best ways to use PDFpen to fill out and sign PDF forms, comment on shared PDFs, edit text and graphics, and even scan documents to editable PDFs.

 

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Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
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Comments about PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8
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Tommy Friedmann  2012-04-30 16:41
Hi
Just curious how you tell the App store you are a Tidbits member to get the 20% discount.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-05-01 06:15
You can't - the TidBITS member discount is good only for orders made directly from Smile, because Apple hasn't seen fit to allow developers to offer discounts. Sorry!