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Shorten URLs in TextExpander

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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TextExpander 4.0.1

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Smile has released TextExpander 4.0.1, a maintenance follow-up for the recently updated typing shortcut utility with a modicum of fixes and improvements. The release restores transparency to menu bar icon, makes the checkbox label clickable for optional section fill-ins, and updates its help section for Japanese and Italian localizations. Additionally, equality abbreviations in the Symbol group now end with two equal signs (such as “>==”). It’s rounded out by many other unnamed minor fixes and improvements. ($34.95 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, $15 upgrade (free for purchases after 15 January 2012), free update, 8.5 MB)

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Put more effort into creative thought and less into repetitive typing with TextExpander 4, the award-winning text expansion utility from Smile. Whether you want to type faster or you already use TextExpander but want to harness its power more fully, let author Michael Cohen help you save time and lead you to typing nirvana.

 

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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Comments about TextExpander 4.0.1
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robert blunt  2012-08-10 00:05
HI there. The other day on Mac Break Weekly, Leo was doing an add for Smile software regarding Textexpander. He mentioned that TidBits had made some great snippets that can be shared . Is this true? If so how can I get some Thanks.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-08-10 09:18
I suspect Leo was talking about the TidBITS AutoCorrect Dictionary, which is available within TextExpander as a predefined group. Choose File > Add Predefined Group... and select it.

Here's where that dictionary comes from.

http://tidbits.com/article/6103
robert blunt  2012-08-10 19:58
Thanks Adam. I'll check it out. I hope to see you on Mac Break Weekly in the near future.