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Avoid Simple Typos

If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.

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Mellel 3.2.7

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Smoothing out the rough spots, RedleX has released Mellel 3.2.7 with several fixes to improve stability and performance. The word processor gets a fix for a crash that occurred with the Spotlight plug-in when trying to index template files, adds support for small caps in formatted citations and bibliographies, fixes a problem with non-functioning smart quotes in OS X 10.9 Mavericks using the Hebrew keyboard layout, avoids a crash when Mellel scanned documents containing empty citations, and fixes a problem with Bookends 12.0.6 that prevented live bibliographies from functioning correctly. As of this writing, the Mac App Store version remains at version 3.2.6. ($39 new from RedleX and the Mac App Store, free update, 97.7 MB, release notes)

 

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
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>