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Type an em-dash on an iPhone

Typography and punctuation geeks rejoice! It's easy to type an em-dash on the iPhone's or iPod touch's virtual keyboard. To do so, tap the .?123 key to switch to the numeric keypad. Then touch and hold on the Hyphen key to reveal a pop-up strip showing an em-dash. Slide to the em-dash and release your finger.

Note that this basic trick works with many other keys on the virtual keyboard.

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OmniOutliner 4.0.1

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The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner 4.0.1, a maintenance release to the flexible outline and information organization app (reviewed this week by Jeff Carlson in “OmniOutliner 4 Refines the Outlining Process,” 31 January 2014). The new release updates a couple of templates (including Blank and Muted) and adds the new Compact template (essentially the same as Blank but with no row or note padding), plus adds a new tutorial section to the in-app help. The update also fixes issues with sorting, styles, and HTML exports; ensures inline images are displayed when using Quick Look; and disables Tooltips for truncated rows until they can be properly implemented in a later release. Also, as noted in Jeff’s article, version 4.0.1 introduced a bug where the outline doesn’t show the results of Move keyboard commands when the cursor is within a row. Omni is aware of the bug, and it should be fixed in the next release. OmniOutliner is available in a Standard edition for $49.99 and a Pro edition for $99.99, with the latter receiving AppleScript support, additional export formats, and a number of interface customizations. Note that as of this writing, neither the Standard or Pro editions in the Mac App Store have been updated to version 4.0.1. ($49.99 new, free update, 43.3 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
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