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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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FileMaker Pro 2.0v2 Update

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As a follow-up to my FileMaker Pro 2.0 review in TidBITS-150, note that Claris is now shipping FileMaker Pro 2.0v2. Several areas of improvement and squished bugs include Apple events, Browse Mode, Define Fields, Find Mode, Import/Export, Printing, ScriptMaker, and network operation. Specifics can be found in Claris support areas on major online services, and the details also ship with the update. This maintenance release is free to all registered owners of FileMaker Pro 2.0v1, but it is not automatic. You can order the update by calling Claris at the number below.

My review mentioned FileMaker Pro's inability to dial phone numbers from within the application. The expected flood of little applications that would use Apple events to remedy this situation has yet to appear. What has appeared, however, is InTouch 2.0, a great little DA address book that does a multitude of things very well. It comes with a Control Panel called Snap*, which interacts with the DA from within other applications, even when InTouch is not open. Snap* can also dial a phone number from within any application by pressing a user-defined hot key. I've tested it with FileMaker Pro 2.0v2 on my extension-laden Mac and it worked like the proverbial charm. No hacks, macros, or Apple events required. You could even highlight the Claris number below and dial it from within this file. InTouch 2.0 is from Advanced Software, who seem to be taking their name seriously.

Claris -- 800/544-8554
Advanced Software -- 408/733-0745

 

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