Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
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.

Submitted by
John W Baxter

 

 

Related Articles

 

 

Obnoxious QuickTime Licensing Policies

Send Article to a Friend

On the heels of releasing QuickTime 3.0 (see the MailBIT "Apple Ships QuickTime 3.0" in TidBITS 422), Apple has without warning unveiled new licensing policies for shipping QuickTime with Macintosh or Windows 95/NT products. Developers were able to ship QuickTime 2.x with products free of charge. However, to ship software with QuickTime 3.0, developers must pay Apple $1 for every copy of the product sold. Apple will waive this fee if programs play the "Get QuickTime Pro" movie when their product installs and copy that movie to the desktop every time their product launches (unless it's already there or QuickTime Pro is installed). This policy has been dubbed "desktop spamming" and sets an alarming precedent, since it produces end-user animosity, opportunities for malicious Trojan Horses, and technical support burdens. To ship QuickTime 3 Pro, developers must pay $2 per copy.

At the same time - and also without warning - Apple has discontinued licensing for QuickTime 2.x, the most recent version that functions with Windows 3.1. Developers planning to ship QuickTime products for Windows 3.1 - still an important market - are now rapidly looking for alternatives. Further, since there is no QuickTime 3-compatible Director Xtra for QuickTime VR, terminating QuickTime 2.x licensing hamstrings products using QuickTime VR with Macromedia Director - developers can't make products that use QuickTime 3.0 and can't ship products built with QuickTime 2.x.

 

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>