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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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NoteTaker 1.5: Even More Noteworthy

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NoteTaker 1.5: Even More Noteworthy -- AquaMinds has released version 1.5 of their flagship outliner, NoteTaker, with many improvements (see "Take Note of NoteTaker" in TidBITS-677). References to external files are now aliases, which work even if a target file is moved. Clippings can now be more informative about their source; for example, clipping text from a Web browser identifies the source by application and URL. A new Find All button gathers links to all search results in a single drawer. A history of visited pages is maintained; you can view it, or just step back and forward as in a browser. Links can now emanate from a stretch of text (not just an entry as a whole). Keyboard navigation is much improved, and menu keyboard shortcuts are completely customizable; the look of documents can be heavily customized as well. All NoteTaker documents in your Documents folder are now treated as a library; thus, they are listed in a drawer in any document, and you can open any page of, and search in, a library document even if it isn't open to begin with. All sections and pages in the current document are also listed in this drawer, so you can navigate to a specific page easily. The upgrade is free for registered users, otherwise NoteTaker 1.5 costs $70, or $40 for academic use, and a free 30-day trial version is available as a 5.7 MB download. NoteTaker 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. [MAN]

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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>