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If your Twitter client doesn't automatically shorten URLs for you, you can use TextExpander to shrink those long links to tweetable lengths. First, add the Internet Productivity group by choosing File > Add Predefined Group > Internet Productivity Snippets. Then, to shorten a URL using a service like TinyURL, copy the destination URL to the clipboard, and type the abbreviation /tinyurl to insert the shortened URL at the insertion point.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/07-Jun-04

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Mac Browser Security Hole -- Readers continue to discuss the Mac OS X security vulnerabilities discovered over the past few weeks (23 messages)

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Tactile Pro Keyboard feedback -- TidBITS sponsor Matias asks for reader opinion on offering a keyboard with modified Option and Control keys. (7 messages)

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Ideal auto-save behavior -- Several programs offer the capability to save your data automatically while you work, but how well do they accomplish this task? (4 messages)

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FrameMaker replacements -- Adobe announced that it will no longer develop its long-document layout program. What other tools are available, and how do they compete with FrameMaker - if at all? (16 messages)

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How Envision should work -- The beta release of Open Door Software's Envision prompts comparisons to digital picture frames, as well as suggestions for the upcoming 1.0 version of the Web image viewing application. (2 messages)

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
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