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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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Atlassian Sponsoring TidBITS -- Two weeks, two new long-term sponsors! It's great to see new companies recognizing the effectiveness of sponsoring TidBITS.

This week we're pleased to welcome to our core group of sponsors Atlassian, a small Australian company that makes a pair of fascinating products for organizations looking to make their project teams more effective. JIRA is a full-featured issue tracking and project management application designed to help a team track bugs, feature requests, and tasks through the lifespan of a project. JIRA automatically generates project roadmaps, manages access by users and groups, integrates with other systems (including email, Excel, XML, and CVS), and offers full-text searching and filtering. Along with JIRA, Atlassian also makes Confluence, a knowledge management tool that lets project teams share information quickly and flexibly. Confluence is essentially a wiki, a Web server that allows anyone with access to edit any page. A well-designed wiki is a great way to share information among a group, and Confluence offers full-text searching, built-in commenting, email notifications, and detailed security levels. Both JIRA and Confluence are J2EE-based, so they'll run on a wide variety of platforms, including Mac OS X, other flavors of Unix, and Windows.


Although you can of course read more about JIRA and Confluence online, Atlassian will also be exhibiting at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference from 28-Jun-04 through 02-Jul-04 in San Francisco, so if you're attending WWDC, I encourage you to talk with them there in person (and mention that you heard about them from TidBITS!); it's a lot easier than flying to Sydney for most people. [ACE]



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