Let TypeIt4Me Type It For You -- There used to be a New York City subway ad that read, "If u c rd ths, u c gt a gd jb as a sec." The ad suggested that you were intelligent for realizing that this stood for, "If you can read this, you can get a good job as a secretary." This was supposed to make you want to attend the school that sponsored the ad, where presumably you'd learn a whole set of quick abbreviations for use in your secretarial note-taking. Well, if you'd gone to that school, you could now be the world's fastest typist! Because, with TypeIt4Me, you can type those abbreviations and have them be expanded automatically, in real time. TypeIt4Me is like Microsoft Word's AutoCorrect or AutoText feature, substituting an expansion for an abbreviation as you type - except that it works in just about any application. I use it to provide my phone number to email correspondents, to enter code quickly when giving a lecture about REALbasic or AppleScript, and to type frequently used words that have weird capitalization (like "TidBITS"). The new version, 2.0, fixes many bugs; among new features, it makes your use of multiple abbreviation files easier by listing them all in its menu so you can switch among them (indeed, this was a feature I never used previously because switching files, and knowing which file you were using, was too difficult). You can also specify that a particular file should come into play automatically when a particular application is frontmost. TypeIt4Me 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or higher and is a 2 MB download; it costs $27 (a free upgrade for registered version 1 users). [MAN]
New Documents in Snow Leopard's TextEdit
In the Snow Leopard version of TextEdit, you can now create a new document by Control-clicking TextEdit's Dock icon (when it's running), and choosing New Document from the pop-up menu. This isn't a major feature, of course, since you can also just press Command-N while in TextEdit, but consider Control-clicking other applications' Dock icons to see what functions they might make available.
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