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DealBITS Drawing: SmileOnMyMac's TextExpander

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One of the most venerable categories of utility software is that of the abbreviation expander. It's not surprising - computers are supposed to save us work, and who wants to type their entire snail mail address by hand every time when you could type "sm" and have a utility replace that with the full address? SmileOnMyMac recently acquired and updated Peter Maurer's highly regarded Textpander utility (and renamed it TextExpander), making it an excellent choice among these programs. Its expansions (which it calls "snippets") can include formatted text and graphics, are sensitive to the case of the abbreviation, and can themselves contain abbreviations that will be expanded too, thus providing nested snippets. It provides a menu in the menubar and another in the Services menu for entering snippets, repositions the cursor after expansion, and it can both export snippets and import them from competing utilities.


In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of five copies of TextExpander, each worth $29.95. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on TextExpander, so be sure to enter at the DealBITS page linked below. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won - one person whose name was chosen as a winner in the last DealBITS drawing didn't receive her prize because my email messages to her bounced repeatedly. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize as a reward for spreading the word.



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