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Use LaunchBar
Authored by: stokini on Oct 04, '04 02:51:31PM

I use LaunchBar for that. Just save any text as a file ending with either ".clip.txt" or ".clip.rtf". Then type command-space to activate LaunchBar, type the abbreviation for a text clipping you've saved, press return, and the contents of the file are inserted at the cursor location.

In Mail, for example, I use it when I want to give someone my address and phone numbers. I named my clipping "contact info.clip.txt", so I type command-space, the letters c-o-n, and return. Very quick and easy, and no need to reach for the mouse.

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Use SpellCatcher
Authored by: PaulIngraham on Oct 04, '04 11:45:23PM

There's an even better solution, I think. I was a TypeIt4Me user for many years, and I am a LaunchBar enthusiast now... but Spell Catcher (developer is at is hands down the best tool for this job (and many others). It's a cross-application spell checker -- one spelling reference for all applications -- with numerous additional writing and editing tools. Best of all are the powerful shorthand features.

I am health care professional, and I use hundreds of Spell Catcher shorthands in my clinical charting. For years now, I have been using Spell Catcher to write words like "sternocleidomastoid" by typing "scm". I routinely insert even very large strings, like the shorthand "1stappt" expanding into a message several paragraphs long that I send to every new client. It's fast, reliable, highly configurable, and actively developed and supported.

The shorthand features also integrate well with the spell checking (for instance, you can expand shorthands while typing, or you can wait and do them all at once as part of a spell-check).

Seriously, SpellCatcher is the only application I use that is more integrated into my workflow than LaunchBar, and that's saying a lot. Check it out.

(No, I don't work for the company. Just like the product. :-)

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Use SpellCatcher
Authored by: Pierre Igot on Oct 05, '04 09:37:28PM

I concur. Spell Catcher X is by far the best tool for this kind of thing. I am also a devoted LaunchBar user, but there is no way that I could use it for intensive shorthand use the way I use Spell Catcher. You need to a tool that can expand abbreviations automatically as you type, without having to invoke a list of entries or use a special keyboard shortcut.

As for TypeIt4Me, I have never used it in Mac OS X, but what I can say is that Spell Catcher X doesn't suffer from the problems described by Ether in TypeIt4Me. It performs very well and actually helps with the annoying stalling problems in Word X/Word 2004!

Spell Catcher also provides lots of additional functionality, such as support for multiple languages, automatic punctuation, autocompletion with Address Book data, etc.

Simply put, no one using Mac OS X for writing should be without it -- unless you actually enjoy typing out stuff in full over and over again, that is :).

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Use LaunchBar - does this work?
Authored by: jfrankov on Oct 27, '04 03:16:59AM

when i do this, the file opens up in textedit. it doesn't insert the files contents into my Mail message. am i doing something wrong?

Jason Frankovitz

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