In my work, there are several things I find myself having to type over and over: a specific URL, pieces of text (my clients all seem to ask the same questions) or email signatures. You know the stuff, you’ve got it too.
Luckily, I found THE best tool to allow me to be supremely lazy and yet still get out all the info I need: TextExpander from Smile on My Mac. I love this little bit of software goodness. All I have to do is type in a few letters and poof (it even makes a satisfying “poof” noise!) TextExpander pops in my text. Short text or long, doesn’t matter. This also works with fully formatted text and images. So nifty. Mac users can get more info here and watch a cool, short video tutorial here. (There’s music on that link to the video, so turn down the volume before you click if need be. Just sayin’.)
They let you try TextExpander for free, so, no risk. I did and after my trial had no problem at all paying the $30 price. It’s that good. Promise. (And don’t worry, I’m not being paid or even trying to be paid for suggesting this software. I just couldn’t live without it at this point and had to share.)
Since there are still (STILL) people using PCs I guess, I did some digging and found what seems to be a useful equivalent called ActiveWords . The folks at Lifehacker say “In all my years on a Microsoft-based PC, I would say this is one of the best pieces of ware you could install on the platform”. Ok, great, that seems pretty positive. I haven’t used it, but couldn’t leave our PC readers hanging. Let me know what you think.