TextExpander sale: Get 60% off award-winning typing shortcut tool

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TextExpander is the award winning tool for cutting extraneous typing and boosting productivity
TextExpander is the award winning tool for cutting extraneous typing and boosting productivity
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When you spend a lot of time typing, you waste a lot of it by typing the same thing over and over. TextExpander is a well-known, award-winning app for cutting down on your most-used phrases and text-based tasks with custom shortcuts and automatically populated fields.

Using this software will add up to a saving of precious minutes and hours. And right now, you can get a year-long TextExpander subscription for $19.98 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Quit wasting valuable time repeating yourself as you type [Deals]

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TextExpander takes (some) of the pain out of repetitive typing.
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If you spend any amount of time at the keyboard, you’re wasting a surprising amount of it. Whether signing off on emails, filling out data fields, or writing a line of code, there’s a long list of phrases we needlessly write out repeatedly.

TextExpander is a tool for bypassing your most commonly used lines and phrases, making your writing more efficient to save valuable minutes and even hours. Right now at Cult of Mac Deals, you can get a year of TextExpander for just $19.98.

LED flash for iPhone is just one of the newest deals at Cult of Mac [Deals]

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Tired of swiping through filters to make your iPhone pictures interesting? Or wasting time trying to stay organized behind the keyboard? Maybe you should take a look at these deals fresh off the deals boat. Below you’ll find a wireless, LED flash for any camera, two apps for improving your writing process, and a bundle of assets for designing apps. Take a look:

Cut down on countless wasted keystrokes with TextExpander [Deals]

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TextExpander 5 helps save time and be more efficient by cutting out needless keystrokes.
TextExpander 5 helps save time and be more efficient by cutting out needless keystrokes.
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If you spend any time behind the keyboard (and let’s be honest, if you’re reading this you probably do), you’re probably wasting a lot of time. The wide menu of commonly used terms, names, phrases and information that we take time to type out add up to minutes and hours that can be saved by using TextExpander. It turns your most regularly used terms into quick keystrokes for populating documents and images, an invaluable time saver that you can get for just $22.

Flash sale: Award-winning TextExpander 5 for 31% off [Deals]

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TextExpander 5 helps create easy shortcuts for the things you type the most, saving valuable minutes and even hours.
TextExpander 5 helps create easy shortcuts for the things you type the most, saving valuable minutes and even hours.
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Whether it’s emails, newsletters, or blog posts, if you spend any amount of time typing you likely also waste a lot of it by repeating yourself. After the 300th time typing out an address, the name of a business, or anything that bears repeating, you’ve spent valuable seconds that quickly add up, and which you could’ve been saved by using TextExpander. The app makes it easy to program convenient shortcuts for your most commonly written phrases, and right now you can get it for just $31 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Smile’s custom TextExpander keyboard for iOS 8 will save you time typing

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Of all the apps that will benefit from custom keyboards in iOS 8, TextExpander by Smile Software is one of the more obvious. In case you’re unfamiliar, TextExpander allows you to create snippets of text and media that can be inserted anywhere with a quick keyboard shortcut.

“We’ve been hard at work since Apple announced the new and exciting extensions and custom keyboards available in iOS 8,” said Smilie in a preview of their new keyboard layout. “TextExpander touch 3, coming on the heels of iOS 8 this fall, includes a TextExpander keyboard which can expand snippets in any app on the iPhone or iPad, including built-in apps such as Mail and Safari.”

TextExpander Touch *Does* Work On iOS7 — It’s Just That Your Favorite App Hasn’t Been Updated Yet

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This is the Mac version, as the iOS version hasn't yet been seven-ified, and looks totally ugly.
This is the Mac version, as the iOS version hasn't yet been seven-ified, and looks totally ugly.

One of the things that makes typing long-form text on the iPad bearable is TextExpander Touch, the iOS version of Smile Software’s amazing snippet-substitution app for the Mac. Sadly, iOS7 has broken the clever hack Smile was using to let it share its snippets with any app on your iDevice.

But happily, there’ a new hack, and it just requires third-party developers to make some tweaks to their own apps.

TextExpander Snippet Runs Shell Script To Get Info About Your Mac

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There are a handful of apps that I have to have on every Mac I use, or things quickly start to get annoying. Launchbar is one. Dropbox is another, and TextExpander is one more. TextExpander is sold as a way to expand a short string of text into a longer string of text, so I can just type, say, “aadd” and my address magically appears. I use it all day long on both Mac and iOS for adding Markdown and HTML code to my Cult of Mac posts, and even to the the name Cult of Mac (shortcut: ccom).

But there’s a lot more in there, as this example will show. BEcause TextExpander can run scripts, it can query all kinds of neat stuff — including finding out about your Mac.

The Best Apps To Write, Plan & Plot Your NaNoWriMo Novel [Feature]

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It’s November, and you all know what that means: No, not the growing of wispy, creepy mustaches. November is National Novel-Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for (almost) short.

NaNoWriMo is the annual attempt by many tens of thousands of people to finally get that novel out of their head and into the cloud storage option of their choice. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel by midnight on the 30th November, and you can get there by fair means or foul. The rules? It has to be a novel, it has to be 50,000 words (or more) long, and it has to be written in November.

The tools you will need most to write your NaNoWriMo novel are inspiration and a lot of perseverance. Luckily, apps can help you with both. Here’s the definitive guide to NaNoWriMo apps on the Mac and iOS. If you can’t drag that novel kicking and screaming into the world with the help of these apps, you can’t do it at all.