I saw a Twitter Tweet recommending http://www.smileonmymac.com/TextExpander/. That's a nice
little OS X app that "saves you countless keystrokes with customized abbreviations for your frequently-used text strings and images." I tried the
free demo and it certainly does that. Nice piece of software, just $29.95.
However, I don't use that. While perhaps not quite as convenient or
powerful, I find most of my needs are met by JumpCut, a free utility that lets you select from up
to 99 cut and paste buffers. That's great by itself, but I soon
realized that there are certain pastes I want frequently. The
OS X "pbcopy" command lets me load or reload JumpCut with specific
text any time I want.
I simply created a "jc" directory and in it I put text files containing
text that I might want to paste during the day. A "loadjc" command is
a simple shell script that uses "pbcopy" to load these snippets into
I use alphabetic file names: a, b, c etc. Put your most frequently
used text in later (alphabetical) files as these will be the first in JumpCut.
for i in *
cat $i | pbcopy
I can run that at startup to pre-load JumpCut or I can run it at
any time during the day to reload it. This is a simple and effective
way for me to keep data ready to paste as needed.
(I found that I needed the sleep for "pbcopy" to work correctly)
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