I saw a Twitter Tweet recommending 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 JumpCut.
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.
cd ~/jc for i in * do cat $i sleep 1 cat $i | pbcopy done
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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