Our open-source text-replacement application and super time-saver Texter has moved its source code to GitHub with hopes that some generous readers with bug complaints or feature requests might be interested in contributing to the project. To be very clear, I love Texter, but time constraints have pushed the development of Texter very low on my priority list. As a result, some nagging bugs have left many out in the cold. With GitHub, my hope is that anyone interested in improving Texter can easily make their contributions and that we can keep this very cool project alive. If you're just looking to download and use Texter, you can always do so from the Texter homepage; if you'd like a gander at the source or would like to contribute, hit the GitHub link below.
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Web development and design site Nettuts goes in-depth with Texter, our very own text replacement application, detailing how Texter can streamline your email replies and coding to save bundles of time. The Nuttuts tutorial takes a great in-depth look at some advanced Texter usage and scripting, focusing on how Texter can save time with repetitive email and coding. Whether or not you're a developer, the video above (and accompanying post) offer a great look at how you might be able to take advantage of Texter (or some other text replacement app) to save oodles of time at your keyboard. Got any advanced Texter tricks of your own? Share them in the comments.
Windows only: Free text replacement application PhraseExpress updates to version 6.0, sporting a handful of new time-saving features and stability improvements. If you're unfamiliar with text replacement apps like PhraseExpress, they're like digital shorthand for your computer; the user defines small text snippets that expand to larger pieces of text, so when you type ,sig, for example, a text replacement app can expand that text to a full text signature. We've developed our own text replacement app here at Lifehacker, Texter, which was inspired by the Mac-only TextExpander, but PhraseExpress has a ton to offer in its own right. Among new features, PhraseExpress 6 supports HTML formatting, faster load times, advanced options for triggering text replacements, application-specific replacements, and autocompletion of words. As an added bonus, the new version can also run off your thumb drive, so you can take advantage of your PhraseExpress timesavers no matter what computer you're using. I'm partial to Texter for obvious reasons, but PhraseExpress is undeniably awesome. PhraseExpress is free for non-commercial use, costs $US50 for a professional licence. PhraseExpress
The first message one could consider email was sent more than 30 years ago, and that's probably when people began associating angst and uncertainty with the words "Inbox" and "unread messages." The tools available to read and send emails have advanced considerably since then, but what you actually do with all that chatter, without eating up entire days of work time, is up to you. Luckily, we've covered a wealth of filtering and processing methods and software tweaks that make email less stressful and time-consuming over the years, and a list of our top 10 productive email boosters is after the jump.
Windows only: Our very own text replacement and-then-some software Texter has updated to version 0.6, adding new features like instant replacements, universal spelling autocorrect, hotstring renaming, scripting shortcuts, improved bundle management, bug fixes and—of course—tons of under the hood improvements. Hit the jump for a more detailed look at what the latest Texter has to offer.