TextExpander allows you to create snippets of text and then create shortcuts to quickly expand those snippets. I most commonly use this when placing orders for stores through email. I always include the store name and address in email orders to ensure it gets to the right account. I’ve set up many of my store addresses in TextExpander with appropriate and easy to remember abbreviations.
For example, I have say Market of Choice no.9 set up in TextExpander with the following snippet:
Market of Choice No.9
67 W. 29th St.
Eugene OR 97405
This is set up to the abbreviation of MOC9. Whenever I type MOC9 anywhere on my computer, the store’s name and address automatically gets inserted along with a return and a bold “Order” text so I can immediately start typing in the order.
You can use this for products as well. Say you have to input product descriptions in your email orders and you have a product like “Vanilla Protein Powder – large”. You can include that description and its item number, price, and any other information you’d like and attach it to an abbreviation “prtnvan-L”.
As of right now it’s Mac-only. Sorry Windows users.
Textexpander is a great piece of software to add to your toolbox and helps to save time and effort in your workflow. It’s on sale for the next 10 hours so get on it!
The MORE/REAL stylus is a cool creation from product designer Don Lehman that is designed to turn your average ballpoint pen or sharpie into a stylus that can be used on touchscreen devices. I know some of you use your iPads with apps like PenUltimate to input notes and orders and using a stylus should greatly improve your note-taking speed and readability over writing with a finger on the device.
Go check out the Kickstarter Campaign and help support this project. Backers get a chance to pre-order the product that will ship when it becomes available.