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Text Expander and Alfred after 6 weeks

Here’s my quick review after 6 weeks of using both Text Expander and Alfred as recommended by Back to Work and Jacob Cass..


Thank you for speeding up my work flow! Previously if i wanted to open a new application, I would using spotlight (Set to list applications only) but it would take around 30 seconds to load and another 10 to recognize what I’ve actually typed.  There had been times when I wanted to avoid the spinning ball of death and find the application in finder.
There’s also the very handy function of typing “open” and file name to search for the file.
My conclusion: its fast and very effective, i love it!

Text Expander

It took me a little bit of time to get use to how it works and when it’s worth while to set up a shortcut. but now that I have it’s saving me a lot of repetitive typing. So far, I use it mostly for writing things like my email addresses (I have 4), telephone numbers and email sign offs. Extremely handy! I also use it for words I often type wrong or can never remember how to spell.
My conclusion: This needs to be on EVERYTHING! When I’m on my phone or ipad I expect the short cuts to work, but of cause it doesn’t. so please put this on everything!

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Testing new tools – Text Expander and Alfred

I’ve been listening to the Back to Work Podcast with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin for sometime now, always interested to hear how to make more work better and more efficient, there’s so many handy advice in it. Not just on tech but also on being a better person. Highly recommended! but the problem with this show is, it takes a lot of concentration, there’s so much juicy tips in it, is very easy to miss something.  It’s not the first time I heard about the third party software Text Expander, in fact it’s been mentioned to me several times over the last week. One other place being Jacob Cass’ blog. Since i do have to write a lot of emails, I decided to give it a try. I will try writing regularly on how I find this tool.

*** For result from my testing please click here ***

Another tool I’m testing at the moment is Alfred, also recommended by  Jacob Cass. I have been having trouble with the Mac OSX spotlight for sometimes. I alright set it so it only scans my application folder, but still it takes far too long to compile the results. So here I am giving Alfred a try as well.