Reliable Syncing of Textexpander Snippets

Textexpander Syncing Nirvana

An essential writing productivity tool is the capability to quickly enter information (mostly text) by using expandable keywords so you don’t have to retype or re-enter information. Text expansion capabilities exist in various applications like Pages and Textmate but there is a real advantage in having these capabilities system wide with all your applications. To do this on the Mac I use Textexpander and it is so useful once you have included it into your workflow that you never want to be without it.

To make all the information snippets available across all your computers requires a syncing solution. Textexpander supports Mobileme syncing but I have found Mobileme to be unreliable. A solution using Dropbox has worked for me. The 5 steps to Textexpander Syncing Nirvana pdf provides step by step instructions on how to setup the symbolic links to sync Textexpander preference files.

Probably something similar could be established for Launchbar which also uses text strings but in this case to launch applications, documents, search the Internet, and do all sorts of read-my-mind magic.

For Windows users, autohotkey, texter, and Launchy are alternatives which can be synced using the Windows version of Dropbox but there is no cross platform compatibility for these text utilities.

iPhone Storyboarding App

One way to unleash your creativity is to have a fast and easy way of visualizing your stories. Previously this has mostly been done with pencil and paper sketches but now it can be done with your iphone or ipod touch portable device through the Cenemek Storyboard composer. The product which also is identified as Hitchcock as a tribute to the famous director, starts from photos for the various scenes which you can then annotate, reframe, plan transitions, and include figures to stand in for missing characters. Your story can be exported as a pdf document.

The Importance of Public Speaking and Goals

You probably already know the importance of public speaking but sometimes it helps to be reminded why.
It also gives you some ammunition when you want to convince someone why you want to buy a book (even if the person you are convincing is yourself).
Why you want to be a better public speaker .

A fellow I know once told me that if you want to turn a wish into a goal you need to examine the pros and cons to establish your motivations and make a plan.

The planned goal should be SMART or even SMARTer . Driven by your vision of the benefits (pros) that will result and designed to overcome the obstacles you expect (cons).

Do you have any goals you would like to achieve in the new year? Don’t leave it up to Destiny .

The Definitive Guide to achieving your new years resolutions .

Be like the Canadian junior hockey team and never give up on your dreams. Dare to Dream.