New Software Purchases

New Software Purchases

Nobody needs to tell my wife, but I’ve recently made a few software purchases. First is Daniel Jalkut’s (red sweater software’s) awesome FastScripts. I’ve been meaning to purchase this for a long time, but Gruber’s recent Non-Top-Posting Reply Scripts for Apple Mail sealed the deal. Mail’s top-posting has bugged me since the day I configured my first email account. I love the fact that FastScripts intercepts hot keys before OS X does, so I don’t have to mess with the Keyboard Shortcuts preference pane. I have past dealings with Daniel too, so I feel confident in this purchase.

My second purchase is SmileOnMyMac’s TextExpander. This is absolute timesaver and I can’t believe I haven’t purchased it before now. It’s been on my list of “must buy” software for over a year now. Being the non-reading-don’t-need-instructions geek that I am, I inadvertently downloaded version 1.3.1 rather than the current 1.4.2. This immediately resulted in some odd errors. I sent an email to their support and within 10 minutes I had a response which pointed out the source of my problem. That’s impressive support. I’m in love with this software and I actually feel complete now that I have it. Between this and TextMate, I should be generating insane amounts of text and code with only 2 keystrokes any day now.

My third purchase … well, there are issues. I finally broke down and purchased MailTags. I’m really happy about this purchase because of the iGTD integration (and I’m nuts about iGTD, even though I don’t actually use GTD). Unfortunately, MailTags is currently causing Mail to crash and I don’t yet have a resolution. But, I have high expectations that a resolution is forthcoming and I’ll soon be on the road to happiness, rainbows and unicorns.

And yeah, I did the dotMac thing too. And Yep. They’re both awesome. dotMac is arguable but Yep is the only way to deal with PDFs. Period. Hmm … no wonder my wife had to pay for the movie tonight …