Sometimes, the little things make all the difference. Here’s two little things I’ve been playing around with recently.
Every once in a while, TextEdit turns out to be the best tool for the job. There are some customers who insist that their copy is delivered in .doc format, but I just can’t get used to using Word for writing in. It just feels wrong.
So in situations like that I’ll turn to TextEdit, because it saves in .doc format without any fuss, because it’s incredibly simple and swift, and because it has everything I need for almost every job I do.
Except word count. No word count. That can be a problem, when you’re dealing with words and you have to reach a certain number before you get paid.
Which is why I’m very fond of a neat little application called Nano Count. It just does one thing - count words in TextEdit documents. But it does it well and I like the way it works.
I’ve even created an Automator workflow that opens Nano Count and a new document in TextEdit simultaneously - trigger it with Quicksilver and get to work.
And while I’m on the subject of cool little extras, I should mention Address Book Quick Entry too.
This is a wonderful (free) app for anyone who (like me) has found themselves swearing and cursing Apple’s own Address Book application.
Entering new card data in Address Book is plain hard work. It requires a great deal of clicking with the mouse, making fast entry of information almost impossible. It’s one of the most frustrating Apple apps I have ever had to wrestle with, and because of its shortcomings I’ve been keeping all my addresses in a plain text file for a couple of years now.
Address Book Quick Entry might change all that. It’s designed to be the fast way of adding cards that Apple forgot to include. It looks simple enough - just a few fields that you can tab your way through before hitting either the Add button, which then shows your new card in Address Book, or the Add One button, which adds the data and quits Address Book Quick Entry automatically. Neat.