Nearly every Mac app that I use to code has some kind of built-in code snippet or clip manager. Snippets or clips of text can help to reduce the time it takes and the mistakes you make when writing or coding. Hence, a snippet manager for frequently used text clips or code can be a valuable time saver.
A Dime A Dozen
Snippet managers are almost a dime a dozen. Some are free. Some are expensive. Snippet is one I bought some time ago, and it must be doing well as the price keeps going up (and changing). Snippets costs more, but it’s the one I use.
Snippet (without the ‘s’) resides in your Mac’s Menubar so it’s available in any app with a single click. Select text you’re likely to use again and add it to Snippet. All your snippets get synced with MobileMe so you can use it on multiple Macs.
As is likely the case because Snippet makes it easy to add text, you’ll grow a huge snippet library. That huge library of snippets can be searched to find what you want.
Keyboard shortcuts make it easy top bring Snippet to the screen. Nice, right? Inexpensive. Easy to set up and use.
The One I Use
Snippets (with the ‘s’) is a standalone Mac snippet text clip manager with even more features; less so for writers, more so for coders. It’s the one I use.
A screenshot tells you the difference between the two.
Now this is a snippet and text clip manager to write home about.
On the left is the Library, so it works and acts like iPhoto or iTunes would if they managed text clips instead of photos or music.
You create the groups and organize them according to your needs, which makes Snippets particularly useful for coders, but very useful for writers who need snippets or frequently used text just a click away.
Snippets comes with built-in syntax highlighting, a Toolbar that’s easily understandable and a three pane organization that’s truly professional grade without the complexity. Even better, there’s no Save. Everything you enter is saved automatically.
Both apps are try-before-you-buy and priced right. One is low on price and features, high on quick usability. The other costs more, has a stunning array of useful features, but carries a gentle learning curve.
That’s the one I use.