What does the Tea Party want? Smaller government. Lower taxes. That’s all well and good but what do Mac users want? Free software every Friday.
In fact, a national holiday every Friday would be good. No work. Free stuff. OK, let’s vote, Tea Baggers. In the meantime, here’s yet another indispensable Friday Freebie, the 5th of three in a row today. That’s how we get more reviews on Mac360. We cheat on the count.
Words: The Building Blocks Of Communication
This is the final in my series of Friday Freebie reviews for free apps from DEVONtechnologies. It’s final not because they don’t have any more free apps (they do). It’s final because I see peanut butter and jelly on the dog and that’s never a good thing.
We Mac users live in a world of words. We process words.
We communicate to one another via email, texting, sexting, tweeting, and probably something newer next week.
It all comes down to words. Words are the tools of human communication. What are the tools that help us build those words? See? You never thought of it that, way, right?
Fortunately, the friendly and free app people at DEVON also know about words, and, like you and me, wonder why the apps that capture our words are so stupid. Well, they are.
The apps. Not the folks at DEVON.
Word Tools Without Processing
Wherever we type some words into our Mac should also be able to count said words, speak those words, show us how many words or characters have been typed already, or change caps to lower case so it doesn’t look like we’re SHOUTING.
Wherever we type words into our Mac we should be able to reformat, trim, sort, change lower case back to upper case in case we NEED to shout, quickly insert dates and times.
See? Those are the things our word tools need to do, which means you need WordService.
Any free app that’s worth more than whatever you pay to use it should be able to do something different and better. WordService is a Mac OS X service which performs any one of a whole list of functions, 34 to be precise, in places where you least expect it to happen.
Most Mac Cocoa apps use Services.
TextEdit, Pages, Mail, Stickies, Safari, et al.
WordService is a Mac-wide Service which can perform a bunch of the 34 different functions in those apps, even if the app can’t figure out how to do it on its own, or you forgot how to figure out how to make the app do it, even though it really does.
It’s confusing, I know. But WordService is free so don’t worry. It’s a good thing. Some of the functions are easy. Like changing quotation marks, speaking text, displaying statistics.
WordService does all that wherever you can enter text, whether or not the app can do it. That makes it useful. Add that to free and Friday and you see why today is a glorious day to be alive.