Snippets are a necessary evil, a library of text collections that can grow and become useful but often unwieldy. Here’s one of a few Mac apps that manage code collections and it has a clever name.
Manage Snippets Like A Pro
The snippets app I’m trying out is one that could easily become first place on my list. It’s cleverly named Code Collector Pro, which implies a more professional level of usability.
Think iTunes or iPhoto but for snippets of text and code instead of music or photos.
Snippets can be grouped into collections, tagged for faster searching, and each snippet can have a description and a URL source.
Code Collector Pro works like any good Mac app. Drag and drop snippet files to the library. Import .snippet files (a new format for snippet managers) or libraries from Code, TextExpander, or other snippet apps.
The user interface is totally self explanatory.
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Here’s a little known secret about snippet apps. Snippets can mean anything.
To most of us in the tech field, snippets means code. Whether used for programming or website development, a good snippet library can save an enormous amount of time.
Productivity increases with copy and paste or click to insert code or text you know already works in a given situation.
But snippets are not limited to coders. My wife uses snippets for writing. She’s not interested in the code syntax colors, but the library aspect of folders and smart groups.
As she comes up with ideas for writing, or anecdotes, or phrases– all of which could be used in document, a code snippets app works wonderfully. It stores, organizes, searches with ease.
Code Collector Pro comes with a price tag, but that evokes customer support, upgrades, and functionality that goes way beyond simply saving snippets of text.