You know about text snippets, right? Those are little pieces of text that we want to save in a database of snippets, organized in such a way that the snippets are easy to find, retrieve, and use again.
Notes are snippets. Researchers, website developers, and programmers use snippets. There’s a small cottage industry of snippet collecting apps; utilities which store snippets for later use. Some of us use TextEdit for snippets. Some text editors store their own snippets. Here’s a tale of two Mac snippets apps; one simple and elegant, one full-featured and robust.
Why Use A Snippet App?
Good question. You can use TextEdit and put snippets or clippings of text into files and organize them into a folder and save them on iCloud to be used between Macs. That works. But for anyone who truly, madly, deeply works with snippets, it’s all about workflow. This past week I started on a new project of some complexity and it required an update to my snippet routine.
Unfortunately, snippet apps for the Mac, though there are many, fall into disrepair and don’t get updated; some are abandonware because snippets apps don’t make developers much money. Of the three snippet apps I’ve used for a long time, two haven’t been updated in years, and one no longer functions.
Enter the highly acclaimed SnippetsLab, a full featured Mac snippets library manager, perfect for website developers, programmers, or anyone with a collection of snippets that need management.
SnippetsLab uses the time honored group, snippet, code method. The left sidebar is where groups, folders, or categories are stored. In this case, even sub-folders can be used. The center column displays the list of snippets in each category, group, or folder, while the main pane displays the snippet itself.
Notes, syntax, tags, and sharing is only a click away.
And, yes, SnippetsLab supports multiple theme designs so you can go light or dark or places in between.
SnippetsLab makes it drop dead simple to store snippets wherever you choose on your Mac, including iCloud for sync between devices, Dropbox, or any other online source that integrates into the Mac’s Finder. Snippets can be exported and imported with ease.
As you would expect with a more robust app, SnippetsLab has plenty of useful preferences, including syntax selection for more than 350 languages (each selectable so you don’t have to scroll forever to find the one you want).
There’s much to like with SnippetsLab but it needs a try-before-you-buy option. The app is packed with features that any snippets lover or user will appreciate.
My fear with any Mac snippets app is the same as I’ve had for years. They become abandonware and die on the vine of neglect after a few years because the market for a snippets utility is small.