TMO Quick Tip - Instant TinyURLs from TextExpander

by , 7:30 AM EDT, March 21st, 2008

TinyURL is really great because it shrinks long Web addresses down to a much smaller and more manageable size, but it usually takes several steps to get those compressed URLs. With a little help from AppleScript and TextExpander, however, you can cut that process down to just a couple of steps.

The TinyURL Web site.

First, you'll need TextExpander 2. This app expands abbreviations that you define into words or text blocks, and it can also run AppleScripts. It costs US$29.95 and you can download it from the SmileOnMyMac Web site.

You'll also need David Smalley's cool AppleScript that converts any URL you copy into a TinyURL. If you don't feel comfortable mucking around with AppleScripts, SmileOnMyMac has a version you can download and import directly into TextExpander.

Once you have all of the pieces, here's what to do -- assuming you are using SmileOnMyMac's pre-built script:

Here's how to use your new TextExpander script:

I find this little AppleScript to be stunningly useful and a great time saver, especially when the number of characters or how much you can type is strictly limited. Yes, I'm thinking Twitter, but you can use this trick in other applications, too.

[Thanks to Jean at SmileOnMyMac for turning me on to this great AppleScript.]