Writers and programmers are similar. They both sling words all day, slaving over a hot keyboard to get just the write code-cum-phrases stacked together. That means both my wife and I are banging on a keyboard each day, often into the wee hours of the night.
One of the differences is that what I write, mostly code of one kind or another, is often more point and click than write. What Jesse writes is from her memory; more of a go with the flow. I’ve often told her to use a programmer’s tool for storing frequently used snippets of phrases, sentences, and anything she has to write over and over. Does she listen? Nope.
Snippets are for men. Pure writing is from a woman’s heart. Or, something like that.
Stack Phrases, Text, Code, Snippets Into A Box
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying out a Mac App Store app that stores snippets of text. It’s called CodeBox. It’s inexpensive, quite easy to use, and organizes all those snippets of text that programmers and writers find so valuable.
For a writer, CodeBox might seem more than a little geeky. It’s not. It’s just a place to save files.
On the surface, CodeBox may appear a bit daunting, but it’s actually easy to setup. Snippets of text, whether phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or programming code, can be dropped into the left column and organized however you need.
You can have multiple libraries of code or writing snippets and CodeBox can save them wherever you like on your Mac. Or, even better, drop them into Dropbox so they’re available wherever you go.
Snippets can be shared online, too. Even add tags to snippets so they’re easier to find, but placing them in folders and groups is a breeze (hence useful to writers). Snippets can also be separated by project.
For MacBook users, CodeBox supports Multitouch gestures. There’s also undo, built right in to save your bacon. Any URLs in snippets are clickable as well.
I like CodeBox. It continues to improve regularly, and even Mac App Store reviews give it plenty of four and five stars.
What it needs is a quicker way to point and click to drop text from CodeBox into another document (drag and drop is so 1999).