I just learn "clippings", while I search ff addons about adding multiple keywords (alias) for search engines. It's useful for my firefox on ubuntu. However, my another dual-boot sys. Windows 8, has similar system-wide auto-complete application , called "PhraseExpress", i.e. Clippings will be installed on my linux system at this time.
Sadly, this EXCELLENT program is pretty much useless if you want to use it with GMail. It's not the author's fault but, nonetheless, GMail will NOT allow the hotkey combo (Ctrl/Alt/V) use in the compose window.
Just to clarify, pasting a clipping can still be accomplished via the context menu; it's the shortcut keys that Gmail is blocking when writing a message. Strangely enough, this problem isn't happening in other Google products - namely, Google Chat, Groups and Blogger.
I've been able to reproduce this once, but it didn't happen again. Maybe happening only after Firefox restarts (e.g. after an update)? I've entered this in GitHub as issue #26, https://github.com/aecreations/clippings/issues/26
P.S.: I appreciate the bug report. In the future, please report Clippings bugs in the GitHub repo (https://github.com/aecreations/clippings). You can also post to the AE Creations forums.
It works as advertised, gets the job done and has some nifty advanced features. Kudos on that.
But, IMHO, the less polished part is actual snippet insertion (what you do most of the time). It provides a number of methods but most of them fail to feel really comfortable:
- Context menu forces you to browse several levels of nested menus. - Keyword short-cuts force you to assign a key to every single clipping you want to use and you'd better learn it by heart (there's a help dialogue with the key list, but it needs to be invoked manually and has to be dismissed before you can actually insert anything). - Toolbar button is possibly the best method, but it's fairly counter-intuitive to insert snippets from the Clippings Manager dialogue by double-clicking on their names, esp. when the dialogue necessarily covers the target text box.
Creating a new clip is almost easier than using it afterwards.
Last but not least, a "Sort by name" feature in the folder content-menu in Clippings Manager (just like Firefox itself has in Bookmarks Manager) would be really handy.
I installed this to assist me in filling in employment applications. I now just create clippings in relation to each previous employer (name, address, supervisor, reason for leaving, etc) and paste them right into the applications.
One of the things I really like is how you can organize each clipping into nested folders, and that you can drag/drop the folders easily to further organize them. I also like that I can backup and restore, or export and import in case my profile for firefox becomes corrupted.
I moderate a website and this has come in very handy. Before I had some scripts that would write what I needed but they usually ended up being complicated and if something did not work just right it would mess everything up.
Clippings has streamed-lined much of the day to day that I do for a simple pasting program. It adds some simple variable commands that I find handy. There are more that I would like but for some reason I found I can not post on the apps forums.
Only things right off that would be great addition is being able to add to the date option. I consistently find I need to add dates that are three days in advance. So something along the lines of $[date+3] would be a great addition to the program.
The translator for Russian was unavailable to complete the translations for the new user interface text for the new features in Clippings 4.0. It was decided to temporarily drop support for this locale until such time that the translation can be completed. There is no timeline yet on when this can be done. Apologies for the inconvenience.
I use this for inventory management/entry and customer service for my business. The ability to assign blocks of text to each letter/number on the keyboard has saved 1000s of hours of typing. I would donate money to this company for sure.