Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Snippets 0.7 and Distributors — the new power of Snippets.

In the initial post (actually first post in this blog) where we introduced new Snippets I told about 4 core values of Snippets. We started by creating desktop apps for Mac and Windows which support sync from the box, and continued with integration.

Recently we discussed the fundamental problem of standalone code snippets apps which has not been solved by anyone yet. Well, until now. The reason we raised this question is because we have a solution and today we are very excited to announce our new invention which we call Snippets Distributors.

Distributors are plugins for Snippets that allow you to reuse code snippets from your library in code editor natively. At first glance, it may be hard to understand what it is and how it works, but in reality it is very simple, and once you try it, you will love it.

We've prepared a presentation which explains Distributors with less words. Please take a look:

Distributors are available in Snippets 0.7 on both Mac and Windows. By updating or downloading the latest version of Snippets you will get them all. We've also created a directory of Distributors where you can find all available distributors as well as specific notes to each of them.

Using distributors is very easy. Just download or update currently installed version, open Distributors window by pressing Cmd+Shift+D on Mac or Ctrl+Shift+D on Windows, select distributor on the left side, select “Enable” checkbox and you are done. By default all snippets which has code and tab trigger defined will be available in the editor. Please note that some editors should be restarted in order to make new code snippets available. We recommend to try it with TextMate 2 (Mac only) or Sublime Text 2 (Mac and Windows), these editors will pick up everything automatically without restarting them.
This update also includes some new goodies such as Snippets Assistant and Global Search on Mac (on Windows it’s been available since version 0.5). Also both clients now use SSL encryption when syncing data with the server.

Please try it and let us know what you think.

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