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Snippet Pixie

Byte Pixie

Your little expandable text snippet helper

Save your often used text snippets and then expand them whenever you type their abbreviation.

For example:- "spr`" expands to "Snippet Pixie rules!"

For non-accessible applications such as browsers and Electron apps, there's a shortcut (default is Ctrl+`) for opening a search window that pastes the selected snippet.

Supports placeholders:-

All placeholders are delimited (wrapped) by "$$", with the placeholder name starting with an "@" symbol.

For example, today's date can be inserted with "$$@date$$".

Get it for $10 on AppCenter

Get Snippet Pixie and more on elementary AppCenter, the open, pay-what-you-can app store for indie developers. Every app is open source and has been reviewed and curated by elementary to ensure a native, privacy-respecting, and secure experience.

Note: This app is only available for elementary OS 5.1 Hera. If you’re on elementary OS 6 Odin, it will not appear in AppCenter. You can reach out to the developer and ask that they update it for OS 6.

What's New:

1.5.2 – May 26, 2021
  • Enable Shift-Return to Shift-Ctrl-V into terminal emulators from the Search and Paste window.
1.5.1 – Mar 2, 2021
  • Fixed search box showing when there are no Snippets to search.
  • Updated Dutch translations. Thanks @Vistaus on GitHub! πŸ‡³πŸ‡±
1.5.0 – Nov 5, 2020
  • Added search of Snippets in main window.
  • Added last used Snippets shown first in Search and Paste window.
  • Added shortcuts for main window actions such as Add Snippet (Ctrl+n).
  • Added support for system Light and Dark appearance preference.
  • Improved theming of window controls to be more consistent with system.
1.4.1 – Sep 2, 2020
  • Added Dutch translations. Huge thanks to @Vistaus on GitHub! πŸ‡³πŸ‡±
  • Fixed occasional performance issues when auto-expand turned on.
  • Fixed incorrect shortcut command being saved when binary file renamed.
  • Fixed visibility of Search and Paste entry text in some circumstances.
1.4.0 – Aug 30, 2020
  • Added Search and Paste window, opened with shortcut Ctrl+` by default.
  • Added "Auto expand snippets" checkbox to preferences menu for enabling/disabling snippet expansion while typing in accessible apps.
  • Added ability to change Search and Paste shortcut in preferences menu.
  • Added preference for whether text selected before using shortcut is used for initial search.
  • Added option to focus search box when using the search and paste shortcut.
  • Fixed support for Wayland.
  • Removed auto expanding of snippets in non-accessible applications such as browsers and electron apps (use shortcut for search and paste window instead).
1.3.3 – Jun 1, 2020
  • Fixed Snippet Pixie stopping Super+[other-key] from working.
1.3.2 – May 6, 2020
  • Improved speed of abbreviation expansion.
  • Fixed abbreviations randomly stopping to expand.
  • Fixed reliability of abbreviations being recognised.
  • Fixed abbreviations sometimes expanding with clipboard's contents.
1.3.1 – Feb 27, 2020
  • Fixed abbreviations sometimes not expanding.
1.3.0 – Feb 23, 2020
  • Vastly improved compatibility with a wide variety of applications.
  • Now works with Chrome, Chromium and Electron apps.
  • Much faster abbreviation detection.
  • Much nicer to the system in general.
  • Alas, recent Firefox versions no longer compatible, hope to support in the future.
  • A few terminal emulators blacklisted to avoid problems, hope to support in the future.
1.2.2 – Dec 10, 2019
  • Added man pages for snippetpixie and snippetpixie-placeholders.
  • Minor fixes for compile time warnings.
1.2.1 – Jul 10, 2019
  • Various fixes for snap.
  • Updated credits to use GitHub handles and add Nathan as a translator (long overdue)!
1.2.0 – Apr 22, 2019

Added support for placeholders.

  • Date/Time: Insert the current or calculated date/time with configurable format.
  • Clipboard: Insert the text contents of the clipboard.
  • Snippets: Insert snippets in your snippets!
  • Cursor: Set where the cursor should end up after the snippet has expanded.
1.1.2 – Apr 6, 2019
  • Improved active window/control detection when switching via Alt-Tab.
1.1.1 – Apr 3, 2019
  • Improved performance, compatibility, and stability.
  • Added French translations. Huge thanks to @NathanBnm on GitHub! πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΅οΈ
1.1.0 – Feb 5, 2019
  • Added ability to export snippets to a JSON file via menu button.
  • Added ability to export snippets to a JSON file via `--export` or `-e` CLI options.
  • Added ability to import snippets from an exported JSON file via menu button or welcome screen. Shocking! 😱
  • Added ability to import snippets from an exported JSON file via `--import` or `-i` CLI options. Bet you didn't see that coming! πŸ˜‰
1.0.0 – Jan 15, 2019
  • 1.0 Release!
  • Added Snippet Pixie to login startup items by default.
  • Added --autostart={on|off|status} option to CLI for turning autostart on, off, or getting settings status.
  • Changed body field to select all text when tabbed into.
0.9.3 – Dec 8, 2018
  • Fixed crash when an application with a large number of controls was activated.
  • Fixed problem with snippets sometimes not expanding when returning to an application.
  • Added a splash of colour to the window header.
  • Added a new application icon.
0.9.2 – Dec 1, 2018

Initial pre-release.