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The MarsThemes Text Tools is a contextual menu application that grants easy access to the key Cocoa text tools that writers and editors need but often can't find in the software they're using. With the Text Tools menu, you can quickly add and edit:

  • Tables
  • Lists
  • Hyperlinks
  • The "Ruler" for accessing styles and setting tabs etc.
In addition, the Text Tools menu makes sure you always know where to find functions like Copy/Paste Style and Copy/Paste Ruler, as well as reliable access to the Font and Color panels. For details on how the software works and what it can be used more...

What's New

Version 1.2.2:
  • This is a maintenance update for compatibility with other MarsThemes plugins.


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Aargl Member IconComment+354

Seems very interesting, but fills the Console with messages such as:
"MTLAgent[217]: warning: failed to get scripting definition from /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app; it may not be scriptable."
For every running process including the system's ones...

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Version 1.2.2
Tachy0n Member IconComment+34

Conflicts with Syncode Syncopy. Causes Syncopy to crash at launch.

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Version 1.2.2
Ghibbelan Member IconComment+37

Basically a good idea - I like the functionality of this pleasing tool but it renders the application DSP-Quattro 3.5.x unusable (the "save"/"save as" or "save a copy" dialogues become absolutely inaccessible - what a strange behavior! Just uninstalling "Text-Tools" has solved the problem (e.g. MacBook Pro 13", core-i7 2.8GHz, MacOS X 10.6.8), this bug occurs on every Mac I own and so I must leave "Text Tools" - what a pity.

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Version 1.2.2
Dperugini Member IconReview+23

Very elegant implementation of many handy 'text editing' features that you wish would be universally available, but prior to Text Tools, never seem to be there when you needed them most. Well, now they are. Apple's Text Edit has grown to be quite a powerful word processors in its own right and 'Text Tools' notches things up a bit with the new additional functions it brings into play - most notably, Styles, Copy/Paste Styles, Special Characters, and Substitutions. Contextual access to other already built-in features such as Table, Spacing, and more. Being able to easily add any of those features to formerly simple text-type applications such as 'Stickies' makes them finally valuable applications.
Just a word about the developer - he's a very responsive communicator. When I mentioned some problems that I was having with earlier versions, he responded immediately to my email and remedied the concerns, first with a work-around (version 1.2) and then with a permanent fix (version 1.2.2).

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Version 1.2.2
Dorkypants Member IconComment+118

Possibly it's just coincidental, but several days after I installed Text Tools 1.1 I got 2 copies of every icon on the right-hand side of my menubar. Not sure what triggered it, but I'd shutdown and restarted many times since installing Text Tools. Perhaps it was some accidental keystroke-combo or modified mouse-click.

Logging out and back in didn't fix it. Rebooting didn't fix it. I hadn't installed anything else, so I uninstalled Text Tools, rebooted, and all was back to normal.

Oh yeah, I also noticed the flood of messages about MTL trying to inject itself into all sorts of processes in the console log, whether it seemed sensible or not.

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Version 1.2.1
Musings From Mars (Developer)

Thanks for your feedback... I'll look into the issue. When you say "right-hand side of my menubar," I assume you mean the side with Spotlight, user, airport, etc. I'll also check the MTL process messages again.


Yes, where the "menubar app" icons are including Spotlight, Bluetooth, Airport, etc. (not the per-application menus, which go on the left side of the menubar).

The console message overload was version 1.1 of Text Tools. I haven't yet tried 1.2.1

Anotheruser Member IconComment+31

Apparently this interesting utility has a conflict with the WASTE text engine, or at least a conflict with Tex-Edit Plus. If you are fond of using TE+, you will have problems.

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Version 1.1
Hal Itosis Member IconReview+37
Hal Itosis

Seems like Mars Text Tools may turn out to be very handy, and I certainly do appreciate that the author is offering it for free... thanks.

But —without even using it yet —so far I do have a comment to make: GOOD LORD this thing floods the system log file with a ton of needless chatter!!!!!! Averaging just over 250 lines per minute, every minute.

I like to keep Console.app open constantly (parked in space #5 to stay out of sight). But Text Tools is broadcasting so many messages that the Console.app icon practically never stops bouncing on the Dock (at least that was the case yesterday). And if I try to even look at the log for some other reason... the lines keep on scrolling by, filled with entries about MTLAgent. It's now afternoon here, and system.log has grown by almost 7 megabytes since last night.

Please make it stop.

Here's a small sampling (less than one second):

4/4/12 3:49:38 AM MTLAgent[147] com.apple.console Warning Injecting MTL into com.apple.finder...
4/4/12 3:49:38 AM MTLAgent[147] com.apple.console Warning Injecting MTL into com.apple.loginwindow...
4/4/12 3:49:38 AM MTLAgent[147] com.apple.console Warning warning: failed to get scripting definition from /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app; it may not be scriptable.
4/4/12 3:49:38 AM MTLAgent[147] com.apple.console Warning Injecting MTL into com.apple.systemuiserver...
4/4/12 3:49:38 AM Finder[126] com.apple.console Warning This app's Name is Finder, and its ID is com.apple.finder
4/4/12 3:49:38 AM MTLAgent[147] com.apple.console Warning warning: failed to get scripting definition from /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app; it may not be scriptable.

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Version 1.0

Sorry about that ... some are unavoidable, I think. But I'll take a look through the code to see what I can cut out.

PS. Why would Console bounce in the dock just because the system log is getting updated? That may be a system configuration on your end, since it never happens to me.... and lord knows I have a much larger system log that you!

Hal Itosis

>> Why would Console bounce in the dock just because the system log is getting updated? That may be a system configuration on your end, since it never happens to me < <

True, it is a Console pref that we can turn on or off... but i normally like to keep it on, for monitoring purposes.

Cheers, thanks for the quick reply.


The amount of console logging is a disaster for my use model. I uninstalled TT just a few minutes after installing and trying it. The idea is very good, but the current implementation makes it unusable for me.

It's unfortunate that I'll need to reboot to get rid of its messages entirely.

Musings From Mars (Developer)

FYI, I fixed this problem with the log file in version 1.1.

S/ash Member IconReview+19

A very good idea and nicely implemented. Works in almost all apps, except Mail, where I need it the most to create tables.

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Version 1.0

Yes, I wish I could activate the Text Tools in Mail. I think the reason it doesn't work in Mail is that Mail's format is HTML, not RTF. At least, that's what my investigation has led me to conclude.

Rudy Member IconComment+0

Is it possible that Text Tools does not work at all in non-English systems? It does not show up in any text editing app -when holding down the Ctrl-key- in my Dutch system 10.6.8.

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Version 1.0
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Date 21 Jun 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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