CodeBox
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Full-featured code snippet manager.   Commercial ($9.99)
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If you are looking for a fully-featured snippet manager then CodeBox is exactly what you need!
  • Support for multiple libraries that can be put into the Dropbox to sync with your co-workers
  • CodeBar helper app in the menu bar for browsing and searching through all known libraries
  • Edit, Copy or Paste snippets into an active application right from the menu bar
  • Use variable placeholders and abbreviations to replace text expanding software
  • Extremely flexible snippet management using Tags, Folders, Groups and Smart Groups
  • Over 100 syntaxes
What's New
Version 1.6:
  • An option for minimalist view in the table of snippets
  • Support for changing a default editor for each file type
  • Fixes snippet expander in some apps
  • Other improvements and bug fixes
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • 64-bit processor



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mymon reviewed on 23 Feb 2014
Im using this app for months now and its great
just one issue - if you work on a quite long snippet at some stage it keeps moving you to the top even you are working on the lines on the very bottom
I'd like to see a fix for that as I have few long snippets Im working on
[Version 1.6]


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Iaminsane reviewed on 23 Jan 2013
I recently gave up on snippets (the app) and wanted to find a new snippet manager. Looking at 3 or 4 I thought codebox best.

It's a nice effective app that does the "basic job". For that it deserves 4 stars. The extra features that could make it a 5 star app are in the app, but are really really "rough". Having absolutely no documentation doesn't help.

If the developer can bring it together soon, it will be a 5 star.
[Version 1.6]


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Xplicit commented on 05 Jul 2012
Anyone know where to find a demo?
[Version 1.6]

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Fishscale replied on 15 Jul 2012
no demo, MAS only.
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Dan-D. commented on 26 Mar 2012
This seems to be a great app, just purchased the latest version today and I love the UI/Design. I cant say anything about all those great features as it takes a while to work them all out – There is no manual at all!

There's just a huge list of features on the developers website, but no manual, tutorial or info on how to use all those features.

The are some "Tips and Tricks" on the website and a few videos on Youtube though, but a manual would be nice, especially for an app with that amount of features.

Cheers,
Dan
[Version 1.5.2]

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Shpakovski (developer) replied on 26 Mar 2012
Noted, thank you Dan.
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Dan-D. replied on 19 Apr 2012
Here's an update to my first post above (btw, thanks for your quick reply Vadim):

First of all, the more I use this app the more I love it!

I was a little frustrated at first as it took me some time to figure out some features (e.g. I had to use google to find a blog post with some details about the abbreviations feature! And I still have no clue about the "variable placeholders" function), but once you know most of the functions, its a pleasure to use an app.

Some of my favorite/most used features are:

* CodeBar with modifier keys
* the abbreviation function (which I just figured out how to use ;-))
* multiple Assets for each Snippet (like some demo html code for your fancy new jQuery function)
* snippet management using folders, groups, tags and smart groups
* system-wide services
* sync via FTP and Dropbox
* nice syntax highlighting
* huge amount of supported languages

I can't wait to see what the developer will come up with in the next version!

A function to set/change the cursor position after pasting a snippet would be great.
(or is this the "variable placeholders" function mentioned on the developers website?)

And whats that "text replacement" function mentioned by Teksestro, btw?

Cheers,
Dan
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Shpakovski (developer) replied on 20 Apr 2012
@Dan-D. Thanks.

There is no way to define cursor placement after Paste in the current version, but I will consider it for the future development.

“Text replacement” means an Edit Code panel available from the CodeBar menu, where you can edit a snippet before pasting it into the active app.
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Ulyssesric commented on 26 Mar 2012
Can't download the update since the previous update. The App store always says: "The product distribution file could not be verified. It may be damaged or was not signed."
[Version 1.5.2]

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Shpakovski (developer) replied on 26 Mar 2012
It seems like everything is okay with other users. Could you please contact me by email codebox@shpakovski.com to provide more details? Sorry for inconvenience.
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NotUsed commented on 25 Mar 2012
Where's the demo???
[Version 1.5.2]

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Shpakovski (developer) replied on 25 Mar 2012
There is no trial, but you may find useful these videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSZ_Q97LXH8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNEwltyKDWY
Sorry for inconvenience, I'll consider to make a Demo version.
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Teksestro reviewed on 21 Mar 2012
Arguably the best general, system-wide snippet manager for the MacOS. Very feature-full.

PROS:
* syntax highlighting for numerous languages
* system-wide integration (via menubar app & services)
* various ways to split and categorise your snippet library: folders, groups, tags , or just divide your collection among separate libraries
* ability to group code snippets that should go together - like a CSS trick with the accompanying HTML - into a single snippet containing 2 clips
* simple text-replace-before-paste feature
* active, responsive and friendly developer

CONS:
* lack of proper manual or help files, so the user has to rely on experimentation to discover and learn some of the program's best features - like text replacement and abbreviations
* syntax highlighting sometimes fails - i.e., PHP files that have an open tag, but not a closing one, do not highlight

CONCLUSION:
Excellent value for money, and considering the responsiveness of the developer, we can expect it will only get better.

Although many of the code authoring tools these days have built-in snippet managers, if you user more than one of these, and prefer to have your snippets in a central, neutral location, it will be hard to find a better program than this.
[Version 1.5.1]

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Shpakovski (developer) replied on 22 Mar 2012
Thank you for the comprehensive review, I will use your feedback to improve the app.
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Bobembry reviewed on 17 Mar 2012
Needs full text search and a couple of field navigation shortcuts then it get 5 STARS.
[Version 1.5]

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Shpakovski (developer) replied on 20 Mar 2012
Thanks for the feedback. Version 1.5.1 brings support for search through code and notes.
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Bobembry replied on 20 Mar 2012
Thanks, that was quick. After a test drive, I bump my rating.
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Cgntoonartist reviewed on 06 Mar 2012
This app is a time saver! A must have if you are a programmer.
[Version 1.4.1]

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Shpakovski (developer) replied on 20 Mar 2012
Thank you!
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Xplicit commented on 10 Oct 2011
I wouldn't say it like Daktari but said things are basically right. The MAS may offer some advantages ... but mostly for devs and not for users.
How often have I - even after intense testing - bought software that later turned out to lack something important or have other flaws. So for me it's no testing, no buy. Just looking at screenshots and reading what other people think just isn't enough.
Although I must add that's Apples fault and not Vadim Shpakovski's.
[Version 1.4.1]

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Trashie replied on 19 Jan 2012
Yeah good post Apple need a test system the App Stores biggest fail is that they offer no test drive and seek to catch you on an impulsive purchase alone. I also hate how app Store cannot register your previously bought apps or apps you buy off it...that probably is to stop a price war against them off the store. Apple are not stupid this all about milking and they need to learn some lessons that milking is bad business strategy and freedom lasts longer.
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hawken had trouble on 09 May 2011
I started using CodeBox today after having it installed for a while. After entering a few snippets and working just fine, it started completely thrashing my machine. I managed to force quit, and everything was fine. I restarted the app, and it began bogging down the machine again (i.e. machine nearly unresponsive, can barely move mouse cursor, etc.).

At this point, I had to power down the machine and reboot. Tried CodeBox once again, and it continued to behave the same way. I have no idea what could cause this. I only have 19 snippets in the program right now, so I'm going to trash the prefs and the data file and see what happens.
[Version 1.3]

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hawken replied on 09 May 2011
Deleting the prefs and/or the data file did the trick. I did both at once (shame on me), so I don't know which was the actual culprit. Fortunately, I didn't have a lot of data in my snippet library.
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Shpakovski (developer) replied on 11 May 2011
This is likely to be caused by the syntax highlighting engine. If snippets are quite large, then CodeBox may generate memory leaks.

This problem will be addressed in the upcoming update. Till then, if snippet cannot be highlighted, please try to change its file type to Plain Text and relaunch the app. It must help.

I'm really sorry for temporary inconvenience.

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Cottser rated on 22 Nov 2012

[Version 1.6]



redpoper rated on 26 May 2012

[Version 1.6]



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Dan-D. rated on 20 Apr 2012

[Version 1.6]



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v_s rated on 11 Apr 2012

[Version 1.6]



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Jamie-Peloquin rated on 15 Mar 2012

[Version 1.5]



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SHRIMPS rated on 02 Nov 2011

[Version 1.4.1]



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mymon rated on 27 Aug 2011

[Version 1.4.1]



+4

Lionel rated on 01 Mar 2011

[Version 1.2]



+3

abdndgdn rated on 15 Jan 2011

[Version 1.0]



+2

poobard rated on 12 Jan 2011

[Version 1.0]


Downloads:14,238
Version Downloads:11,119
Type:Internet : Reference
License:Commercial
Date:07 Apr 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $9.99
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If you are looking for a fully-featured snippet manager then CodeBox is exactly what you need!
  • Support for multiple libraries that can be put into the Dropbox to sync with your co-workers
  • CodeBar helper app in the menu bar for browsing and searching through all known libraries
  • Edit, Copy or Paste snippets into an active application right from the menu bar
  • Use variable placeholders and abbreviations to replace text expanding software
  • Extremely flexible snippet management using Tags, Folders, Groups and Smart Groups
  • Over 100 syntaxes including CSS, HTML, JavaScript, C, C++, Objective-C, Python, and Ruby
  • Import snippet libraries from the other snippet manager apps in one click
  • Support for sharing snippets to the most popular social code services i.e Gist and Snipplr
  • Each snippet can include multiple assets, for example "index.html", "script.js" and "styles.css"
  • Drag and drop a custom .tmTheme into the code editor to change highlighting colors
  • Import source code files and folders by dragging them into the app from Finder
  • Create snippets faster using the bookmarklet Add To CodeBox or OS X Services
  • All other features that you need from the code snippet manager while developing software


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