As everyone knows, Mail has an annoying habit of formatting hyperlinks so that they â€œbreakâ€ when viewed in many other email clients.
Rachel Blackman has done Mail.app users a favour by creating a Mac OS X service that streamlines the process of solving the problem by using a service like TinyURL to create short, unbreakable hyperlinks.
Rachel’s “Shrink URL” service does the heavy lifting for you. It takes any highlighted URL in any editable Mac OS X text field, queries TinyURL and returns the shrunken URL, ready for emailing.
So, all I have to do after installing the service and restarting is highlight the URL:
Press the service’s shortcut key (â‡§âŒ˜T) and, hey presto, the shrunk URL is there:
That’s even slicker than the browser bookmarklet TinyURL provides.
She has also made the source code available and says that “anyone who finds the shrinkURL code useful for other things is welcome to it.”
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Tags: Apple Mail, broken hyperlinks, mail.app, plugins, Services, tinyURL