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Short links are cool for things like Twitter. A new site giving you short links: is.gd.

The way you shorten a link with is.gd is as follows.

  1. Copy the target address to your clipboard.
  2. Surf to is.gd.
  3. Paste the clipboard contents into the text field.
  4. Click the push button labeled 'Compress That Address!'
  5. Select the result on the new page you're taken to.
  6. Copy that selection back to your clipboard.
  7. Go back to wherever you started and paste your result in.

Couldn't be more difficult! There's a better way: the ACP Web Services.

  1. Select the URL you want shortened in your browser location bar.

  2. Click on your services menu to a URL shortener (bit.ly in this case).

  3. Automagically find yourself at the results page and 'Click to Copy'.

  4. Go back to wherever you started and paste your result in.

It's only half the work. If that. Don't have the ACP Web Servicess yet? Ah. Easy to fix.

  1. Surf to the ACP Web Services page.
  2. Download either the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version for 10.6. Or both.
  3. The AWS.service module is less than 25 KB on disk. That's it.
  4. Follow the instructions and put AWS.service where it's supposed to go.
  5. You got other programs there and reams of cool resources.
  6. Once you've done that, you're ready to rock.
  7. You don't need to repeat any of the above ever again.

Three URL shorteners are already included in the ACP Web Services, along with a URL expander; more good stuff will ship with the coming release.

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ACP Web Services (Download URLs at the Bottom)

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