The chatroom (and time-loss tool) slack users will be familiar with the emoji's reactions. To insert a smiley, for example, just type : smile: and your text will be replaced by a smiley-face emoji when you hit entry.
If you ever find yourself missing this handy feature anywhere on your Mac, you should take Rocket for a ride . This is a macOS application that exists to make emojis easier.
The Rocket application simplifies Mac emojis
The free version of Rocket is probably enough for most people. It is in the menu bar of your Mac, waiting for you to type a trigger character (by default, the same colon that Slack uses). When you do, Rocket goes into action.
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Rocket appears next to your text, and shows a small pop-up bubble that suggests emojis as you type. It's just like automatic spelling, only with small pictures instead of words. To choose one, press enter or use the or arrow keys to select the desired entry from the list of suggestions .
And that's all. When you click enter the emoji will be inserted into your text. The beauty of Rocket is that it works anywhere on your Mac that accepts text input: web forums, Facebook, email, wherever the text is rich.
The free version does not do much more than that. You can customize the bubble pop-up, change the trigger from a colon to something else, and set a default skin tone for emojis with hands and faces. If you want more than that, you have to go pro.
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If you buy Rocket Pro for $ 5, you get GIFs and custom stickers. All GIF files that you drop into a provided folder will be available in the Rocket browser, ready to be inserted. In addition, you can access the built-in GIFs of the application. This is not as good as Giphy's integration of Slack, which offers GIF based on a typed keyword, but it's not bad.
The pro version of Rocket also allows you to chain combos into ready-to-use groups, accessible with a custom text shortcut, as well as a complete emoji search window.
If you are in emojis, then the free version of Rocket is what young people call "obviousness". It's much easier than browsing the Mac's built-in emojis picker, which is even more clunk than the built-in iOS. But if you do not want to give another access to everything you type on your Mac, then there is a local alternative.
The alternative DIY emoji picker
This is the method that I like to make easier with emojis on Mac. It uses the Mac's shortcut function to insert emojis. We have a whole how-to running your own emoji shortcuts so I'll stay brief here. The essential thing is that you open System Preferences> Keyboard> Text then use the emoji selector to create specific shortcuts for your favorite emojis. It's not as flexible as Rocket, but if you only use a few emojis regularly, it's just as good. Better, in some ways, because it also runs on iOS, with your sync shortcuts via iCloud.
Whichever method you choose, everything is better than the bad emoji implementation on Mac and iOS. The good news is that you no longer need to suffer.
Price : Free / $ 4.99
Download : Rocket (Mac)