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Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Nov 3, 2012 at 02:06 PM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
>Alexander Deliyannis wrote:
>>- Here’s the clever bit: Brainstorm will join the lines adding a space in between, and the cursor
>>will then jump to the END of the second line, ready for joining with the next one.
> >Thanks, but I’m not sure if we’re talking about the same thing… I was talking about joining the lines in a large
>piece of text with a single click of CTRL+J. You seem to be describing a more piecemeal
>process of joining lines manually.

Indeed, not the same thing. It was more of an opportunity to talk about Brainstorm. J

I also installed Notetab Light recently to a colleague’s PC for its auto-paste feature. It is indeed a great tool.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Nov 5, 2012 at 01:27 PM

 

Geoffrey Miller wrote:
>Firefox. I have looked at other alternatives, and also tried the very similar (and
>free) “WordExpander” which is much faster in operation but requires at least a
>two-letter shortcut whereas “PhraseExpander” will work with one.

Geoffrey, thanks for these suggestions. I was most interested in the SmartComplete feature of PhraseExpander, where you can select a phrase from a floating menu of similar phrases, which appears as you type the given abbreviation. However, this feature is only available in the Pro edition, which costs USD140. But WordExpander can also do this and it’s entirely free!

I’ve been using an Apple Wireless Keyboard with the “Unofficial Apple Wireless Keyboard Support for Windows” AutoHotKey script and I found that I had to turn UAWKS script off to be able to use WordExpander. I also tried PhraseExpress but I couldn’t do justice to it, as I didn’t realise UAWKS was interfering with it. This prompted me to find a replacement for AUWKS that wouldn’t interfere with this category of software and I’ve happily found it in AppleWirelessKeyboard: http://uxsoft.cz/projects/applewirelesskeyboard/

 


Posted by Franz Grieser
Nov 5, 2012 at 03:42 PM

 

Hi.

Thanks to all who offered their insight.

PhraseExpander looks interesting. However, I tend to go with PhraseExpress as it imports Word AutoText and AutoCorrect and has a huge library of German AutoCorrect entries. Breevy does also import Word AutoCorrect and AutoText but it has a number of quirks when using it with German text which I would have to correct manually (it always autocorrects “i” at the beginning of a word as “I” and it misspells my name as Fraunz).
PhraseExpress is not cheap when you wish to go with the Pro edition and plan to use it on several PCs. But I am confident that the investment will soon be offset by improved productivity. It also has a clipboard enhancement feature (which I just learnt) and the new vs 9 will be available by the end of this week.

Franz

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Nov 5, 2012 at 04:25 PM

 

Franz Grieser wrote:
>PhraseExpander looks interesting.
>However, I tend to go with PhraseExpress as it imports Word AutoText and AutoCorrect
>and has a huge library of German AutoCorrect entries. Breevy does also import Word
>AutoCorrect and AutoText but it has a number of quirks when using it with German text
>which I would have to correct manually (it always autocorrects “i” at the beginning of
>a word as “I” and it misspells my name as Fraunz).
>PhraseExpress is not cheap when you
>wish to go with the Pro edition and plan to use it on several PCs. But I am confident that
>the investment will soon be offset by improved productivity. It also has a clipboard
>enhancement feature (which I just learnt) and the new vs 9 will be available by the end
>of this week.

You haven’t mentioned WordExpander, which is completely free: http://www.wordexpander.net/ (It doesn’t help that these products are so similarly named…).

 


Posted by Gorski
Nov 5, 2012 at 05:41 PM

 

AutoHotKey is an excellent and very configurable tool for text expansion, among other things.

http://www.autohotkey.com/

 


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