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Posted by Geoffrey Miller
Nov 21, 2012 at 04:12 PM

 

In fairness to the developer of PhraseExpander, who contacted me after my post here, the F3 issue does seem to be specific to my installation of Firefox, for some reason (possibly some conflict with an extension?). Following a very good deal to upgrade to the “Pro” version, with its “Smart Complete” feature, I recommend this thoroughly.

Regards,
Geoffrey

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Nov 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM

 

In the meantime I also realised that the free WordExpander is made by the same people as PhraseExpress (which also has a free version for personal use). I’m reasonably happy with WordExpander. I actually like the fact that it came without any preinstalled vocabulary, as I preferred to develop my own. I just wish it would recognise capitalisation, but other than that, works well.

 


Posted by Franz Grieser
Nov 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM

 

This free edition is also available in German. But it only allows 30 or so entries.
I am still test-driving PhraseExpress. It sometimes does strange things and sometimes disables (for no obvious reason) autocorrection entries I defined. It says that it disables them but I cannot find a way to stop it from doing so.
From time to time, autocorrection messes up words and I have to really fight with PhraseExpress to get the word I want. And the demo version does not let me test the desktop menus.
So I am still not sure whether I will really pay the money for PhraseExpress Pro.

Franz

Dr Andus wrote:
In the meantime I also realised that the free WordExpander is made by
>the same people as PhraseExpress (which also has a free version for
>personal use). I’m reasonably happy with WordExpander. I actually like
>the fact that it came without any preinstalled vocabulary, as I
>preferred to develop my own. I just wish it would recognise
>capitalisation, but other than that, works well.

 


Posted by Franz Grieser
Nov 23, 2012 at 05:55 PM

 

Thanks for the reply Patrick (I just stumbled over your post).
I uninstalled Breevy and right now I am testing PhraseExpress. If I am not satisfied with PE (there are some quirks, too), I will give Breevy another try.

Franz

Patrick from 16 Software wrote:
Franz Grieser wrote:
>>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).
> >Hi Franz, sorry to hear about the issues you’ve experienced with Breevy.
>Please feel free to shoot us an e-mail at support@16software.com and
>we’d love to try and figure out what’s going on and hopefully get it
>fixed for you.
> >(I actually think I might know what’s happening with the lowercase “i”
>always being changed to a capital “I”—I could be wrong but my guess
>is that your “i” abbreviation’s replacement mode is set to “immediately”
>(lightning bolt icon). If you switch it to “after a word-ending
>character is typed” (blue icon with white “W” on it) and then Apply your
>changes, that should make it so Breevy only replaces the lowercase “i”
>with a capital “I” if it’s typed as a single word rather than also at
>the beginning of words. Regarding the issue of your name being
>misspelled, I’m not sure what would be causing that other than it being
>misspelled in the abbreviation’s replacement text, but again, feel free
>to e-mail us at support@16software.com and we’d be happy to troubleshoot
>the issue with you if you like.)
> >- Patrick

 


Posted by jimspoon
Dec 6, 2012 at 09:35 PM

 

Just for summary purposes, I went through this thread and made notes of the utilities that had been mentioned -  I’ll just paste my notes here for reference -

autotext
phraseexpander
wordexpander
textexpander
macroexpress
autohotkey
phraseexpress
breevy

clipboard utility
clipmate
ditto
clipcache pro
flycut (Mac?)
simidude (shared clipboard)


text cleanup
notetab light
clipcache pro
messagecleaner

I have been using PhraseExpress free for autotext for a long time, but on one of my computers, it just stops working frequently, and I have to shut it down and restart it - annoying.  So I wanted to see what alternatives were out there for Windows.

Before PhraseExpress, I used Robotype (PC Mag utility) for a long time, but had glitches with it too, which made me switch to PhraseExpress.

If I could find one of these that “just works” very reliably on my desktop and laptop, I’d be sold.

jim

 


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