PhraseExpress is one of our favorite freeware applications because of the sheer power it harnesses. They’re stepping up their game with the new PhraseExpress 5 that is slated for release sometime next month, but in the meantime they have a Beta version that you can kick around.

Version 5 introduces several new features, and two of them are particularly great. The first one is an automatic text prediction tool that will learn phrases that you commonly type. That’s right, if it sees you repeating the same phrases over and over it will automatically start suggesting them in a small popup as you’re typing.

The other cool feature is a more advanced clipboard that retains several of your recently copied text snippets. By default the Windows clipboard is only able to store the last item that you copied, but with PhraseExpress 5 you can access several text items that you’ve previously copied. To retrieve them you’ll simply use the Shift+Ctrl+V keyboard shortcut.

I’m sure you want to see all of this in action, and there’s no better way than with a video demonstration:

PhraseExpress is free for personal use, but the Beta version will expire on January 31, 2008. They expect the final release to be completed before then, so this is just a way to ensure people upgrade to the latest version.

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  1. Also one of my favorite freeware apps…cool new features!

  2. Thanks, I’m going to give this a go. Last time you mentioned it, I installed it but didn’t have time to play around. Looks good.

  3. Thanks for the tip, looks interesting. Will try it out for a while :)

  4. Autohotkey ([autohotkey.com]) does same work but much better. No install process is needed. There are a lot of scripts for AutoHotKey (AHK) available to use.

  5. Glad you guys are giving it a try.

    Joe Norton wrote:
    Autohotkey ([autohotkey.com]) does same work but much better. No install process is needed. There are a lot of scripts for AutoHotKey (AHK) available to use.

    AutoHotKey takes a little bit more to configure, but they can be setup to do similar things. PhraseExpress has a lot of useful features related to text that AutoHotKey doesn’t, such as an autocorrect dictionary for commonly misspelled words.

  6. Joe, AutoHotKey is sooo different from PhraseExpress.

    It is powerful (and cryptic) on the macro language side but we speak about text phrases here.

    AutoHotKey neither has the text prediction, clipboard cache, support for formatted text, multiple phrases for the same hotstring and so many other PhraseExpress unique features.

    The comparison is completely invalid. You compare apples with peas. ;-)

    Tom

  7. +1 for Phrase Express. It rocks and I couldn’t live without it!

  8. Just found this review. What a wonderful program. I tried many of these utilities (ActiveWord, Smartkey) but all had flaws.

    FINALLY I fell in love with Phrase Express . :-)

    Mel

  9. The beta turned my enter key in a double enter key and I couldn’t turn that off anywhere.. so I’m waiting for a fix before I can look further into this promising program. Strange that nobody else had this problem.

  10. Change wrote:
    The beta turned my enter key in a double enter key and I couldn’t turn that off anywhere.. so I’m waiting for a fix before I can look further into this promising program. Strange that nobody else had this problem.

    Huh, that is really interesting. I wonder if you need to have something else on for that to happen, such as Num Lock?

  11. I have no idea how that happened, I don’t have very special settings afaik. I’ve already contacted the developers about it.

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