PhraseExpress for Android v1 is out-of-date - The manual of the latest version can be found here.
The Android App "PhraseExpress Autotext" organizes frequently used text snippets and allows to insert them into any 3rd party target app. Macro functions provide powerful extra features as prompting for manual user input or to perform calculations within a phrase, for example.
The Android App can sync phrases with the popular Windows client.
Download PhraseExpress App from the Google Play AppStore.
PhraseExpress is installed like any other regular Android App.
After installation, tap the PhraseExpress App Symbol to launch the configuration wizard:
This App icon on your home screen is only used to show the configuration instructions.
The PhraseExpress icon is permanently available in the lower left of the custom PhraseExpress keyboard.
The PhraseExpress icon is displayed for a short time if you tap into any input field of any app:
If you prefer to use a 3rd party keyboard, e.g. with swipe functionality, you must use the PhraseExpress assistive device mode. If this is not relevant to you, we recommend using the PhraseExpress keyboard.
The assistive service will not activate if the PhraseExpress custom keyboard is currently active as it doesn't make sense to use the assistive service along with the PhraseExpress custom keyboard at the same time.
The first few text phrases you may want to create could be your name that can be triggered by your initials, or a shortcut to your email or mailing address, bank account information, telephone number, etc.
A phrase consists of the following elements:
Select the desired folder in the tree view to display the folder options in the right window:
You can also insert a phrase by typing the Autotext you may have defined for the desired phrase.
PhraseExpress opens a popup menu in the lower left of the screen in following cases:
The popup window allows you to select the desired phrase using any of the following methods:
Cancel a popup menu by tapping anywhere else or by tapping the Android back button.
Autotext replaces text shortcuts (the Autotext) entered in any App with larger text phrases.
If the Autotext feature does not work as expected, check out the chapter "trouble-shooting".
The App stores your phrases into a single file "phrases.pxa" in the current Google Drive account of your Android device. You can sync this file with your Windows client in following easy steps:
PhraseExpress will automatically prompt you to include the Android phrase file to your phrase library.
You can then copy/move phrases between your Windows phrase file(s) and the Android phrase file in the phrase tree view.
Android phrases are shown with limited functionality corresponding to the feature set of the Android App. We are working to extend the functionality, so stay tuned.
If the Windows client doesn't prompt you to include the Android phrase file, click phrases.pxa" from the Google Drive sync folder.and load the phrase file "
It is very important to use the same Google account for Google Drive on your Windows computer and your Android device. The PhraseExpress Android App prompts you which account you wish to use if you have multiple accounts on your Android device. You can enforce this dialog by deleting all PhraseExpress App settings in the system App settings dialog. Deleting the App settings won't delete your phrases.
PhraseExpress includes a powerful macro language to add dynamic contents in your phrases, such as a current time/date stamp, additional manual text input, etc.
The Professional Edition App supports many macro functions of the PhraseExpress Windows version as described in the Windows client manual.
#insert, #datetime, #date, #time, #calc, #input, #sleep, #rnd, #mail, #url, #loop, #trim, #trimleft, #trimright, #length, #pos, #lastpos, #substr, #replace, #lowercase, #uppercase, #lowercasefirst, #uppercasefirst, #lowercaseword, #uppercaseword, #settemp, #gettemp, #checktext, #randomtext, #cond, #setclipboard, #insertclipboard, #form, #formtext, #formeditbox, #formcheckbox, #formcombobox, #formphrasecombo.
Create and edit macro functions in the Windows client. It would be very tedious to create/edit them on an Android device.
Some macro functions are adapted for use with mobile devices and may not have the entire feature set of the Windows version.
PhraseExpress can calculate the approximate time savings based on an average typing speed and a customizable hour rate. You can change the hour rate by tapping on the info button of the popup menu.
Given an average typing speed of 60 characters a minute, you would need approx. 2 minutes to enter a text containing 120 letters. When using PhraseExpress you would only require approximately 5 seconds to select the phrase or to trigger the Autotext. Thus, your time savings is 115 seconds for each phrase. Given an hourly rate of $20, PhraseExpress saved you 64 cent ($20 per hour * (120 seconds - 5 seconds) / (60 seconds * 60 minutes) = $.64).
PhraseExpress uses the currency as defined in the regional settings.
We designed the App to minimize access to the Android operating system. However, PhraseExpress must be granted access to following system resources to provide the desired functionality.
Your trust in our software is important and we want to inform you in detail why the App requires access to specific Android system information:
|Access Permission||Additional information|
|InApp purchases||The free app can be extended with InApp purchases (Google information about InApp purchases).|
|Other Application UI||Enables PhraseExpress to display the PhraseExpress icon in other apps.|
|If using the assistive service: Monitor your actions||PhraseExpress needs to know which app you are using to be able to paste phrase contents in that app. This is the essential and desired functionality. PhraseExpress does not store/send this information anywhere.|
|If using the assistive service: Retrieve window content||PhraseExpress needs to know what you enter into a target app to be able to detect Autotext and to insert phrases in the target app. PhraseExpress does not store/send this information anywhere.|
|If using the PhraseExpress keyboard||PhraseExpress needs to know what you are typing to detect and process input of Autotext. PhraseExpress does not store/send this information anywhere.|
PhraseExpress never sends any of your keyboard input or phrases to us. Period.
If you experience unwanted text replacements, tap and hold the PhraseExpress icon to edit the last executed phrase.