New features in version 9

The new PhraseExpress version 9 includes a balanced selection of new features and improvement of existing functionality:

Windows 8 Compatibility

Windows 8 kompatibel

PhraseExpress v9 has been tested for use with Microsoft Windows 8.

Cloud support

PhraseExpress enters "the cloud" and allows you to sync the phrase files on all your computers:

Cloud Support

Whether you work on your PC at home or with your laptop on the road, your phrases stay in sync on all your computers.

PhraseExpress supports synchronization with popular online file syncing services (Dropbox, SugarSync, GoogleDrive, etc.).

Password protection

If you store your sensitive phrase files in the cloud enjoy the new password-protection in PhraseExpress:

Password Protection

Password-protected phrase file are securely AES-encrypted. File transmission over the network is encrypted as well.

Multiple phrase files

PhraseExpress can now load multiple phrase files and/or SQL databases at the same time:

Laden mehrerer Dateien

You can mix any number of local phrase files, Firebird SQL or PhraseExpress server connections.

Example applications:

  • Access a SQL server to share phrases with a local team.
  • Share an additional phrase file via Dropbox with remote team members over the internet.
  • Have your personal phrases securely stored in a phrase file locally stored on your own hard disk.

PhraseExpress combines all phrases of any data sources seamlessly into the phrase tree structure. Simply drag & drop phrases between different sources just like they were different folders.

Simultaneous access to the same phrase file

Multiple users can now simultaneously load the same phrase file to share phrases with others:

Just save a phrase file to any network share, NAS box or Dropbox folder and all other users can load it from there, too!

No need to set up a server. No need to configure "linked shares" and the like. It works out-of-the-box:

Sync phrase file

Improved restriction to certain programs

Phrases can now be restricted to certain programs and even program titles with a significantly improved dialog:

Programmbeschränkung

New Access restriction dialog

The phrase access restriction feature, as known from the PhraseExpress Server, has been improved and is now also available for the Stand-Alone Edition:

Access Restriction

The new dialog-based dialog simplifies configuring access restrictions.

Application-aware floating menus Pro Edition

Floating menus now automatically show up together with specified programs:

Program restricted floating menus

Example: If you are editing a text in Word, PhraseExpress can automatically display a floating menu with useful phrases you use in Word only. If you switch to Excel, the phrase menu automatically disappears and floating menu relevant for use with Excel appears.

This smart feature seamlessly integrates PhraseExpress into third party applications. The floating menus seem to belong to the actual target programs.

Enhanced support for formatted text phrases

Support for RTF formatted phrases has been significantly improved and now includes paragraph formatting, tables, links and bullets:

RTF Formatting

Extended task tray menu

Right-clicking the task tray icon popup now offers useful extra features:

Neues Menü per Rechtskliick

Context Menu in the phrase selection popup

The phrase selection menu also provides quick access to useful extra features:

Rechtsklick im Auswahlmenü

You can now easily paste phrases with/without formatting case-by-case or copy it to the clipboard instead of pasting the contents.

The context menu also provides access to additional useful configuration options for the selected element.

Enhanced Calculation Macro

The {#CALC …} macro function performs calculation of math expressions. The output foramt can be customized in great detail:

 

Number formatting

  • Configure specific numbers of digits to the left/right of the decimal point (e.g. 0004.69).
  • Optionally add thousand separators (e.g. 2 894 843) with a customizable separator.
  • Adapt decimal point to different country's number formatting (3.45 vs. 3,45).
  • PhraseExpress can optionally adapt the number output format to the input format.

New macro functions

The new {#COND …} macro function opens the door to conditional "If-Then-Else" statements in PhraseExpress:

Conditional phrases

 

The {#BALLOON …} macro allows you to display a customizable notification speech bubble on the desktop:

tray bubble

The speech bubble can perform additional actions if clicked.

Chronological backup

PhraseExpress now saves a history of the last 99 phrase file changes:

Datensicherung

  • The backup location can be user-defined
  • Multiple users can share the same backup location. PhraseExpress automatically detects a shared backup location and integrates all phrase file changes into a common backup. Any backup entry is labelled with a timestamp, the editor's name and number of phrases making it easy to identify specific edits.
  • PhraseExpress keeps making backups if the configured backup location may become unavailable. e.g. if working on laptop abroad. Any such temporary backup is re-integrated with the original backup location on reconnection.
  • If the phrase file is password-protected, all backup files are also secured with the same password.

Additional Improvements

  • Sorting of system folder items (clipboard cache, last used phrases) is now independent from the general settings and those elements are sorted by the time when they are added.
  • The paste method is now customizable per target application to resolve incompatibility issues.
  • TypoLearn now filters irrelevant manual corrections and won't learn a new typo item if you just enhance a written word (e.g. if you enhance the word "car" to "cars" (or vice versa).
  • PhraseExpress can now remember the last used position of an input form.
  • File paths to system folders are now customizable in the configuration file.
  • Phrase file paths may now also contain Windows environment variables.
  • PhraseExpress recognizes a write-protected configuration file and removes any settings option from the user interface to prevent operating errors.
  • If a phrase is excluded from a particular target application, an associated hotkey becomes available for use in that target program.
  • A progress bar is now shown for large data import actions which allows you to cancel such actions.
  • There is no separate Stand-Alone Edition or Network Edition license key, allowing you to freely switch between both variations.
  • Stand-Alone installations can now also be centrally registered with the PhraseExpress Server (which can act as a license-only server).
  • The calendar date selector now remembers its last position on the desktop.
  • The #formcombobox macro function allows you to enter choice descriptions separate from the actual macro outputs.
  • The separator now takes less space in the phrase selection menu.
  • The status bar now shows much more information depending on the current program status.
  • The accuracy of the text prediction feature has been increased.
  • The macro function #insertfile now supports insertion of Microsoft Excel files.
  • The macro function #focus now includes the parameter -windowstate allowing you to control the appearance of the window (full-screen/minimized/etc).
  • Phrase files status can be updated by pressing F5 and all files are saved with the hotkey CTRL-S without closing the main program window.
  • The QuickSearch has been optimized and now require fewer clicks to perform searches.
  • Debug mode can now be easily activated by launching PhraseExpress while holding the SHIFT key.
  • Clicking the phrase-contents label shows word and character counts.

 

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