Licensing depends on the installation variation:

  • Stand-alone installation: If using PhraseExpress without using a SQL/PhraseExpress server, one license can be used by one person on up to three computers on which you use the same user name. On Windows, the "user name" is the "Windows user name" (this is not the Microsoft account name). On a Mac, the "user name" is the "Apple account name" (this is not the log in name). Each person requires a separate license. The actual user name that PhraseExpress uses for licensing is shown in the "About PhraseExpress" window.
  • Portable mode: If running PhraseExpress from a USB stick, the license key is bound to the USB stick, which you can use on any number of computers.
  • Client-/Server: If using PhraseExpress with a SQL/PhraseExpress Server, you need a separate license for each user connection to the server. The user can be identified by his or her user name or by the combination of user name and workgroup, or by the combination of user name, workgroup and computer name.

Licenses for Windows, macOS or iOS are separate purchases.

PhraseExpress generally works in all programs that can receive text input.

Text is inserted by simulating individual keystrokes or by using the clipboard.

The insertion method is selected automatically, or can be configured for specific target programs.

PhraseExpress is safe!

We are an established company with a track record of more than 20 years and registered in Germany, a country with one of the strictest privacy laws in the world.

PhraseExpress never sends any of your text input or saved phrases anywhere. Period.

You do not even need to trust our statement: You can lock PhraseExpress up in your firewall after license key registration.

Before you install any software, you might want to check, who you are about to trust:

This information should help to gain confidence, that we are no fake company operating in the dark.

PhraseExpress and Security Software

PhraseExpress requires access to your keyboard input to provide the desired functions.

"Antivirus", "AntiMalware" software may inadvertedly interprete the "keyboard hook" which is used to detect keyboard input as a malicious "Keylogger" and block PhraseExpress from recognizing key strokes.

Check if your security software has a "keylogger protection" and consider switching it off or - if available - add PhraseExpress to a white list of authorized applications.

Report False Positives

If your "Security" program blocks PhraseExpress, we kindly ask you to report a false positive, allowing the maker to verify the situation and white-list PhraseExpress in their database:

VendorSubmission options
Symantec

Submission form

MicrosoftSubmission form
AviraSubmission form
Kaspersky

Submission form

Submission email

ZoneAlarmSee Kaspersky (Zone Alarm uses the same scanner engine)
BitDefenderSubmission form
AVG

Submission form

Submission email

F-SecureSubmission form
AvastSubmission form
SophosSubmission form
ClamAVSubmission form
WatchGuardSubmission form
SpyBot Search&DestroySubmission form
G-DataSubmission form
PrevxSubmission email
KeyScramblerContact email

You can use a license key for either Windows or Mac but not at the same time.

The license can be moved from Windows to Mac (or vice versa) at any time.

Yes, PhraseExpress supports (Rich Text) formatted text including bitmaps and tables. The Professional Edition also supports native Microsoft Word formatting including embedded Excel spreadsheets.

Yes, you can deregister your license key from one installation for use with another user name as often as you want.

You can also move the license from a Windows installation to a Mac installation (and vice versa).

Yes, PhraseExpress can store both, images and tables in phrases.

Image files can easily be dragged into the phrase content and resized with the mouse.

Returning customers get renewal discount. You can also upgrade to a higher product edition:

You can continue to use the version, that you were able to download within your purchased maintenance term for an unlimited time. You own a life-time license. The software itself does not expire. Make sure to secure your installer file for future installations as we do not host an installer archive.

However, you may then be using an unmaintained and out-of-date software without security bug fixes and updates to maintain compatibility with operating systems.

To stay up-to-date, renew the maintenance at discount.

You can also upgrade to a higher product edition, for example from the Standard Edition to the Professional Edition.

Yes, you can either share phrases "peer-to-peer" by using your local NAS or any cloud sync service (own-hosted or internet based) or with a Microsoft SQL server in a client-/server architecture.

Yes, access to individual phrase folders of a shared phrase file can be restricted to specific users, work groups or domains. Microsoft ActiveDirectory is supported.

If using an SQL server with PhraseExpress v16, each user can optionally have a personal phrase folder by default.

PhraseExpress can store tens of thousands of phrases.

For very large amounts of phrases, we recommend using a Microsoft SQL Server.

PhraseExpress supports connections to a Microsoft SQL Server but the SQL Server itself is not included.

Microsoft offers a free SQL Server Express Edition which can be used with PhraseExpress.

Yes, PhraseExpress includes a multilingual spelling checker. Unrecognized words are underlined in red as in Microsoft Word.

 

Yes, we offer attactive volume discounts if you purchase multiple licenses.

If you purchase online, simply enter the desired quantity and press "Update" to preview the voume discount.

We do not offer discount coupons for single/low quantity purchases.

No, each product variation is a separate purchase.

There is software which is based on a common source code, that is compiled for different operating systems with a single click of a button. The benefit is obvious but comes at a price: A common code basis has to be the lowest common denominator of all support platforms. Our software Macro Recorder uses such system because in this particular case, there is little which is lost caused by this restriction.

PhraseExpress, instead, aims to excel at what's doable for each operating system. As each version is a complete separate development with native development tools designed for the respective operating system, we need to charge for each variation separately.

Another challenge is, that Apple insists to sell iOS Apps. There is simply no other sales channel for iOS App.

Yes, PhraseExpress can import TextExpander (locally non-cloud version) snippets for use with PhraseExpress for Windows, Mac and iOS. PhraseExpress can also import from CSV files.

The maximum storable length should be sufficient for all practical cases.

There is certainly a theoretical maximum length that we have not yet been able to achieve in our tests, though.

Please try the free demo to find out if PhraseExpress is suitable for your tasks.

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