I recently ran in to an issue with a program I use called PhraseExpress. It’s a text expander/hotkey/macro program that’s extremely useful and can save lots of time.
I love the concept of the program, but I was wanting to attempt another program and I needed to get my data out. While I’ve my golden rule about being able to export my data, I never checked with PhraseExpress; it didn’t offer this function natively- so I created an export function.
So, I was tinkering around with some things and I wanted the phrases from PhraseExpress in this other toy I was playing with. PhraseExpress doesn’t export to TXT or CSV; only their proprietary PXP [binary file] they offer.
Here’s a video Of what I did…
Here’s the AutoHotKey files. As of 2/05/2015 this was working.
The PhraseExpress program has to be at its smallest window size, as the mouse is looking specific locations. I may revise the program to be more intelligent later; the video explains and shows some of this. The script goes and grabs the description, the content and the autotext; copies those and stores them and then exports them to the CSV file.
Important!With the latest version , download and run it. Then open PhraseExpress select the first phrase you want to export and press CTRL-S. It’ll start going through the phrases. Press X at any time to stop the script.
CSV file is TAB separated and Quotes around the exported text.
There should be nothing incorrect with the script since the data being exported is your data; you should be able to do with the data any way you please.
The PhraseExpress team may add this function later, but for now this is a down and dirty version.
This information is offered as an option to help to help others and to possibly offer an alternate method for backup for PhraseExpress data.
And this is just another way, and another reason why, I love AutoHotKey so much!
Important!Note: With the release of PhraseExpress 10 you can export to a textual format which negates my script. I’m glad it’s there, sad it took 4 years to implement. If you’ve got a old very of PhraseExpress you’ll have to purchase the upgrade fee to be able to export YOUR data. Here’s a reference lilnk: http://www.phraseexpander.com/phraseexpress-export-phrases-csv/
I hope this helps.
Until next time,