This guest post was written by Ken Mullins. Ken serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators in the field of Information Technology. His wife is training as an Educational Consultant for Wycliffe. They have a desire “to see God’s message of life available to everyone in a language that they can connect with.”
Those of us in missions spend a large amount of our time in correspondence with our partners. Quite frequently we say the same thing repeatedly but with minor changes to keep our email personal. Originally I created a MS Word document with commonly used phrases that I would cut-n-paste into my emails. For example, “We often pray for you and thank God for your part in our ministry.”
Well PhraseExpress is a free tool that blew me away! It organized my commonly used phrases (some pretty long); expanded abbreviations (as I typed); auto-completed phrases (just like MS Word’s Auto Correct feature); and corrected spelling (MS Word does this already, but this will do it in any program – like when I mis-spell a word in my Facebook status). And did I mention the price, FREE! (Disclaimer: it is only free for personal use). This has made partnership development faster and easier. (Note: I did not say that it made it fast and easy, I just said this makes it faster and easier).
Anyone who corresponds several times each week (or daily) should have this utility.
Three features that I especially found neat in PhraseExpress were: 1) I set Phrase express to enter my email address when I press Ctrl-F12. 2) I like to close my letters and e-mail with a thought-provoking / inspirational quote. I set up a directory of “famous quotes”; then a sub-directory of my favorite authors (i.e. Augustine, C S Lewis; A W Tozer; Schafer; Chesterton; etc.). 3) I save my data file to “My DropBox.” That way any updates I make are available to me on any computer that I use (with DropBox installed).
Product support can be summed up in three steps: 1) make sure you are running the latest version, 2) read the manual and 3) browse the support forum.
The product is Windows product that works with 32 or 64 bit Windows XP, Vista and 7. A USB memory device version is available too.
I am still looking for a program that will write my letters for me, but in the meantime this is a piece of software that saves me time and keyboarding.
If you would like to know more or download your personal FREE copy, check out the PhraseExpress website.