Textify

Have you ever wanted to copy some text from a dialog box which doesn’t provide such functionality?
Textify was created to solve this problem: you can point your mouse over the text, click on the mouse shortcut (Shift + Middle click by default), and get a selectable view of the text.

Download

exe textify_setup.exe (505.66 kB, changelog)

Source code

https://github.com/RaMMicHaeL/Textify

Demonstration

Textify v1.6 Translation Demo

Textify and Google Chrome

Here are the steps to make Google Chrome work with Textify:

  • Open Google Chrome, and navigate to the following URL: chrome://accessibility/.
  • Check the checkboxes under Global accessibility mode.

To keep accessibility always enabled for Chrome, add the following command line parameter to your Chrome shortcut:
--force-renderer-accessibility

Posted in Releases, Software by RaMMicHaeL at March 5th, 2016.
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282 Responses to “Textify”

  1. David says:

    Hey,
    What an awesome tool. Simple and to the point.
    Are you planning to include any other donation options? I have never used Paypal before. I would give it a try later sometime.

    Is there any ‘number of characters’ limit to this? Currently I see a maximum of 4100 characters copied to windows clipboard. What if I have to copy an entire web-page having about 15000 characters? Can this functionality be added? or Is it possible to modify the source code?
    When pressing the hot key combination, a pop up menu appears. Although I enabled auto-copy option through the ini file, but is it possible to hide the pop-up window during the copy operation or an option to enable this in the ini file?
    How do we set this up to allow the text to be saved automatically in pre-numbered files or give an option to enter a file name.

    I would be looking forward to your reply.
    Cheers

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi David,

      Are you planning to include any other donation options?

      Thank you for considering a donation, but no, not at this time. I have PayPal and Bitcoin, which I believe are the most popular options to make a donation.

      Is there any ‘number of characters’ limit to this?

      Not in Textify. Textify uses the UI Automation API, and usually the target application, which provides text via this API, limits the length. For example, you can try and see that Notepad has a different limit than Chrome.

      is it possible to hide the pop-up window during the copy operation or an option to enable this in the ini file

      No, there’s no such option.

      How do we set this up to allow the text to be saved automatically in pre-numbered files or give an option to enter a file name.

      This is also not possible with Textify.

      Perhaps this tip will help you. If you drag text from Ditto into a folder, it writes the text into text files. Hope that helps.

  2. Fabrice says:

    Hi Michael,

    We found this amazing software at the office one year ago, it was the moment of my life (yeah really). But since we have Office 2013 (with new VC++ redistribuable package maybe), about a few months, Textify doesn’t work anymore, only in a few places, before it worked everywhere !

    Do you know about this issue ?

    Thanks,

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Fabrice,

      I can’t think of a reason for Office 2013 or a VC++ redistributable package to conflict with Textify. You can try comparing the functionality with Microsoft’s Inspect tool, and see if the issue is with Textify or with the system.

  3. Stamimail says:

    Do you think about adding OCR?

  4. Sarah says:

    Will this work with iPad Pro devices? I don’t have a mouse and was hoping there might be an alternative command for us mobile users?

  5. Sepaweh says:

    Can U make a portable version of this excellent program?please

  6. Zane Stein says:

    Can you make a Mac version?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Textify is designed for Windows, using Windows accessibility APIs. It cannot be just ported to Mac, most/all of the code needs to be re-implemented. I have no experience in Mac development, so don’t count on me for this.

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