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Special Sentences User Guide - Sharing

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Special Sentences includes facilities to transfer topics between devices. So you could, for instance, export from an phone and import to a tablet. You can also open your topics in Special Stories, and print or email them in a choice of formats.

These features are available in the Actions view in Special Sentences, which you can access by tapping the Actions button in the main view.

Export Topic

Tapping Export Topic first presents you with a list of the topics you have created: tap the title of the one you would like to export. If you have more than one collection, you will be prompted to choose a collection, and then to choose from the topics in that collection. An alternative to exporting a single topic is to export the whole collection: to do this, select All topics in collection at the top of the list of topics. Then select the format for the exported file: Special Sentences or Special Stories.

On Desktop:

The file will either automatically be saved in your Downloads folder, or you will have a choice of which folder to use (depending on your browser's download settings). From there you can then open the app in Special Sentences or Special Stories (depending on the format you selected), send it to other devices, share with friends and family, or create backups of your word lists for safe keeping.

On iOS:

You will be presented with a page which will allow you to do a number of things. Selecting More... or the share button will allow you to Save to Files on the device, send the topic or collection of topics via email, copy to another device using AirDrop and copy to certain cloud-storage apps you have installed​.

On Android:

The file will automatically be saved to the Downloads area on your device. From there you can then open it in the relevant app, send it to other devices, or create backups of your topics for safe keeping.

Exporting to Special Stories

When you choose this option, you have exported a file that can be opened by Special Stories. You can open this on the same device (if you have Special Stories installed) or save it and then send via email, AirDrop, etc, to open in Special Stories elsewhere. In this case, each sentence in a topic is transferred as its own page in a corresponding story, with the corresponding text, picture and sound. You can make changes to a story after importing it, as you would with any other story in Special Stories.

Unless you are intending to overwrite existing content in Special Stories, you should choose Add new collection when importing a collection of topics, and if you exported a single topic, choose Add new story.


There is not currently a facility in Special Sentences to print content or to export as PDF. However, if you export content to Special Stories, you can make use of the print facility there.

Import Topic

To import a topic or collection previously exported, select Import Topic and then Choose File.

On Desktop:

After tapping Choose File, the file browser or navigator will open. Locate the file you want to add to the app then either Add new collection or Replace... an existing profile. There is also another way to add a story on desktops: while in Actions, drag and drop the file you are wanting on to the app's Actions page and it will ask you if you want to Add new collection or to Replace... an existing profile.

On iOS:

After tapping Choose File, select Browse... then the Files app will open on your device. Any story you have already saved to your device will be shown here. Simply select the story you want to import then Add new collection or Replace... an existing collection.

On Android:

After tapping Choose File, the Files app will open on your device. This allows you to search for any stories that you have saved on your device. Simple select the story you want to import then tap Done. You will then be taken back to the app and asked if you want to Add new collection or Replace... an existing profile.

Please Note

In Special Sentences Plus your content and settings within the app are stored locally on the device in an area managed by your web browser, but NOT synchronised with any cloud storage service. Clearing website data in your browser will DELETE your content from the app. We strongly recommend you export your topics to somewhere safe on another device, on a regular basis, to avoid unexpected loss of content that is valuable to you.

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