Today, I am going to introduce some software to you that will help you enhance your writing. No, there is no such button as “Create Masterpiece” in any of these programs, but they will help you proofread and edit, as they possess all the necessary tools needed for these tasks.
There is no specific order for the programs I list below, so the way they are arranged does not mean one is better than the other. All of them are good, and it’s up to you to choose one for yourself.
Developers of this piece of software claim it to be the ultimate assistant for any writer and/or editor, as this program can show you how and when to cut sentences, simplify, or rewrite unsuccessful passages.
One of the functions I enjoyed was checking for jargon and plain speech. Sometimes we get used to speaking one way or another, so much we don’t realize it’s jargon or slang. StyleWriter will keep an eye on jargon words, abbreviations, or informal vocabulary.
Its biggest disadvantage is the price though; not anyone can afford paying $190 for the pro version of this software.
This is a solid piece of writing enhancement software, which has all the basic functions you might need for writing and editing. Its main feature is that it allows grammar, punctuation, and spell checking in real time—this means you don’t have to copy-paste chunks of text from here to there, but the program will check everything in real-time.
The quality of checking is high; WhiteSmoke seems to be analyzing your writing in its general context, not word by word; as a result, you get useful stylistic and syntax corrections. However, WhiteSmoke cannot analyze your writing for plagiarism, and for some people, this might be a disadvantage; for me, it’s not.
The price is relatively fair: about $80.
I would use it myself, I guess, if only I didn’t have Apple hardware; the thing is that Grammarly’s integration with MS Office does not work on Apple platforms.
Otherwise, it’s a decent piece of software, which is able to perform contextual analysis of your writing, scan it for mistakes and typos, plagiarism analysis, and possesses many other useful functions.
One of the things I liked about Grammarly is its Personal Writing Handbook feature. It keeps scores of every document you have analyzed with its help, and records detailed statistics of your strengths and weaknesses. This way you can track your progress and see which areas you need to pay more attention to.
The price is almost $140.
There are definitely more kinds of editing and writing software I could introduce in this small review, but to me these three seem to be the best. Enjoy!