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Conclave 2015

Self Editing Tools

A small sample

Conclave has come and gone and we had a great time, Learned a bunch, taught a bit and spent time with friends.

One of the panels I was on covered self-editing tools.

Basicly, these are automated tools that will not fix your writing, but will point out areas you should examine more closely (and maybe rework.

None of them are truly good. All are better than nothing.

My take is that Language Tool and checkIt are the best free tools. Gramarly might easily be the best tool overall, but it hit more false-positives than I liked.

Here's the things I covered and where to find them.

Name Platform URL Cost Features
Gramarly Web based www.grammarly.com 11.95->29.95 / Month
  • Passive Voice
  • Mismatched case
  • Mismatched article
  • Spelling
  • Comma
  • Double words
  • Common misuse
checkIt Linux/Mac/Windows www.cwflynt.com/checkIt Free
  • Weak words
  • User defined patterns
  • Thesaurus
  • Duplicated words
diction Linux/Windows http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/diction.htm Free
  • Passive voice
  • Double words
  • Common misuse
style Linux/Windows http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/diction.htm Free Computes readability indices
Language Tool Linux/Mac/Windows http://extensions.libreoffice.org/extension-center/languagetool Free
  • Spelling
  • Context for homonyms
  • Some Grammar errors

Bottom line

Any checker is better than none.
No checker is better than you.