Editing and Proofreading Software

I use two programs for checking my writing after I’ve carried out visual proofreading. They are PerfectIt and SmartEdit. They do similar jobs, but are different in application. For example, PerfectIt is better for technical material, while SmartEdit is geared towards fiction.

 PerfectIt is a Microsoft Word add-in. It works well with documents that require consistent abbreviations, acronyms, hyphenations, capitalisation, spellings, compound words, and so on.

It costs US$59 for the Standard version and the Professional version is US$99. The licensed user can […]

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Word Web Pro

Word Web Pro is a program I’ve used for as long as I can remember. It’s a combined dictionary and thesaurus and sits in my system tray, ready for any query I might throw at it. However, it’s real strength is its ability, when I highlight a word and click the system tray icon, to pop up a definition and a list of synonyms. For a writer, that’s invaluable. The basic version is free. I have the Pro Bundle version and for A$69 I get […]

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The Best Writing Software

Over the years I’ve tested various writing programs to find an improvement over Microsoft Word for managing the development of a novel. They’ve included Grammatica, New Novelist, Story Weaver, yWriter5, and others I’ve forgotten the names of.

None appealed to me.

I had two particular requirements: the ability to export to Word; and a means of locating all scenes in which a character appeared.

When Scrivener for Windows first appeared, I gave it a shot, but it seemed rough around the edges, falling […]

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