Pros and Cons of Grammarly.com – Proofreading Software
Grammarly is a writing enhancement software thatâs been on the market for five years atÂ the writing of this piece. Launched in 2009 by Max Lytvyn and Alex Shevchenko, (twoÂ Ukrainians whose friendship originally formed in Kiev while they were college students), theÂ software provides a valuable tool for writers of many different genres. From blog writers,Â to students, to journalists and many others, the ability to edit content and createÂ âgrammatically correctâ text without much of the hassle associated with proofreading canÂ be found through the use of Grammarly. Grammarly currently uses 250 grammar rules toÂ check documents and ensure text incorporates the English standard for writing based on aÂ pre selected writing genre. As with most apps there are some positives and negatives.Â Listed below are several reasons why the software is a little mix of both good and bad.
USAGE: Grammarly provides a clear explanation for every error found in anyÂ document and provides suggestions on ways to correct mistakes.
Text can be analyzed contextually when entered into the software providing resultsÂ based on the genre of a particular writing including casual, academic, business,Â technical and more.
Grammarly has a built in dictionary and thesaurus which scans the document andÂ highlights all words that can be replaced with a synonymous word to make theÂ writers text stronger.
The site offers suggestions for citing your work and alerts you to the possibility ofÂ plagiarism within your document or writing.
ACCESSIBILITY: Toolbars can be added to your web browser to check for mistakes asÂ you create documents if you use a PC as your main writing apparatus.
Website visitors can try out the site using a 7 day free trial before purchasing aÂ membership to the site.Â Grammarly is compatible with Microsoft Word and Outlook and the software worksÂ without an internet connection within these plug-ins.
USAGE: As with many proofreading softwares, there are some text errors that goÂ unnoticed so users will have to continue to proofread their text after Grammarly hasÂ completed an analysis.
Writers must select the proper genre before receiving the best analysis.
Users will have to be aware of grammar rules to know when to accept suggestionsÂ made by the software.
Grammarly currently only has a limited amount of price options including; anÂ individual subscription plan, which requires users to commit to monthly, quarterly orÂ annual subscriptions; and a volume based option for schools, or businesses, whichÂ requires the purchase of an annual subscription.
ACCESSIBILITY: Grammarly is currently a PC friendly site with most of the grammarlyÂ add-ins such as Grammarly for Outlook and Grammarly for Word, being currentlyÂ unavailable for Mac users.Â Grammarly is inaccessible offline and users must have an internet connection inÂ order to make the best use of the software.
Customer service is not a strong point for the company based on user reviews of theÂ site however, the company seems to have a help and support page accessible byÂ clicking a link at the bottom of the website.
With the rise of social media and internet access writers from all professions and hobbiesÂ can benefit from having software with built in proofreading capabilities. Grammarly hasÂ both strong and weak areas and can be improved by developers. It cannot currently beÂ used as a substitute for finding all errors in writing, yet it does seem to offer writers a toolÂ for improving pieces and increasing writing skills in many areas.
You will never know if that’s work for you better without trying. So I suggest 7 day free trial at Grammarly.com and If you don’t like it you can always cancel it.