Take Writing to the Next Level
If you’ve ever written something down, then you have dealt with proofreading. Proofreading, while necessary, is tedious at best. It takes a long time, a fair amount of concentration, and missing even the smallest detail can result in disaster.
Not many people are good at proofreading and even the ones that are require a significant amount of time to proofread. There are plenty of spell checker programs out there, but the English language is full of nuisances that will never get picked up by a typical spell checker.
While at SXSW this year, I happened upon the booth of Lingofy, a completely free application available on both Windows and Mac to help with proofreading. The app is still in beta so there are a couple bugs they are still working out, but the app works well so far. There is also a paid version of the app if you want to proof your content with AP styles.
But enough about the app, let’s see some examples of Lingofy in action.
He was a patieint at John Hopkins University. He admitted that he almost never went there and that when visiting the lovely city of Bombay, he liked to watch shows on his iPhone. State officials debated the need for sports programs in pubic schools. There was a perfect storm that would surely put their friendship to the test. Audience members were stunned by the sudden arrival of Warren Buffet. Promoters for the event were unable to reach the front-man for the band on his cell phone. Prior to his death, he was very much alive … the chairperson was scheduled to speak at 5 PM. Be sure to stop by the Lingofy booth at the conference and pick up a yoyo, and if you Tweet about them you could win an Ipad. Don’t forget to try out the new PLUS features — they can provide insight into usage, such as when to use who or whom and if you are using biannual correctly.
After running Lingofy on the paragraph above, this is what you get:
Not only does it catch obvious mistakes like patient being spelt wrong, but it catches double spaces, proper nouns, the fact that Bombay is now Mumbai, and other errors.
Let’s try another example of a blog we’ve previously written here.
While some of these errors can be ignored, it did catch a few that need to be corrected. Is this app the death of proofreading? No, but it is helpful tool. Lingofy has an add-on for Firefox, Safari, and Chrome which allows you to proofread your content inside the browser of your choice.
To get Lingofy for yourself, go to their download page. After deciding between the Mac or Windows version, you’ll need to create an account. Once your account is created, you’ll receive a verification email. Once verified and you’ve installed Lingofy, run the LingofyUpdater and it will automatically install the add-on to Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.
Keep in mind that Lingofy only proofreads text that is inside of a textarea and works great with content management systems like WordPress or Drupal. For a free application, I feel like Lingofy is a must-have for writers and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future.