Online ProofReading Tools

5 Best Online Proofreading Tools of 2018

In Writing and Editing by Fathi Arfaoui0 CommentsLast Updated: August 30th, 2018

What’s the best proofreading software that author and writers use?

Is it that online tool that let me fix the common writing issues like grammar, spelling, and verbs?

Or it’s that application that helps me to understand my writing and editing errors with explanations and clarifications?

Nowadays, writing an eBook, a blog post or articles can take hours of proofreading, editing, and checking. Even a simple Facebook post needs at least some kinds of app that catch the spelling issues.

So, there is no way to produce the high quality content without using online tools that help us to proofread our text and get error-free writing.

In this guide, I’ll show you:

  • The top rated online proofreading tools to use
  • The Pros, Cons, and details
  • A quick review of each tool and service
  • Which proofreading software is the best for you

For many, having a quick comparison table is what they look for, so, before reviewing each one of the most popular proofreading tools and services, here is a comparison of Grammarly Vs Ginger Vs WhiteSmoke, the top 3 tools.

Proofreading SoftwareNative AppsMobile AppPlagiarism CheckBrowsers
Grammarly Windows Mac Yes Yes Chrome Safari FireFox Visit
Ginger Windows Mac Yes No Chrome Safari Visit
WhiteSmoke Windows Mac Yes No Chrome Firefox Edge Safari Opera Visit

1. Grammarly Review

The first time I used Grammarly was in 2013, at that time, there was no proofreading application that helps especially in fixing WordPress writing. So, I wanted to give the software a try and it was amazing in one word.

Grammarly is actually the number one proofreading solution for writers and bloggers. Even more, popular authors who are successful on Amazon and have best seller ebook on Kindle are using it.

So, there is no reason for not trying Grammarly, see how it works, what you can fix as errors, spelling and grammar problems and then, decide. Best of all, it’s a free proofreading software that you can use on Chrome, Safari or Firefox through one of their extensions.

On the other hand, if you prefer the native apps, then, Grammarly offers an application for Mac OS and also Windows. That being said, I personally prefer using their browser extension for proofreading and it’s lightweight, fast and doesn’t need any disk space.

Unlike other popular proofreading algorithms, Grammarly is the most sophisticated. It scans the text and understands d what you mean, and that prevents wrong suggestions. The best part is that there is no automated correction, but the software automatically checks your text for errors and styling. That way, you get a full list of grammatical and spelling problems to fix with one click.

If you use your smartphone a lot, then, use their app on the go. And if you don’t want to install any app or extension, you still have the online editing tool, it’s a complete writing solution with tools to have error-free writing.

The worst thing that a writer need, is to find that he copied a phrase from a website without even noticing that (that happens as we are all human). So, dealing with content that’s not original is not easy. For that, here s a premium plagiarism detector tool with Grammarly. It scans the web and finds if your text is original or copied.

Now, it’s the time to show you some of the Grammarly strengths and weaknesses.

Grammarly Summary

Grammarly Pros:

  • Voted The best proofreading app in the world
  • Millions of users
  • Used by well known writers and bloggers
  • The right option to proofread blog posts, newsletters, and sales pages.
  • The software comes in many versions: browse extension, mobile app, native desktop application
  • Completely free to use, unless you need extra levels of checking, there is a premium version for you
  • Over 400 checking points
  • Exclusive plagiarism checker (write with confidence, your text will be 100% original)
  • Complete sentence checker
  • Weekly reports including your progress, your common errors and what to do to fix them
  • It has a dedicated software for universities and students
  • The user gets the definitions and synonyms of any word or phrase with double clicks
  • It finds more writing errors and problems than any other tool does
  • You can access your personal advisor using the online account
  • Microsoft Office integration
  • If you add a new word that the software is unable to recognize, you can add it to your personal dictionary.
  • You can use it to check your emails, Facebook posts, tweets etc…

Cons of Grammarly:

While Grammarly is my preferred editing and writing tool, it comes with some cons:

  • You can only use it with Internet Connection (online)
  • It won’t let you fix all the errors in WordPress and other sites unless you login, luckily, it’s free anyway.
  • The price may look expensive to many

Is Grammarly Free?

Grammarly can be used completely for free, it offers what we all need as spell checking, punctuation fixing, and complete proofreading. However, there are extra features that use their servers excessively and o course, that needs a lot of resources to maintain the best performances. So, in the premium account, you get an advanced contextual grammar check, plagiarism checker and more.

So how much does the paid Grammarly version cost?

If you want to buy the Grammarly premium plan, then, there is a good deal:

  1. The monthly cost will be $11.66 for one billing of one year ($139)
  2. The monthly subscription cost is $29.95
  3. If you choose to pay Quarterly, the premium plan cost is 19.98/month with one payment of $59.95
  4. There are also plans for businesses, the cost will depend on the number of users ($10 per user monthly).

2. Ginger Software Review

If there is one software that checks your text for spelling and helps you fix the sentence structure, it will be Ginger software. Grammarly is good, however, this tool works better for fixing the most common spelling and punctuation issues. But as any other tool, use it with care, don’t always click on every suggestion the app makes. Sometimes, you’ll find wrong corrections that you need to ignore.

Each online proofreading program has its own best features, Ginger is better at detecting punctuation problems. In addition, there is a good translation tool. For that, if you want to write a novel or an ebook and have a fast, but accurate translation, then, get Ginger and save a lot of time.

Ginger summary

Pros of Ginger software:

  • Work well for spelling and punctuation
  • There are Windows and Mac version
  • Good online editing interface
  • Good translating tool
  • Sentence rephrase
  • Text reader
  • It proofread your text on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Gmail, LinkedIn and more.
  • Easy online proofreader

Cons of Ginger:

  • The browser extension may not work with WordPress and other apps
  • Ginger is copying Grammarly on everything they do, I know their software for years, and now, their pages, features, writing, and designs are copied from what Grammarly did.

Prices: In order to have no mistakes proofreading with Ginger, it’s better to go with their premium plan. The free tool work, but not that much as Grammarly. So, hee is an overview of the Ginger software prices.

  1. The one year plan cost $7.49/month with one payment of $89.88
  2. The monthly plan cost is $20.97
  3. The Quarterly plans cost $13.00/month with one payment of $40.97

3. WhiteSmoke Review

WhiteSmoke is one of the best English writing tools in the market, it has multiple tools and systems that correct your writing anytime you need. This proofreading software received appreciations, positive feedback, and thumb ups from the world’s best writers for its linguistic capabilities and ease of use.

WhiteSmoke is also recommended for writers who publish a lot of content. It’s a complete editing solution that cm with many good features and tools including:

  • Grammar checker
  • Style checker
  • Work with Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
  • Spell checker tool
  • Translator
  • Punctuation check

I wanted to see if they have a mobile app, and surprisingly, WhiteSmoke can be used through a good mobile app that you can install from Google Play or the App Store.

4. Scribendi Review

Scribendi is a professional proofreading service, so, it’s not a software and it makes the difference in this list. But you should use the online software to send your test anyway. So, the features are similar if you exclude the human proofreading behind the tool.

When you use Scribendi English academic editing, you get a report with spelling errors, punctuation issues, grammar errors and typos in your submitted document. Also, you can find a history of document changes made by expert English editors. That way, it’s easy to find the progress of proofreading with comments and suggestions.

Scribendi summary

Pros of Scriendi

  • One of the best editing and proofreading services
  • Real expert editors who check your paper
  • Work best for business documents
  • It can be used to be proofread papers, essays, journal articles, assignments, presentations etc…

Scribendi Cons

  • Not cheap services (the proofreading a document of 500 words cost  $34 or more)
  • No plagiarism detector tool

If there is a proofreading service that’s recommended for business and official documents, it will be Scribendi. I know someone who uses their service for diplomatic text editing.

5. Editorr Review

If you don’t want to use a proofreading software, you can still use this service to make your writing free of grammatical mistakes embarrassing spelling. As a well known proofreading service, Editorr connects you with real English language editor 24/7. So, when you need to check your document for error, you can submit the text and one of their highly qualified editing team will fix your writing problem and make your text error free.

Editorr summary

Editorr Pros

  • Smart technology that cost you with editors
  • Fast editing services
  • Real people
  • Work well to proofread business emails, social media content, resumes and cover letters

Editorr Cons

  • Expensive proofreading service compared to the above tools

As this is not a subscription-based website, you pay as you go, the user will be charged $19 for 500 words.

Final evaluation: Which is the best proofreading tool?

As you can see, each one of these trusted proofreading tools come with pros and Cons. So, there is no perfect program that fixes all your writing errors and works better than a human editing. However, when it comes to saving time, having a good writing experience, there is one recommended solution and it’s Grammarly. It works with all types of websites, online editing tools and it came with a free version and also a premium account for extended features.

On the other side, Grammarly as all the other proofreading software options won’t work offline. That’s one of the worst things about any program. However, if we look closely, we’ll find that in order to have an offline writing corrector tool, we need a big size of software that no personal computer can work with.

In reality, Grammarly has a huge database of data that needs lots of servers to work and fix your text. So, thinking that way, we need to keep in mind that there is no offline proofreading solution that can work unless you have data centers and millions of dollars to invest in it.

If you think that you have more spelling problems than grammar, then, Ginger will be your best solution. Its work well and it’s good for spelling and punctuation checker.

Now, if you’re one of those who writes lost fo content on Facebook, social media and uses a smartphone all the day, then, choosing WhiteSmoke is better for you. The mobile app works well no matter if you have also or a fast Internet connection.

That’s it for this guide and proofreading tools review. What do you think about these app, and grammar solutions?

Is there any preferred proofreading software that works for you and you personally want to recommend?

So, let me know and share your feedback using the comment section below.

Fathi Arfaoui: A Physicist, founder and owner of Trustiko.com. He shares Business, WordPress, Web Safety, and Blogging tips to build better websites and blogs. Thus, you will succeed online with the right marketing strategies and recommendations. Of course, you’ll find much more topics.

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