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The Best Software and What They Offer to the Writers
chillibreeze writer — Anupama Cowlagi
You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you've got something to say. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Therefore, many of you struggling with your commas and apostrophes, expressions and hyperboles, and of course a review system need a powerful software that not only organizes your thoughts in a way that is easy for you to understand, but also proofreads your work for you. Let us find out, the best options available in the market for writers and amateurs who need that extra bit of support to refine their work.
1. Google Docs
For starters, this one is free and does not require any downloads.
There will be times, when you will need to share your work with people. For such times, this is a very handy tool, as you can share your document with other users right from within Google Docs, and can even edit the document simultaneously. Unlike the majority of the document-sharing services available today, this one does not charge its users any fees for sharing their work.
It even has various options when you choose to share your document, such as – ‘Can edit’, ‘Can view’, ‘Can comment’...etc.
You can access your documents from any computer, so there’s no need to lug around your laptop or even your tiny pen drive!
Essentially, this one is a very basic tool/software to get started!
You can access Google Docs through Google’s homepage: www.google.com
The tagline for this software is ‘Online. Edit. Storyboard. Write’. That pretty much conveys what this software can do! It is an award-winning software, which helps writers begin right from scratch on whatever it is they are working on. The software acts as a great prewriting tool, allowing the user to collect their researched material and order their fragmented ideas all at one single place.
Although not a free software, it is totally worth your money because of the various features available in this software. One noteworthy feature is that it ensures continuity in your work. The software allows the user to assign ‘stamps’ to their document that helps the user know on which draft of their document they are working – is it their rough draft, the second one, or the final draft.
The software also preserves the previous versions of the user’s work, by allowing the user to take a snapshot of the document they are working on, before the user decides to revise it. This way a user has a great advantage of looking back at the previous versions of their document and picking up/polishing their ideas, which were recorded previously.
The best thing about using this software is that when the user needs to edit or re-write their document, the split-screen mode enables the user to edit several documents at once, and each change that you make to your document is auto-saved, so there is no chance of ever losing your work!
Last but not the least, it was initially launched only on the Mac platform but now the free trial for Windows is available too!
Read up about this software at http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php
A paid, online, screenwriting software suitable for writers at all levels. The company (www.scripped.com) has merged with Zhura (an online performance writing provider) providing a host of benefits to the end users. The software offers a hassle-free experience to its users in synchronizing their work, both online and offline.
The software allows a member writer to collaborate with other member writers through various groups created within the software. With such a feature, there is a scope for likeminded people to come together and even share their work!
Scripped offers tutorials to its members on various topics like: how to write a script using the software, how to import/export a script into the software and many more. All the tutorials are quite easy to follow. The user can also choose from a variety of script formats (screenplay, stage play, sitcom, comic book and audio play).
With a host of features like these and many more, this software is sure worth exploring further.
To explore this in detail navigate to http://scripped.com/
This is a writing enhancement software which, effectively checks your writing in many ways. No wonder it is already a multi-award winner for the services it offers its users. A must-have software for any writer who wants to avoid any embarrassment on submitting their work to a professional agency.
An up-to-date dictionary and thesaurus, accurate language translator (in 11 languages) and a text analyzer that analyzes the content of your text rather than just looking at the mechanics are the tools that make this software an outstanding one.
The errors that this software can point out are subject–verb inconsistency, closely spelled words and homonyms and so on. An amazing fact is that the software produces a report based on the project a user is currently working on. This report analyzes the written text in quite a comprehensive way. It lists things like; the number of sentences analyzed, the number of grammar, spelling and style corrections etc.
Take a look at this award winning software here: http://www.whitesmoke.com/
The developers of this software claim that this software is the world’s largest style and usage checker. This is another award-winning writing and editing software that helps polish your writing into a simple and easy-to-understand style, which makes your writing readable.
This paid software works as an add-on to MS Word and comes in three versions: USA version, UK version, and the Australian version. The user can select their version when completing the installation.
A good feature of this software is that shows the user how to edit each sentence, rather than just auto-correcting it. Thus, it makes it a very popular software for student writers and corporate alike. The software boasts of a 200,000 graded wordlist and a 50,000-word/phrase style and usage checker.
The host of tools that this software provides does indeed make it a ‘complete’ solution for anyone using it. With a style checker that scans your document for passive words or foreign words, you can be assured of a document that is clean and easy to comprehend. There is a readability feature which, offers numerous readability statistics about your document. This along with the proofreading feature, jargon buster, sentence editing – all these truly make it a world-class software, helping the user develop a fantastic product in the end.
You can read more about this utility at http://www.stylewriter-usa.com/
I would highly recommend these utilities that make the writer’s life much easier. They are useful tools for professional writers, amateurs, managers stuck with lengthy documents to draft and even students struggling with a dissertation. These five are probably the best writing software available in the market today!
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