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Stylewriter Writing Software

 
 
Review Summary
 
Best plain english writing software for large organizations, school, and business company. First choice for copywriters, More plain writing, More Sales!
 
You can't use it on MAC OS! Only for Microsoft Windows. And is not Compatible with IE/Firefox
Rating:
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   4.5 / 5

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What People Are Saying


"I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this program. I have used StyleWriter in all my writing since the first trial I bought. I just keep getting better. It is awesome. The more you use it the easier it is and the better your own writing becomes. I really like that it doesn't change your own style, but makes the text more succinct. This is enormously helpful when writing publications, courses and instructional material - which is my job. The last document I sent for editing had virtually NO changes.

Now, I would say I am a very good writer, but this program has helped me enormously."

- Professional Writer

"I ran StyleWriter on an old report which had been thoroughly edited and revised to what we thought was a pretty good standard, and using every check available in MS Word. StyleWriter showed us so many genuine stylistic improvements - I am amazed. The advert is right - it is like having an expert editor sitting at one's side. What an incredible program."

- Marketing Manager

Who Is It For?


With Plain English, you will find the right words—no more, no less—to convey exactly what you need to say and keep your readers interested.


Stylewriter software is suitable for:

Advertisers, Article writers, Businessmen, College and University Students, Government & Large Organizations, Copywriters, Doctors, TEFL, English Teachers, Executives, Expert Linguists, Ghostwriters, High school Students, Journalists, Lawyers, Marketing Managers, Poets, Professional Writers, Proofreaders, Salesmen, Secretaries, Translators, Technical Writers and Editors.



Description


Stylewriter is the most popular english writing software. The EditorSoftware is a UK company, Their StyleWriter writing solution included Stylewriter writing software, electronic writing course, and elecronic house style for large organizations.

Review


The Daily Telegraph
by Richard Jones - Editor of the Good Software Guide

StyleWriter teaches the art of editing; how to run the editor's pen through inadequate writing; how to cut the waffle, how to turn a draft into clear and concise plain English.

It persuades users to change their ingrained style. It persuades writers to produce prose that helps readers - effectively and briefly. And it is really very good.

The program works by analyzing writing for 35,000 known style and usage faults. To take two simple examples, it suggests altering "It was decided by the committee..." to "The committee decided..."; and "This pamphlet is intended to show..." to "This pamphlet shows...."

Blindingly obvious when you think about it. And it is what plain English is all about - clear, concise and effective writing. It also highlights complex words and suggests simpler alternatives, draws attention to abstract words, over-complex phrases, confused and misused words (a far more common problem than poor grammar) and the bare minimum of self-evident grammatical errors.

The results of using plain English are stunning. The UK Employment Department saved £250,000 a year in paper alone, merely by reducing the number of words used. StyleWriter may well be a surprise when you start to use it, mainly because its advice is so devastatingly sensible.

Poor writing is often the result of slipshod thinking or the muddled memory of unnecessary rules.

StyleWriter has the chance to break habits most writers are not aware they had. Anyone smug enough to think they have no writing problems should remember the old saying "Most writers only have two writing problems: first they don't know how to write; second they think they do."

It is time to break these habits, either by joining the Plain English Campaign, or, on computers, using StyleWriter. It had a significant effect on me, and I know I knew it all. These people are talking my language, or indeed our language - English - clearly.

The Manual
Anne Bradbeer reviews a software package that should bring a touch of style to your work.

I first encountered StyleWriter tucked away unpretentiously at the back of a computer exhibition. It was competing for attention with a virtual reality game, free teddy bears, and a reconstruction of a Parisian cafe. At least you could tell what the StyleWriter stand was promoting. I liked it already.

The package comes from the UK-based company Editor Software. "StyleWriter is designed for people who do a lot of writing, but wouldn't necessarily consider themselves writers", according to the program designers. I'm sure it could benefit many people who do consider themselves writers.

As a manual writer myself, I believe that good software needs a good manual. When a product claims to help with writing style, its manual is doubly important. The StyleWriter (CD) manual is excellent. It is clear, to the point, and gives you every confidence in the claims of the software.

The package is easy to use; you certainly don't have to be a computer genius. It accepts text directly from the most popular word processing packages or through the clipboard. If you have a little computer experience its use is pretty intuitive, but the computerized manual and tutorial provide thorough backup.

StyleWriter has two kinds of online help. Predictably, one is about using the program. The other is like having the Chicago Manual of Style at your fingertips. For example, if you forget how to use the exclamation mark correctly, advice is available at the press of a key.

As it checks your text, StyleWriter looks for stylistic horrors such as long sentences and passive constructions. It also watches for sexist language, jargon and foreign terms amongst a host of other problems. It checks for up to 26 different categories of stylistic and proofreading pitfalls. The house style category lets you include your own organization's style rules for checking.

StyleWriter is undoubtedly useful for anyone who writes, not just technical authors. It takes the hard slog out of editing, and draws your attention to stylistic faults you probably didn't know you had. In an ideal world, every technical author would have a copy of it.

Stylewriter Features - The most powerful way to edit any document

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