Language and Terminology Tools

Market overview of recommendable language checkers (spelling, grammar, style, terminology) and terminology databases, especially in connection with the creation of technical documentation and user assistance

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Microsoft Word

Better than some standalone spelling and grammar checkers, particularly for the English language.

Price: starting at approx. €130

WordPerfect

Also comes with a fairly good syntax checker.

Price: starting at approx. €310

ProWritingAid

Checks for a large number of issues.

Price: basic version (web application) free, premium edition approx. $35 per year

CorrectEnglish

Needs an internet connection to work. May therefore be inappropriate to process confidential information.

Price: approx. $120 per year

StyleWriter

Especially aims to improve the clarity of your texts.

Price: approx. $150 (“Standard”) and $190 (“Professional”)

Editor

Looks for more than 50 types of writing mistakes and identifies weak style such as unnecessary words that you can omit.

Price: approx. $55 (Standard Version) and $75 (Editor for Word)

WhiteSmoke

Needs an internet connection to work. May therefore be inappropriate to process confidential texts. Only processes a few pages of text at a time. Some reviews of this software report rather aggressive marketing such as windows popping up repeatedly when you don’t upgrade the software, even after you’ve purchased the full license.

Price: approx. €115

RightWriter

Searches for grammar errors and weak writing style.

Price: approx. $30

Writer’s Workbench

Provides a vast scope of different analyses. Only works when you’ve installed English versions of Microsoft Word and Windows.

Price: approx. $100

ClearEdits

Performs some basic checks such as sentence length, repeated words, and wordiness.

Price: approx. $80

After the Deadline

English grammar, style, and contextual spelling checker. Available for a variety of platforms such as WordPress, Confluence, Firefox, Chrome, and OpenOffice.

Price. free (open source)

Grammarly

Web-based proofreader that corrects contextual spelling mistakes, checks for grammar errors, and enhances vocabulary usage.

Price: starting at approx. $12 per month

PerfectIt

Ensures consistency with house styles and between multiple authors. Requires Microsoft Word.

Price: approx. $90

Congree

Authoring assistance tool that helps to create rule-compliant and style-compliant text. Available for Microsoft Word and other editors.

Price: approx. €167 (“Personal”); prices of other editions not published

Term checker for Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE100)

Helps to make sure that text conforms to ASD Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE100). Uses LanguageTool.

Price: checker for ASD Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE100) issue 3: free, checkers for later issues: not published

docuterm

Integrable terminology tool.

Price: not published

AnyLexic

Simple terminology management system. Can import existing glossaries.

Price: approx. €38

SDL Author Assistant for Adobe FrameMaker

Checks text for writing style and terminology issues.

Price: free (freeware)

Lingo

Utility for creating terminology lists.

Price: approx. €80

evoTerm

Web-based terminology management system.

Price: approx. €360 per year

SDM MultiTerm Extract

Extracts terms from documents to help crating terminology databases and glossaries.

Price: approx. €380

Acronyms Master

Builds tables of all acronyms that are used within a Microsoft Word document.

Price: approx. $49 (“Lite”) and $85 (“Pro”)

TermWiki Pro

Enterprise terminology management system.

Price: approx. $10 per user per month

TermStar, WebTerm

Price: not published

acrolinx

Guides writers to create content that’s accurate, consistent, search-ready, and translation-friendly.

Price: not published

UniTerm

Software solutions for the creation, management, and dissemination of corporate languages.

Price: not published

docuterm

Basic terminology checker, integrated into Microsoft Word.

Price: not published

MAXit Checker

Monitors technical texts for compliance with Controlled English or ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English. There are versions available for FrameMaker, Microsoft Word, Arbortext, XMetal, and UltraXML.

Price: not published

Finalyser TERM CHECK

Checks the consistent use of terminology in Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe InDesign, and Microsoft Word. In other editors you can check terms via the included Finalyser Clipboard Listener. For the creation and maintenance of the connected database, you can choose between an XML database and a UniTerm database. Also allows the inclusion of foreign languages.

Price: starting at approx. €1000

TermWeb

Web-based terminology management system.

Price: not published

HyperSTE

Quality assurance software for standardized documentation. Ensures compliance with corporate terminology and style guide rules.

Price: not published

flashterm

Online database that helps you to collect, develop, and apply your organization's terminology.

Price: not published

CLAT Tools

Controlled language authoring utilities.

Price: not published

LanguageTool

Customizable proofreading software that finds errors by looking for text patterns defined in an XML file. Alternatively, error detection rules can be written in Java.

Price: free (open source)

Balabolka

Text-To-Speech (TTS) program that can use all voices installed on your computer. By listening to your texts instead of reading them, you can discover many mistakes that you otherwise would overlook.

Price: free (freeware)

pdfKorrektor

Inserts proofreader’s marks into PDF files.

Price: approx. €295

CriticMarkup

Tool to track down changes to documents in plain text files. Small groups of distinctive characters allow you to highlight insertions, deletions, substitutions, and comments.

Price: free (open source)

KDiff3

Compares or merges two or three text files or directories.

Price: free (open source)

Compare It!

Text comparison utility for text files, Microsoft Word files, Excel files, RTF files, and PDF files.

Price: approx. €27

WinMerge

Visual text file comparison and merging tool.

Price: free (open source)

DiffPDF

Compares PDF files page by page, either textually or visually.

Price: free (open source)

DOCU-PROOF

Compares documents. Finds changes in fonts, sizes, deletions, inserts, spelling, and location. Capable of inspecting unlike documents, for example a Microsoft Word file vs. a PDF file.

Price: not published

Technical Writers’ Companion

Companion and style guide through all stages of a user assistance project, from the analysis of requirements through structuring the content and designing templates, writing, illustrating, proofreading, and translating.

Price: approx. €199

TextSTAT

Reads text files, Microsoft Word files, OpenOffice files, and HTML files, and then generates word frequency lists and concordances from these files. Can spider a whole web site or browser-based help system.

Price: free (open source)

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This page was last updated 12/2014

 

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