[Windows Only] How often do you type the word “teh” instead of “the”? If it’s very often, you aren’t alone. “Teh” is so common that it’s become an accepted word on the internet.
Would you like to have most of your misspellings corrected automatically? You can have that, and much more, with a small portable freeware utility named ‘Texter’.
Texter is a text replacement tool from Adam Pash at Lifehacker. It includes a small library of common spelling errors, and it will constantly watch every word you type. When it recognizes a misspelled word, it can automatically change the letters to correct the error. However, the real power it gives you is the ability to create your own letter combinations and replacements. For example, I can set up Texter to automatically replace “imo” with “In my opinion”.
Watch this video if you’d like to see Texter in action:
I use Texter for:
â€¢ phrases that I type often
â€¢ abbreviations that I like to expand
â€¢ addresses I type often
â€¢ passwords at websites
â€¢ long signatures at the end of letters
â€¢ famous quotes at the end of letters
â€¢ programming code snippets
Techie Buzz Verdict:
If you aren’t using a text replacement tool already, Texter is good place to start. It’s free, it’s portable and it’s easy to use. Like me, you may find that it’s a ‘must-have’ on your PC and on your portable flash drive. The only thing it’s missing is a local help file describing all of the features.
If you’re using Mozilla Firefox and you do any writing on the web then, here is an interesting and intelligent add-on for you. After the Deadline, from Automattic, is a fabulous add-on for Mozilla Firefox which brings smart, contextual spelling, style and grammar checking to the browser. It works on most text area’s used in HTML forms.
After the Deadline enables you to write better, tweet with correct grammar and spend less time editing. It can handle everything from common typos to misused punctuation, double negatives, redundancies and other grammatical errors.
Once you install this add-on, just click on the check icon displayed on text areas of web forms to check your grammar and spelling or right-click and select ‘Check Spelling and Grammar’ from the context menu of a text area.
You can set After the Deadline to run the proofreader automatically before submitting a form. Apart from the default grammar rules applied, some extra options like bias language, cliche, complex phrases, double negative etc., can be used to find patterns of poor writing style. You may add phrase(s) to the ignore list by typing it into the text field and clicking ‘Add’. Following is a screencast demonstrating some of the useful features of After the Deadline.
Natural Languages are complex. Depending upon the context, a single word can have multiple meanings. Although spell checkers can easily spot misspelled words, most of them can’t distinguish ‘knew’ from ‘new’.
After the Deadline is a Spell Checker with a difference. It is designed to improve your writing by utilising artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology. Some of the features which sets it apart from other spell checkers are:
Detection of Misused Words: AtD claims that their database includes more than 1,500 commonly misused words and they can automatically detect and correct common contextual errors.
Checks Grammar: AtD also includes a sophisticated grammar checker for spotting common grammatical mistakes like determiner agreement errors and agreement of the verb with the subject errors.
So does it work? We tested After the Deadline for a couple of days. We found the Context Checker to be a bit of a hit and miss. It was able to distinguish ‘knew’ from ‘new’ but failed to spot incorrect usage of ‘now’ (instead of ‘know’) and ‘hour’ (instead of ‘our’). The grammar checker worked better and was quickly able to spot incorrect usage of ‘its’ (instead of it’s) as well agreement of verb with the subject errors. Not only does AtD identify potential errors in your writing, it also offers detailed explanation so that you can learn from your mistakes.
After the Deadline is available as a plugin for WordPress (Visual Editor only), RoundCube, TinyMCE and PHPList. The plugin is free for personal use. If you want to get can idea about their service before installing the plugin you may do so at polishmywriting.com.
We had told you about Google Chrome 3 which added couple of new features including auto spell check corrections for common typos users make, this feature can be immensely useful for people who write a lot.
People usually spend around 2-10% of the time to correct spelling mistakes and typos on an average, the time thus spent could in the end account for a huge amount of time waste.