The first thing to take into account when looking at grammar checking software is usability – something which is widely debated in regards to RightWriter. Some people love it and think it’s the best editing program available. Others believe it doesn't work at all and is not worth the money.
The price is a definite pro, no matter which side of the debate you're on. At the bargain price of $23.53, this Grammar Checker software fits squarely into the budget plans of anyone who needs it. Of course, if paid software is not your thing, then I would suggest you try a simpler proof-reader. For example, according to more than one Grammarly review, that particular program is pretty easy to use – not to mention free.
Let’s start with the positive side of things (since we always like to start on the right foot!)
RightWriter excels at analysing your work and getting it up to a more professional standard. It also informs you of any weaknesses you may have in your writing style and gives you relevant and accurate editing suggestions.
The package includes:
- Punctuation checker
- Grammar checker and grammar guide
- Style Analysis
- Syntax checker
- Strength and Complexity Indexes
- Advanced spelling checker
- Writing strength checker
For an extra fee you can send your paper to a professional proof-reader.
It is easy to install and run
Many editing systems require you to watch visual tutorials, or read a manual prior to using them. Not so with RightWriter. It's straightforward and the ease of use is one of its strong points. There is a manual included for those who feel it necessary to read and understand the system entirely.
There is no need for a constant internet connection with this software, unlike many of its competitors.
Unlike systems like Ginger Grammar Check, errors found in your writing are not automatically corrected. The system advises you of how to change them, but leaves the actual making of these changes to you.
As many positive attributes as there are to this system, there are also many negatives:
For starters, it lacks a built-in thesaurus. This means that it can’t give you alternative word suggestions to use in place of frequently used words in your text. It is also missing a translator tool, and writing templates.
The interface is not compatible with Microsoft Word; instead, RightWriter opens in a new window. You will need to manually copy and paste your document into the window, and only then can you check it for mistakes. Once you have corrected your page, you must copy and paste all fixes back to the original word document. Additionally, any mistakes it may find have to be manually altered and corrected. I would suggest using the Microsoft Word spelling and grammar checker prior to using RightWriter, as you will have less work to do in the long-run if you have fewer mistakes to correct.
Yes, the program provides you with a detailed analysis of your mistakes, but the analysis can be difficult to understand and time-consuming to read through.
One last negative attribute of the software: you can't pick the genre you're writing in to let the system know what you have in mind so it can edit effectively. You cannot let it know if you are writing a novel, a business proposition, or a simple email. This is a major flaw in my mind.
The pros and cons of RightWriter seem to be heavy on both sides. But ultimately, only you can decide whether you really want, or need, this software. It does only cost $23.53, a nominal fee, to improve that grade from a B to an A. If you are looking for a simple proof-reading tool, then I would suggest trying out a free version of Grammarly first and seeing if that works on improving your grammar, and then if you need something further, moving on to a paid version, be it RightWriter or something else. Who knows? Maybe Grammarly is all you'll need!