Resources

Tools: 10 free spelling and writing tools

Tools

writing dyslexia Spelling Tools

10 free spelling and writing tools

There are a staggering number of free software tools out there. Here are my favourites which I recommend to my clients.

1. Ghotit (Windows, free online service)

This is a very helpful plugin for Microsoft Word which is written for people with dyslexia. It uses a contextual spell checker, which means that it will catch more mistakes than traditional spell checkers. Even if you don't use Microsoft Word you might also find this free online service of value.

http://www.ghotit.com/

2. Freemind (Windows, Linux, Mac)

Freemind is open-source mind mapping software. It is very useful to collect and structure ideas. I also recommend Inspiration. You have to pay for this, but you can try their 30-day trial for free. It is designed for younger users, but it is also used by adults because it is an excellent programme. One useful feature is that once the mind map is completed, you can generate a Word document which will give you a skeleton outline.

http://freemind.sourceforge.net http://www.inspiration.com/

3. Firefox (Windows, Linux, Mac)

Firefox has a good spell checker built in. This can help highlight individually misspelt words.

http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

4. Open Office (Windows, Mac, Linux)

This is a free alternative to Microsoft Office but has most of the same features as Microsoft Office.

http://www.openoffice.org/

5. Google Documents (Free online service)

Google Documents provides an online alternative to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You can create documents from scratch or upload them, then edit them through your web browser. (The online spreadsheet is very impressive). You can then download them as doc, xls or ppt files, or convert them to pdf for printing. It also allows you to share the documents with others online, which is very useful. Most importantly, your documents are online, which acts as a backup and also means that you can access them from any computer with a web browser.

http://docs.google.com/

6. Gimp (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Gimp is a free open-source image editing programme. It is useful for editing pictures that you want to include in documents. It has a slight learning curve, but it is well worth it. My pen logo was done with Gimp.

http://www.gimp.org/

7. Inscape (Windows, Mac, Linux)

This is a free advanced drawing programme and an alternative to Coral Draw. Although it's still in its early stages, the software is remarkable.

http://www.inkscape.org/

8. scan2pdf (Linux, Windows)

This is a very simple and useful tool for scanning documents and saving them as a pdf file. It is as simple as using a photocopier and when you're finished, you save the pages as a pdf file. There is both a Linux and a Windows version.

http://gscan2pdf.sourceforge.net/(Linux)

9. reference.com

There are many free online dictionary/thesauruses out there, but reference.com works well for me. Looking a word up online is much faster than using a book if you are working at a computer. One feature I particularly like is the tabs that allow you to switch between the dictionary and thesaurus.

http://www.reference.com/

10. wordreference.com

Wordreference.com is a great tool for looking up foreign words. It has a wide range of languages to choose from and the forums are very invaluable. For German-English translation, the online Leo dictionary is excellent.

http://www.wordreference.com/ http://dict.leo.org/

在讀碩士學位的這一年,Samantha真的幫了很大的忙!身為一個外國學生,就算再努力加強語言能力,還是有所不足,寫報告以及論文的時候,常常會有言不及意的狀況。因為對自己寫作能力不是那麼有信心,在網路上搜尋發現了Samantha的資訊,從那之後,每篇報告都會請她幫我修改以求盡善盡美,有了她的服務,我能將我的想法更精確的表達,同時也增進了我的英文能力。Samantha的服務品質非常好,她總是不厭其煩的幫我一改再改,同時她的工作效率也非常快速,我真的很慶幸自己可以找到這麼一位得力助手,之後也會繼續請她幫忙。

Samantha is an excellent proofreader who is full of patience and work carefully. She has been very helpful for me in this year of doing Master course. I am very satisfied with the quality and the speed of her work!

(via Google)

English isn't my first language. I was having difficulties with my assignment and my dissertation as well. Samantha helped me a lot thanx to her my assignments was looking much better after she corrected my English mistakes. She replied to me very fast and her service was really really good, and the price for the proofreading is really reasonable. Because there are some people ask for the double or the triple. I am fully satisfied with her work and I am going to use her services for my future written works. Thank You, Mohamed

(via Google)

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Skype