For me, spellchecker is great because occasionally I make a spelling error and those little red squiggly lines remind me I need to think about what I just spelled out. With autocorrect turned on, the challenge then becomes paying close attention to what spellchecker does while you’re not paying attention.
For example, there’s no context spelling. Here for hear is just fine with OS X’s spellchecker. And, don’t get me started about grammar. You’re on your own unless you use 1Checker, a free Mac utility app that, well, checks your grammar much as OS X’s built-in spellchecker checks spelling. Even though it’s free you’ll need a 1Checker account (Facebook login will do) to do the checking. Otherwise, write what you write, let 1Checker check the grammar.
1Checker will display your text with corrections– not at all unlike a college or high school English teacher. Red is the color that gets your attention, and the more red 1Checker inserts into your text, the more work you need on spelling and grammar.
The app itself is power by an amalgam of Natural Language Processing technology and Artificial Intelligence. It checks spelling, grammar, style, vocabulary, and even dictionary translation.
When it’s finished scanning your text 1Checker can also display a dashboard of results– spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes and other, including a look at your overall vocabulary and sentence structure.
The commonalities between OS X’s built-in spellchecker and 1Checker are obvious. Both are good tools to highlight what might be an error, but both are slightly flawed. Context is the perfect example, and some of what 1Checker deems to be good grammar isn’t necessarily good communication, which is the whole reason for writing.
Still, it’s free, it’s useful, it works.