Language Tool Review, Pricing and Features
Even the best writers need a little help sometimes. We might miss a punctuation mark here and there, or mistype something to look like we don’t know how to spell. We’re all human and make a few errors here and there, especially us writers. That is why I use Language Tool software to help me minimize errors in my writing and avoid embarrassing typos quite often.
What is Language Tool?
Language Tool is a spelling and grammar checking software developed by a group of people passionate about software development and language. It’s an Open Source application that checks your spelling and grammar as well as writing style for numerous languages.
Not only does Language Tool assist with English writing but also works for Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian to name just a few. You can also set your language by country, whether it’s US, UK, Canadian, South African or New Zealand English that you’re after.
Although it is relatively cheap (compared to similar tools) and the name lacks creativity, it is a rather powerful writing tool that many writers put to use on a daily basis. Language Tool also tends to pick up on errors that other tools often miss during the review stage.
How Can We Use it?
The Language Tool software can be used in a variety of ways. The most common is as a browser extension on Chrome, Firefox, Google Docs, Open Office and LibreOffice, where the software checks your writing as you go. Alternatively, you can use it as an add-on for Microsoft Word, and when you make an error, it gets underline, and a popup explains the error and offers a solution.
A convenient option is to simply make use of the web-based platform which does not require you to download or install anything. Lastly, you could also install and run the application directly on your PC, and it runs perfectly on Mac, Microsoft, and Linux.
There is also a useful feature called the personal dictionary where you are able to add specific words that you use often but might not find in most dictionaries. This is very helpful when you write using a lot of specific niche words.
The premium plan offers a range of extra features that will help to eliminate unnecessary words for better clarity in your writing. One of the best features on the premium plan is that it can detect gender which is perfect for proofreading quickly typed up emails and especially for other languages which make use of a different gender structure in their writing.
Overview of features:
- Supports multiple languages
- Easy to use interface
- Checks spelling, grammar and style of writing
- Offers the option of a personal dictionary
- Offers auto-correct function as well as suggested corrections
- Operates on rule-based principles, create and disable preferred rules
- Easy-to-use keyboard shortcuts
- Available as a browser extension
- Available as a stand-alone desktop app
- Compatible with Mac, Microsoft and Linux
How does it compare to Microsoft Word?
When compared with Microsoft Word, I have to say that the only factor where Word beats Language Tool is the price. The Microsoft Office Suite is generally a one-off cost for all the applications in the suite, while Language Tool is an ongoing cost every year, quarter or month, depending on your chosen price plan.
Language Tool is much more accurate in detecting spelling and grammar errors. What Word does not have that Language Tool does, is stylistic suggestions based in your writing style. While Word also accommodates a variety of languages, it is once again not as accurate in all aspects.
What is the price?
Over and above the free plan, Language Tool offers three different price plans, monthly, quarterly and annually. A monthly subscription will cost you $19 per month. The quarterly plan goes for $39 every third month, and the annual subscription will cost you only $59 per year. They also offer an enterprise option for companies, which is custom-quoted.
Help and support
There is an incredibly helpful forum for customer service support. It is the only source of support that they offer, but it is stocked with generally very useful information and solutions to common issues. You can find the answer to your problem by simple searching keywords. There is, however, specific language support for Dutch, English, Polish and Swedish.
To sum up
Samantha Barry,‘s conclusion
Language Tool is a top writing software available that is great value for money and extremely accurate. I’ll recommend it to any writer, especially those who write in multiple languages. It is so versatile, working with many different devices and operating systems. Additionally, it is incredibly accurate with detecting errors in spelling, grammar, and style.
The only downside to this tool is that it does not offer plagiarism checking as do most other proofreading and writing tools on the market. That being the only negative aspect of the tool, it is one of the tops tools out there and a strong player in the game. It’s potential for serving a large audience makes it a top choice in my books.