Editing with Linguix
This "writing assistant" offers you an equivalent of MsWord's checking, including emails and webpages, and pretty good proofing, but its unique selling proposition is a host of templates and online advice plus testing facilities.
In July 2020 I received an offer of a cut price PRO version of the Linguix "writing assistant". This facility, which has a free Google extension, says its paid-for version gives you access to "700+ advanced grammar and style checks", a templates library and other features.
The offer included a hookup with Grammarly. What it offers more than Grammarly is the ability to create "snippets" of text to paste through shortcuts into your emails and texts. Its templates cover lots of business needs but also essays and emails.
For new writers in particular
So it may be particularly interesting to students and those who don't want to spend their days writing. Using U.S. statistics, Linguix calculates that the time you save by using its templates and snippets is $18 an hour and $18K a year.
It also integrates with Medium and LinkedIn as well as Google programs, and has free extensions for Edge and Firefox browsers.
There's even a educational program and it makes a point of being able to help non-English student write better in Boris Johnson's or Donald Trump's language: "Linguix AI-based writing assistant helps anyone learning English to polish their grammar, memorize new words, and develop a good writing style."
As for its performance, you have to cut and paste your text into the program window. What it offers is something like MsWord's spelling checker but with extra stylistic embellishments.
Linguix browser extension
Comparison with Grammarly
One website offered a comparison of Linguix with Grammarly (here). Both have free versions. Linguix is $5 a month if you pay for the year ($18.95 a month otherwise). Grammarly is $11.66 a month if you pay yearly ($29.95 a month otherwise).
Grammarly's score is 9.7 as against 7.5 for Linguix, though they do slightly different things.
The APPSUMO web site is offering a life-time deal on the Linguix premium version for $49 instead of $288 until 25 September or within 60 days of purchase. So you may want to check it out.
You can read reviews from users here. It has over 10,000 users and people seem to like it. They also reply quickly to queries both from customers and users at the Google store, and seem responsive.
There's a blog, an exam and tips about popular mistakes on the Linguix site.
It also offers, for free, several templates for emails, resumes, essays and more (previously, a Premium-only feature).
So I ran my specimen texts through Linguix.
I didn't like having to go over to the Internet to check my texts.
Open University text
First, the Open University plain English text with its 78 sentences spattered with errors.
The Documents Statistics section reported the readability score as 60: "fairly easy to read". The reading time was put at 3 minutes 4 seconds. Average word length was 4.8 characters. Average sentence length clocked at 8.1.
Linguix reported it had spotted 5 typos, 1 confused word, 2 grammatical mistakes and 1 typography error. It picked up an
it's for an
its. So that was fine. It also recognized that
practiced (American) should be
practised (British), my default language choice.
Other results were not so good:
- Because of its U.S. predilictions, it highlighted
tyresas a misspelling for
- It found nothing wrong with: "I have now discussed the proposal for restocking all 500 freezers with my colleagues."
- It didn't mind: "Today pneumatic tyres are fitted to practically all vehicles, originally they were developed for use on bicycles."
In other words, it was really just a spell-checker.