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Author Topic: White Smoke 70% off  (Read 19041 times)
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« on: December 26, 2007, 06:36:14 PM »

White Smoke is quite often if not always discounted, but this is the lowest offer I have yet recieved: $100 for these special parts of the large program ~ against their "normal" price $333. The math looks like this according to their advert (does this link refer to my email address?):

General Writing version, normal $ 80
Buisness Writing version, normal $100
Creative writing version, normal $100
Multi-Language Translator, normal $40
Back-up license, normal price $13
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Total price normal:                    $333
- rebate                                  $233
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Offer until December 31:            $100


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However, I am not too sure what is the exact meaning of the headline in the email: "2007 clearance". Does it mean that it is some old "2007" version they are trying to sell to me, so I have to pay big money to upgrade to version 2008? Or is it merely that they want to clean 'something' out before 2008? I am not sure yet, so I am writing to ask them, but I wouldn't hold back the offer meanwhile in case you would like to know about it. I hope to recieve their answer this year... and will of course report back. See next post >


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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2007, 10:31:40 AM »

Quote from: White Smoke Support Team
Thank you for your inquiry. The "2007 Clearance" is an offer made for our new WhiteSmoke 2008.
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2007, 11:25:13 AM »

Wow! That's generous. Now... what does it do then?! OK, OK, off to Google it now  tongue
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2007, 06:37:28 AM »

Well, White Smoke is "English Grammar & Writing Software" for people like me who are not too sure how to say it ("write it") in English:

>> Grammar check (over 65,000 corrections) + Text enrichment (relevant adjectives and adverbs) + Spell check (over 420,000 entries) + Proofreading tool in one click! + Thesaurus (synonyms to expand your vocabulary) + Writing templates (over 600 available) + Advanced Dictionary & Translator + Artificial Intelligence Technology. <<

... what does it do then?! OK, OK, off to Google ..

Funny you should mention Google (se *3 in the quotation box)!

Quote from: How To Use White Smoke. Part 1
Here are three ways to use 'WhiteSmoke':

1. When using WhiteSmoke with 'MS Word' or 'Outlook' simply type your sentence and click on the 'Enrichment' button and the WhiteSmoke program will appear - ready for use.

2. With any other software you have the benefit of a short-cut key to WhiteSmoke (The default is F2 ). To change this key, right click on the Pencil icon that appears on your system-tray (next to the clock) and then on the button called 'Settings'.

In order to type straight onto the program 'WhiteSmoke':
  a) Right click on the Pencil icon that appears on your taskbar (next to the clock).
  b) Click on 'How to use (F2)'.
  c) Select the tab 'Online Editor'.

3. Now you can use WhiteSmoke with Google! (You need to have Google account). In your Personalized homepage click on 'Add content', type 'Whitesmoke'  and press 'Search homepage content', Click on 'add it now', click 'ok', and then click on 'back to homepage', that's it! (You don't need to install WhiteSmoke in order to use The Google version of WhiteSmoke).

Sincerely,
WhiteSmoke Team

www.whitesmoke.com/
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2007, 06:44:01 AM »

I only need to say that the $100 price is with VAT included - or more precisely: the word "VAT" is never mentioned, so the price is $100 whether you should pay VAT or not.
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2008, 01:05:32 AM »

Quote from: How To Use White Smoke. Part 1
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3. Now you can use WhiteSmoke with Google! (You need to have Google account). In your Personalized homepage click on 'Add content', type 'Whitesmoke'  and press 'Search homepage content', Click on 'add it now', click 'ok', and then click on 'back to homepage', that's it! (You don't need to install WhiteSmoke in order to use The Google version of WhiteSmoke).


has anyone tried option #3? i've looked all over the google site but not sure which one leads to online WhiteSmoke editor..
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2008, 02:13:49 AM »

Both Yes and No

I've found the way to do it, but so far not the right whitesmoke to add (there are several):



- or maybe I did it the wrong way, and that is why it yet doesn't work for me?

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2008, 02:31:25 AM »

WhiteSmoke what a name..  cheesy (for teaching, english related stufff.. smoke! run! cancer! 2nd hand!)
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2008, 06:40:03 PM »

Both Yes and No

I've found the way to do it, but so far not the right whitesmoke to add (there are several):
 (see attachment in previous post)
- or maybe I did it the wrong way, and that is why it yet doesn't work for me?

thanks for the help, Curt but still it doesn't appear for me.. maybe i'll lurk a bit in the google's group & find out.. smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2008, 07:59:38 PM »

ok, found it! it's part of iGoogle but it seems to have garnered only negative comments..

http://www.google.com/ig/...clients/google_client.xml
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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2008, 09:08:28 AM »

Yes, bad comments only; this is clearly not the full program but merely the "enrichment" part.
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2008, 09:21:29 AM »

they are creating bad publicity for themselves by throwing in a sub-standard just to be noticed. i wonder if the full version is vastly superior to this.. undecided
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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2008, 10:09:46 AM »

i wonder if the full version is vastly superior to this..

Oh yes it is (I have it, which is why I didn't check the iGoogle version before telling about it). But it is also at a quite different price...
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2008, 08:02:47 PM »

the price is quite a stumbling block but i'll be keeping an eye on this program.. smiley
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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2008, 02:05:36 AM »

You just keep an eye - in a distance... White Smoke is a little too intrusive, meaning that I seldom agree with the suggestions it comes up with - and this to such a degree that I have removed it from start!



BTW: most of the commenters on GAOTD did not understand the purpose of White Smoke - it is not a spell-checker, regardsless of what the ads might be saying.
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« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2008, 04:34:38 AM »

They are in the field again, this time with an even better offer, in co-operation with PC Tools:


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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2009, 06:06:13 AM »

I have loved using Whitesmoke as a writing tool - not only as a spellchecker, but as an extra set of "eyes" that reads over my writing and makes sure I don't make any major grammatical errors.  It's funny, my son asked me about the program because one of his teachers suggested it at school, and I've found it to be helpful in my personal writing that I do from home.  Two satisfied customers here!  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2009, 06:54:58 AM »

Whitesmoke.com is running a Super Bowl Sunday Special. They are claiming it is a 75% off sale, but it really is is a buy it at full price and get a bunch of free stuff sale.


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« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2009, 08:36:53 AM »

Whitesmoke.com is running a Super Bowl Sunday Special. They are claiming it is a 75% off sale, but it really is is a buy it at full price and get a bunch of free stuff sale.
They've been running this sale for at least the past five days (and perhaps for a lot longer--I just happened to have gone to their site on several of the last five days).  Each day, their website has a banner ad announcing the sale and claiming it's for that day only  cheesy .
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« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2009, 08:42:44 AM »

White Smoke is a little too intrusive, meaning that I seldom agree with the suggestions it comes up with - and this to such a degree that I have removed it from start!
I agree.  I had occasion to try this software not long ago, and though it identified some errors correctly, it sugggested changes for perfectly correct statements that made them incorrect, sometimes ludicrously so.  I found it too unreliable to use or recommend.  thumb down
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« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2009, 01:38:23 PM »

I own a license for WhiteSmoke 2008 upgraded to 2009. However, I would never place it in start - in general it really is too intrusive, as noted, and as also pointed out, sometimes even when it shouldn't intrude at all.

"Today's" offer is not expensive, but costly:

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« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2009, 01:54:13 PM »

It should be stated that a license is per machine, and you will have to ask WhiteSmoke to transfer any license.

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« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2009, 09:49:13 AM »

 :Thmbsup:Whitesmoke has taken care of tons of annoying little grammar probs I kept having. SOmetimes it tells you to do things that make correct sentences sound awkward, but its usually so obvious when the system makes a mistake like that that u can easily ignore it.  THe times that it does help, it REALLY helps, so for me its worth the other times.
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« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2009, 02:40:54 PM »

As some people here mentioned, it looks like they are just blowing white smoke up your @$$. They continue to have the 75% off sale every day. The banner changes as to why there is a 75% off sale, but every day there is a 75% off sale. I think they need to eat their own dog food and put their own website through their software and I am sure that it will suggest that a sale that goes on day after day really isn't a sale.

So, the lesson here is that they regularly sell their stuff at 75% off, so don't let that be a contributing factor to your purchase decision.
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« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2009, 03:30:32 PM »

AI think they need to eat their own dog food and put their own website through their software and I am sure that it will suggest that a sale that goes on day after day really isn't a sale.

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