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Author Topic: really good spell check tool wanted  (Read 12174 times)
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« on: October 28, 2006, 03:21:06 AM »

hello

I would like a program to check the text I type in every application (text editor, web browser, etc) and to be able to include/exclude applications

I want to check the spelling and either correct it on-the-fly, or the program to suggest me about possible corrections (with a nice dropdown menu or something)

I want to be able to use my own custom dictionary

I want it to work with a non-english and English language at the same time (2 or more dictionaries loaded) but ofcourse, not to do the double time or use the double system resources to check some text
it should recognize the language I type each time (I change keyboard languages with ctrl+alt) and use the relevant only dictionary to perform spell check (so it wont load two dictionaries each time)

I want it to autocorrect/autoreplace specific text (replace it on-the-fly) with some other text I specify, and I must be able to specify this text using wildcard/regex (althouth many programs have autocorrect features, no one supports wildcards/regex and thus they are very limited)

I want to type something and the program to autocomplete the words I begin to type like OpenOffice does (openoffice's is nice, if there is anything better it would be ok)
autocomplete should monitor the most frequently used words in the specific document and suggest them first or globally (in all documents) monitor most frequently used words

I hope I will find a solution here!

thanks
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2006, 03:39:49 AM »

i don't know if there is a program to do all of what you ask, but you might check out "as-u-type": http://www.asutype.com/
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2006, 05:08:07 AM »

I use this:

http://www.alcodasoftware.com/word-spring.htm

It will certainly do nearly all you want; although i'm not completely sure it auto-detects language change ... but it's very easy to specify languages.
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2006, 12:05:11 PM »

I'm not sure if it meets all of your needs. But I have used tinySpell+ for over a year and it does everything I need it to do. YMMV. There is a free version as well, tinySpell.
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2006, 12:17:03 PM »

Quickspell is good and it nowhere near as annoying as As-U-Type.

http://www.fornada.com/html/quickspell.html
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2006, 01:23:35 PM »

Holy sheepshit, Batman! tinyspell+ is only $5! Compare this with the competition: the going rate seems to be $40-50 for all except QuickSpell, which is $24.95. I'm peripherally interested in this functionality (though I already enjoy it with ActiveWords - I'm considering not running AW any longer) and wonder if any of the posters here that are using these various apps can comment on their respective "footprints"?

Thanks,

Mike

PS am downloading tinyspell as I write this...
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2006, 02:03:57 PM »

Hmmm... tinyspell has a nice feature set and minimally impacts the system but doesn't really do what I'd like it to - I'm after functionality more in line with what I imagine As-U-Type offers: on the fly correction of spelling mistakes with the option of having the programme offer me some choice in what corrections are made - i.e. not simply replacing my typo with what it perceives to be the nearest match but offering me some alternatives a la Word's spellchecker... I'll keep looking!
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2006, 07:07:41 PM »

Darwin,

You can do all of the things you mention. At least you can in the + version. If you open settings and turn on "check spelling on the fly" and then use the "Replacement-list" hotkey I think you will get the behavior you want.
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2006, 12:53:23 AM »

Thanks tinjaw - I'll keep playing with it!
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2006, 01:52:09 AM »

It's hard to beat $5  Thmbsup !!

I'm just playing with the free version, and at this point it's pretty good! It's going to challenge ieSpell (which is great in WebPages)! The only benefit of ieSpell that I can see (at this stage) is that it does your text area all in one go.

- Perry
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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2006, 03:34:45 PM »

I use Spell Catcher Plus.  I have not found an application in which is doesn’t work.  Their update for MS Vista and IE7 came out a few days ago, so it is still a very active software. You can get it and the Mac version as well at http://www.rainmakerinc.com/
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« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2007, 09:27:26 AM »

Thanks for pointing me toward Spell Catcher Plus, sgtret. I'm trying it out now and it's great!
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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2007, 08:33:59 AM »

sirs, I like so much google's spell checker

look what it can do:

it offers to correct:
"goo dmorning" to "good morning"
"monring" to "morning"
"mor ning" to "morning"

isnt it "clever"? which spell checker can do these?
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2007, 11:36:57 AM »

Well... "monring" to "morning" isn't particularly noteworthy, but your other two examples are! Spell Catcher Plus failed both the other tests. I *suspect* that I can set it up to do this, maybe with the custom dictionary or with some of its other tools, but it certainly doesn't do it out of the box.
Right, I'm off to look into Google's spellchecker - you've piqued my interest!
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2007, 05:07:52 PM »

Has anyone had any success finding an alternative dictionary for tinyspell+ ?  The help files and forum are less than helpful  huh  I would like to try it but its no good to me if i cant get it to check at least in British English 
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« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2007, 09:08:14 PM »

Do the Addictive ones work? Might be worth a try...
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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2007, 09:39:04 PM »

I have tried Quickspell and find it to be best of the lot.
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« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2007, 09:01:07 AM »

a feature of a 'clever' spell checker would be to sort possible words that should replace the mispelled ones, according to their usage in the text smiley
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« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2007, 05:57:52 PM »

google corrects also:

"mor - / ning" to "morning"
"orning" to "morning"

brilliant!!
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« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2007, 01:46:55 AM »

Darwin did you find where to download google spell checker?  cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: September 29, 2007, 07:56:05 AM »

Darwin did you find where to download google spell checker?  cheesy

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« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2007, 09:39:34 AM »

maybe a scriptable spell checker that will attempt to fix the above corrections?
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