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Online Book Editing Application

Published 01/22/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

AutoCrit is literally an automatic critic that helps writers improve their craft. The website is very easy to use and goes beyond standard grammar and spelling mistakes. Writers can quickly paste portions of their work into the AutoCrit editing wizard. After clicking “Analyze My Text,” the user’s work is analyzed automatically. The process usually takes a matter of seconds and tells the writer many things. AutoCrit can identify overused words, clichés and redundancies, slow pacing and appropriate dialog tags. Although nothing can take the place of a human editor, AutoCrit takes automated editing to another level. Until now, most writers relied on tools like spell and grammar check to provide a little feedback on their writing. This helps with basic formatting and spelling but doesn’t do much for the quality of content. AutoCrit can help users quickly improve their manuscript and take their writing to another level.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

AutoCrit was created by writer Nina Davies. Davies discovered she needed a tool like AutoCrit to help her improve her own writing. Just like any other writer, she found her first drafts had many common issues. Davies decided to utilize her background as a computational linguist and come up with an automated tool that would help writers like herself edit rough drafts and improve writing quality. The result was AutoCrit.

What are the differences to other apps?

AutoCrit is wonderful for many reasons. First, it helps users find ways to improve their writing, even before finding a live human being to edit their work. AutoCrit goes beyond standard spell check to look for items that can actually improve the overall quality or writing rather than the boring grammatical elements. Users can also gain insight into which common problems their writing suffers from the most to become better writers.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

The AutoCrit website uses a stylish grey and orange color scheme with hints of lime green. Users can easily navigate using the four tabs positioned at the top of the homepage. An informational slideshow users cartoon images to explain the simple way AutoCrit works. The system is very easy to understand and takes a matter of seconds to use. If the user can copy and paste text then they can use AutoCrit.

How does the registration process work?

New users can click the “Login” tab at the top, right hand corner of the website to begin account creation. The left hand column includes a blue “click here to create a new account” link. This takes the user to the registration form. The form asks for an email address, password, first and last name, optional company name, phone number, mailing address, city state and zip code. A drop down box asks the user how they heard about AutoCrit.

What does it cost to use the application?

AutoCrit provides users with four membership options to choose from. The first is a free membership which includes up to 400 words per submission and up to three reports per day. Free users are given access to up to three reports total. The Gold membership upgrades to include 1,000 words per submission, unlimited submissions and access to all reports for less than $50 per year. A Platinum membership includes up to 8,000 words per submission and access to the quick backup “Email my Text” feature for less than $80 per year. The most expensive membership is the Professional which upgrades to include up to 100,000 words per submission and report emailing for offline use for less than $120 per year.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Any writer, from casual bloggers to serious novelists, can appreciate AutoCrit. The four membership options allow users to select a plan that suits their personal needs. AutoCrit can help expedite the editing process and provide insight into where some of the writer’s most common mistakes are made.

  • Select from four yearly membership plans
  • Copy and paste text into the editing wizard
  • Discover pacing problems, overused words and more
  • View reports with editing results
  • Try AutoCrit for free (with limitations)

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