I use two programs for checking my writing after I’ve carried out visual proofreading. They are PerfectIt and SmartEdit. They do similar jobs, but are different in application. For example, PerfectIt is better for technical material, while SmartEdit is geared towards fiction.
PerfectIt is a Microsoft Word add-in. It works well with documents that require consistent abbreviations, acronyms, hyphenations, capitalisation, spellings, compound words, and so on.
The Standard version appears no longer to be offered. The Professional version is US$99. The licensed user can install the software on three computers as long as the licensee is the primary user of each system.
SmartEdit is a standalone editor that checks for adverb usage, clichés, repeated words and phrases, dialogue tags, and a host of other things that fiction writers should be aware of. It will check Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, RTF, and text documents.
It costs US$67 for the standalone version and can be used for up to three PCs for the licensed user. The integrated Word version is $77. The two can be bought in combination for US$109.