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I´d like your comments concerning WhiteSmoke
Thread poster: Ma.Elena Carrión de Medina

Ma.Elena Carrión de Medina  Identity Verified
Ecuador
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Mar 19, 2009

Dear colleagues,

I´m thinking about purchasing WhiteSmoke, the English grammar assistance software.

I was wondering if you can share your experience with me, in case you have that software, concerning its usefulness.. I mean, is it really that good? Is it worth investing in it? Did it really help you to improve your English writing skills?

Any other comments or suggestions will be appreciated.


Thanks,

Elena


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Óscar Delgado Gosálvez  Identity Verified
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Not too good Mar 19, 2009

Hi Elena, greetings from next door Quito.

I purchased Whitesmoke lured by its promises and relatively affordable price. After two weeks of use, it went down the drain of useless (to me) applications.

First of all, it doesn't offer much more than Microsoft Grammar and Spell checker. Second, it is definitely bothersome when you proceed to work in another language, such as Spanish or German, and Whitesmoke furiously insists, (until black smoke starts to puff out of my ears) to offer English suggestions.

Of course, it can be switched off.

I wasn't impressed with the quality of the suggestions. It might be practical for persons with a very poor command of English, or to English speakers with very poor writing skills. I mean, really poor, like people who write phonetically.

If you need an alternative to Microsoft, Babylon has some spellchecker abilities. Otherwise, for the time being, I would stick to olde Microsoft.

There are parallel forums about this topic on:
http://www.proz.com/forum/office_applications/125194-whitesmoke_version_2009_did_anybody_try_it_recently.html


http://www.proz.com/forum/office_applications/46497-whitesmoke_and_other_english_language_editors.html

Regards, Óscar

[Edited at 2009-03-19 17:12 GMT]


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Ma.Elena Carrión de Medina  Identity Verified
Ecuador
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Thanks! Mar 19, 2009

Thanks Oscar!

Very useful information indeed, specially because I was just about to purchase WS in a special offer! I thought it was a good deal ...so good thing I asked first, eh!

Have a great and blessed day,

Elena


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Please see also the Babylon thread Mar 19, 2009

http://www.proz.com/forum/software_applications/122294-babylon_overused_licenses.html

Uldis

Óscar Delgado Gosálvez wrote:
If you need an alternative to Microsoft, Babylon has some spellchecker abilities.


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Without any additional comments: Mar 19, 2009

it isn't worth your money for sure. Absolutely useless.

Natalia


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Joan Berglund  Identity Verified
United States
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French to English
not too promising Mar 19, 2009

Somehow they got a hold of my email and now send me daily tips. If their tips are anything to go by, the software is appropriate for people with no knowledge of English grammar whatsoever. I have no idea who their target audience is, but it isn't native speakers with a college education - or even those who had a good high school English teacher.

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unhappy whitesmoke software is not what they advertise is to be. Oct 17, 2009

I purchased the WhiteSmoke Executive Version. With the purchase they said I would ge a back-up cd, it never happened. Beside that when you go under the enlish lesson part, the websites they have listed can no longer be found. I have requested a refund of $109.00. I sure hope I get my money. Nedra

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Patricia Novelo  Identity Verified
Mexico
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Whitesmoke strikes again Dec 18, 2010

Hi,
I was fool enough for buying this software, the problem here is that besides being an expensive software which gives you less than expected you have to be extra careful with the card data you provide, because they will continue making charges without your authorization. And then no body takes responsibility or refund you.

Please don't buy this product.


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