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FreeSpell - spelling right in any Windows text area

review from Nipun in Zimbabwe, Dec 2006, permalink _ Misc. Utilities


From Nipun:

I tried out FreeSpell. It's not bad but it's not brilliant either. The way it works is by copying your text onto the clipboard and then reading it back to you in a one of those command line windows circa the DOS era, giving you a choice of words it thinks you should change.


Obviously I was thrown off completely by the DOS. I guess I'm a sucker for the ultra-cool interfaces but come on, Command Line? It also doesn't minimize to the system tray which means that it constantly takes up valuable space on my task-bar.


On the plus side it works well, the dictionary is pretty good and it seems to be pretty efficient. It also seems to be virus and malware free.


Overall it's not a bad program but honestly I think I would rather fire up TinySpell or copy my work onto Microsoft word. Maybe when it gets a version upgrade it will be better. But if you need a quick, barebones spell-checker then this will do.


In the end it seems to me to be a lot like CrippleWare. ProSpell, the other product made by the same company is suped up version of FreeSpell with a much prettier interface. Given that a demo comes shipped with FreeSpell they're practically jumping down your throats to promote ProSpell.


Quote from the website

FreeSpell is a spell checker for any and all Windows applications. You can use it in Eudora, in Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Visual C++, and even in Windows Explorer when renaming files (though it can be a little tricky to do that). Anything that supports the clipboard supports FreeSpell, and all it takes is a hotkey to invoke it. Just as important, FreeSpell is based upon the Aspell engine, which means it offers the best spell checker around for people with weak spelling skills (as well for people who just need a quick proofreader). Aspell is full featured as well, with a large default dictionary, and custom dictionary support.