Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker
Full user review
"Tedious installation; intrusive; not useful"
None that I could see
Tedious installation; intrusive; not useful
I was testing this out for someone on a forum I'm on who is just starting out with writing for the 'net and has trouble with grammar, spelling, etc. I found a lot of online spell checkers but they weren't enough; the reviews here looked promising.
This was another 2-step download, which in itself is a pain; add to that the stuff I had to turn off manually (TIP: DO A CUSTOM INSTALLATION or you will have unwanted toolbars and other nonsense to deal with later) *and* the Firefox add-on I found out I had to install too and this was not an easy process.
I didn't really need Ginger to work in its "contextual" mode; I use a text editor almost exclusively and when I do open a word processor it's Works' version, which Ginger isn't compatible with. All I wanted was something I could paste some text into that it would check - not just for spelling but also grammar, punctuation, etc., because I thought that was what the other person would be doing. I did manage to access the online version but all it did was open a tiny window that wasn't resizable, and when I pasted in the text it checked only spelling. There are plenty of other sites that will do that - without the hassle of installation. And it says right at the top of this page that this is a "Grammar and Spell Checker."
Thinking maybe it just had a steeper learning curve that I needed to get through, I was going to play around with it some more. But the next time I encountered it was when I was working with a spreadsheet; I hit F2 to change some data and instead got a popup box saying Ginger wasn't compatible. That wasn't the first time I'd seen that message - when I'd opened the Works word processor right after I'd installed Ginger just as a test to see if it would work there I got that message. But in the spreadsheet it wouldn't let me get out of it to make the change I wanted. That was enough for me; I've uninstalled it. And now I have to uninstall the Firefox add-on too.