Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker

Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 29 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.7.160
  • Total Downloads:
    74,380
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 10, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    796.39KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    415
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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The spell checker is one of the great software inventions, saving face (and other bits of anatomy) for countless writers. Conceived as part of another software milestone, the word processor, spelling, and grammar checkers are found anywhere people have access to keyboards and entry fields, but especially in e-mail clients, chat apps, and similar software. Ginger is a free spelling and grammar checker based on concepts like full-sentence context and text-to-pronunciation. This free Web-based tool can help writers improve their skills and produce clear, error-free text, but it's particularly effective for learning English as a second language and helping individuals with dyslexia and similar learning issues improve their writing and communication skills. Ginger is fully compatible with Microsoft Office tools such as Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint, as well as Firefox and other browsers.

Ginger installs locally on your PC, but it also uses Web-based tools, and it requires an active Internet connection to work. Setting up Ginger is easy. When it's running, Ginger places a small button bar centered at the top of the screen; clicking it opens an expanding spell checker panel, or you can press F2 to have Ginger check any open document. Ginger's interface is split horizontally between the text being checked and the same text with recommended changes (if any) highlighted; clicking Approve accepts the changes, or you can simply click away to close the window. The Settings menu accesses features such as our Personal Dictionary; we could also set Ginger as our default spell checker in Word and other apps and access a Web-based Help file, user community, and other resources.

Ginger is easy to configure and use, but first-time users may want to run the program's tutorials. Ginger is capable of creating lessons and quizzes based on your errors -- unlike other spell checkers, which are happy to let you go on making the same mistakes over and over again. Ginger also incorporates specific, unique technology designed to help people with dyslexia, including tools that focus on unusual and phonetic spelling. Ginger's personalized tutor feature analyzes repeated errors, including whole-context errors, and suggests corrections. A premium version is available.

 
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1 stars

"Tedious installation; intrusive; not useful"

May 05, 2013  |  By kimada17

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 2.7.160

Pros

None that I could see

Cons

Tedious installation; intrusive; not useful

Summary

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.

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1 stars

"Terrible Desktop version"

February 08, 2015  |  By RikNorm

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 2.7.160

Pros

Clear and easy to write in. Simple to copy and paste in to other apps. Will work with Word, Outlook and on web authoring sites.

Cons

HAS NO SAVE FUNCTIONALITY. Considering how dangerously unstable it is this is a serious drawback. If you are using the Desktop version and looking for something to use to author more than a couple of sentences then forget it. Have just lost a decent amount of good content to a forced shutdown. This is not 1986 and we do expect our authoring tools to have an autosave - or at least state that in the documentation.

Is also very intrusive on your PC, runs in memory and gives you a really annoying "G" at the top of your desktop.

Summary

Stay away like the plague. I will be uninstalling this bit of software asap and recommending to everyone to do the same. Nothing worse than seeing your hard work evaporate in seconds due to some criminal coding.

STAY WELL CLEAR

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4 stars

"Not horribly bad, but not perfect - none of them are."

January 22, 2015  |  By c_etude

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 2.7.160

Pros

The interface is great, and it does correct a lot of mistakes. It won't correct all of them, but what checker does.

Cons

Very poor technical support - What turns me off about Ginger is that it's impossible to reach technical support - they DO NOT ANSWER your emails. Further, they AUTOMATICALLY renew your subscription instead of giving you the option. I had to contact them on facebook to get them to answer a simple question and they were evasive about it. They did not answer my question on the open forum but answered private facebook email (but they won't respond to a personal email at all). They told me they canceled the automatic renewal - but I'm still leery about that I probably will end up deactivating that credit card.

Summary

Not a bad interface - not perfect, but it does correct a lot of mistakes. My only issue is poor technical support, automatic renewal WITHOUT telling you and no way to contact them unless you have a facebook account. -- otherwise your emails are completely ignored.

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2 stars

"It does a few things well, but it acts like malware"

September 19, 2014  |  By rosco boxer

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 2.7.160

Pros

When writing in Word, I like it better than Word's spell/grammar checker.

Cons

Its not worth all the trouble you'll go through trying to make it behave. Although there are settings, Ginger ignores those settings. Ginger will decide how and where it will run, not you. Ginger is in charge, not you.
And if you decide to uninstall it, good luck, because you will spend some time trying to do so, as it hides, becoming a rude unwanted house-guest, making sure you cannot get rid of it.

Summary

You may regret installing it.

Updated on Sep 19, 2014

some of the problems I had with it could have been my own fault, I'm not sure.

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1 stars

"Crude attempt of grammar checker. Suspicious behaviour."

May 30, 2014  |  By mo0kid

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 2.7.160

Pros

I really don't have anything positive to say about this software.

There was no real explanation of the product, before the Ginger website had kindly decided it was time to download the app and install it for me. The bizarre circular installation window was immovable and intrusive.

Cons

I didn't really get a chance to use the software properly. I only went on the website to research Ginger, not to actually install it. Unfortunately Ginger had decided to take it to the next level without me really knowing what was going on. Without much of a clue as to how I should use this software I did somehow manage to paste a few paragraphs into an awkwardly sized-fixed window. The results were very unimpressive, only prompting me on a single typo. It had somehow ignored my awful grasp of English grammar.

I briefly saw something about paid subscription, First time it was mentioned

Even if you manage to uninstall this awful software, when you restart your computer it's back! Closer inspection of the Task Manager Start-up tab confirmed my fears; Ginger's install program had been set to go off after every reboot! This to me seems to be extremely bad form, and I'm pretty sure that this would classify Ginger as malware.

Summary

Avoid at all costs!

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1 stars

"Intrusive! It embedded code within my site's code RUN!"

March 24, 2014  |  By SagiLore

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 2.7.160

Pros

I corrected a few spelling errors & grammar. However the suggestions weren't always accurate.



It almost does what it is supposed to. Andn perhaps can be used as a back up IF YOU LIKE ADWARE in your PC.

Cons

Corrects words such as "too and to" unecessarely.

Installs and worse yet-- embeds code that is either malware or adware . Totally unprofessional!

Summary

I have no idea what this Ginger thing is about, but they have added code to the "code within my website". CRAZYNESS!

Here is a sample:
<span class="GINGER_SOFTWARE_mark" id="8f883ec8-b792-433f-a092-c1dbfca*****">mysite's content</span> another word <span class="GINGER_SOFTWARE_mark" id="1d269d7d-b28a-4f3a-a36b-877c7b5f****">
What the heck is this? ID for what? I didn't request any kind of unknown code within my HTML and PHP.
An the list goes on in almost every paragraph. WHAT?
I tried asking these questions on their social media sites but they were either deleted or simply hidden.

I just disabled this add on from Chrome but the embedded code is still within my sites's code. I will restart and check again, if this Cr** is still there. I am reporting them to them to google chorme app's and then the FDC and whoever else I have to. This is adware installed without my conscent is nonsese. Now I have more task of removing this thing. this tremendously.

I am beyond disssapointed and quite pissed, specially because they ignored my questions. What have you got to hide "Ginger"?

I will absolutely NOT RECOMMEND THIS "FREE ADWARE" perhaps malware software.

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4 stars

"It's not perfect, but it is a tool."

February 14, 2014  |  By LandonParks

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 2.7.160

Pros

Catches most general grammar issues, especially those missed by Word 2013's built-in checker.

Cons

Needs an internet connection to check grammar, Speed of checking depends on your connection speed. The program is somewhat clunky - and when used in-browser I get the occasional 'pop up' from them, prompting me to upgrade to premium (I already pay for basic). Those pop-up's are very annoying as the blank out your entire screen until you click the 'x'. Installation is somewhat of a pain, and takes forever.

Summary

I'm not sure what many on here are complaining about in regards to the program. I am reading about adware being installed, viruses installed, tearing up peoples computer, etc. I don't work for this company or anything, I just don't support false reviews that make a product look bad - resulting in people who might actually like it NOT taking advantage of it.

I will say that Installation is very, very, very slow. It installs separate programs for browsers and word, etc. It often hangs on installing the Ms Office add-on for a good 30 minutes.

I have NOT, however, found any viruses from the program; nor any adware.

I am an author, and I tend to write really fast. Most of my grammar mistakes are of the more basic sort. Ginger does a GREAT job of catching MOST of these. Not all of them. No. With 100% accuracy it will fix issues with 'were', 'we're', 'where', 'were', 'They're', etc, etc. The reason I make so many of these basic mistakes is because I write so fast, that often times a might miss the 'h' in 'where', and end up with 'were'. It has always caught these issues. Word 2013, on the other hand, only catches maybe 50% of those.

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5 stars

"Best Communication Software Out There Hands Down!"

December 09, 2013  |  By AdamAtGinger

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 2.7.160

Pros

Please note that I work at Ginger and some might say that makes me biased. :) However I am also a professional writer and have worked with most proofreaders out there.

- Works everywhere I write including text boxes within websites
- Not your average proofreader Advanced technology behind this baby. Definitely better than Word and Grammarly both in terms of correction accuracy and category coverage.
- Revolutionary design. Ginger's approach to user interface in its product is truly amazing in that it lets the writer focus on writing while receiving corrections. This is critical as everyone knows how much focus is required to craft a well-written document.
- Sentence Rephraser feature. There's nothing else out there that provides anything close to this amazing tool. Especially effective for those who lack vocabulary, Sentence Rephraser rephrases user text, adding depth and style that resonates with meaning.

Cons

We're still working the final bugs out of our product. These issues are reflected in some of the comments here. But please note that we're here, monitoring each and every problem that comes up and trying our best to fix, optimize and perfect our product. We're getting there faster than expected!

Summary

Doubtlessly the best out there now, and always improving.

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2 stars

"Useless if you are an editor"

December 07, 2013  |  By UFEditor

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 2.7.160

Pros

At first glance, it looks like it would be a good purchase.

Cons

It doesn't work if you need to track your changes while editing, it turns itself off. It does work however, on websites, of all things - WHY would you want to check spelling on a website that you are looking at, and NOT in a Word document you are editing!? Basically, I paid for a software that is useless to me as an editor. If I can't show my clients my changes, what good is it?

Summary

Keep looking. This is useless.

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4 stars

"Very useful! Unbiased reviewer."

October 03, 2013  |  By Rachitshah21

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 2.7.160

Pros

I installed it after my TA suggested me to visit the learning center for improving my Grammar. I am usually good at English, just that I do not have time to proof read my assignments or projects. I think and write during the same time and before framing the whole sentence. It works the best for me since Ginger corrects me every time I go wrong, and with one click I can get back to writing! It is self adapting and seems to be very well updated. Very useful!

Cons

I wish it could be implemented on my browser and other writing areas on my laptop.

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1 stars

"i need to unistall"

September 25, 2013  |  By GBFandCo

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 2.7.160

Pros

I am extremely unhappy

Cons

i can't uninstall

Summary

I am having the same problem. I didn't realize that the software was being installed. I clicked "get now" but I expected it to take me to another screen. Nothing happened so I thought it wasn't working. Then I notice the proofreading function every time I typed texted on safari. Safari has been extremely slow I believe it's due to this Ginger software. The crazies thing is that on Ginger website. FAQ states it doesn't work on a MAC. But this is inaccurate. If someone can tell me how to unistall this software.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.7.160
Version 2.7.160 include new improved UX.
General
Publisher Ginger Software
Publisher web site http://www.gingersoftware.com
Release Date August 31, 2012
Date Added December 10, 2012
Version 2.7.160
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Language Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 796.39KB
File Name GingerSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 74,380
Downloads Last Week 415
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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