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Ginger

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.7.95
  • Total Downloads:
    104,082
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 25, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    876.48KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    31
  • 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

"Warning! Be careful... Not recommended."

April 18, 2016  |  By love2succeed

2016-04-18 18:43:44  |  By love2succeed

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 3.5.224

Pros

I have not found any pros as yet.

Cons

When I used the rephraser within the Ginger product - it appeared to me as if it was junk, a poor quality product. I tried several different sentence examples, and not one time did I get a sentenced rephrased properly.

In my opinion--the support is awful!. On their website, I did not see any phone numbers. When I submitted a request for support, there was a message displayed about getting back to me within 1-2 days.

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1 stars

"Do Not Buy This"

December 09, 2015  |  By crashingone

2015-12-09 15:46:25  |  By crashingone

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 3.5.224

Pros

Great program in the free download.

Cons

When you try to upgrade to the premium version, they take your money but never give you the upgrade. They promise to get back to you in 1 to 2 business days, but they never do. Do not give them money!

Summary

Very sad.

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1 stars

"Do not download this!"

March 24, 2015

2015-03-24 01:38:47

 |  Version: Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker 3.5.224

Pros

I can't think of one.

Cons

It's a completely redundant tool. It did nothing that on-board spell checking couldn't and didn't detect any punctuation or grammatical errors that I did deliberately. It has also now attached itself to my computer and won't let go.

Summary

Ginger is touted as more than a spell checker; it is supposed to be a tool for catching and correcting punctuation errors. And yet it would seem that I could write 100 words without a single punctuation mark and it will make no recommendations, nor will it correct misplaced (I tested this) punctuation marks.. Worst of all, as mentioned repeatedly above, it acts like malware, and I am presently unable to uninstall it. Highly disappointing!

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1 stars

"Terrible Desktop version"

February 08, 2015  |  By RikNorm

2015-02-08 05:12:12  |  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

2015-01-22 05:28:52  |  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

2014-09-19 02:37:10  |  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

"Malware warning"

June 04, 2014  |  By Moliver1961

2014-06-04 16:26:15  |  By Moliver1961

 |  Version: Ginger 2.7.29

Pros

None, has Malware

Cons

Tried to cancel install, still put Malware on my computer and it took me almost and hour to clean up.

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1 stars

"Crude attempt of grammar checker. Suspicious behaviour."

May 30, 2014  |  By mo0kid

2014-05-30 16:34:03  |  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

2014-03-24 10:31:14  |  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

2014-02-14 14:31:35  |  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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.7.95
Version 3.7.95 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Ginger Software
Publisher web site http://www.gingersoftware.com
Release Date June 30, 2016
Date Added September 25, 2016
Version 3.7.95
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Language Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2003/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 876.48KB
File Name Ginger.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 104,082
Downloads Last Week 31
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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