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Free or Low Cost Apps


Enjoy these apps that make writing even easier.  These are available for anyone to use and provide various support for writing, citations, and more.

Ginger Grammar Checker & Spell Checker

Grammar Check, Spell Check & Proofreading logoGinger Grammar Checker & Spell Checker:

  • checks spelling and grammar and fixes it according to the context of your text in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome
  • translates into other languages (you can use the microphone icon button for dictation)
  • suggests alternative ways to express your sentences
  • Cost: Free, paid Premium
  • Compatibility: Windows, iOS, Android, Chrome, Safari


Grammarly logoGrammarly:

  • eliminate writing mistakes, contextual errors, spelling errors, and poor vocabulary usage
  • synonym suggestions
  • learn from your mistakes to avoid them in the future
  • works anywhere in the Chrome browser (emails, essays, social media, etc.)
  • Cost: Free and paid Premium
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension

Hemingway Editor

Hemingway Editor logoHemingway Editor:

  • assists with writing clarity, passive voice editing, and readability
  • displays how many words are typed
  • Cost: free for web, $19.99 for desktop application
  • Compatibility: Windows or Mac


iWordQ logoiWordQ:

  • context-based word prediction tool
  • make your own custom abbreviation to simplify your writing
  • text-to-speech function with breathing space added allows for you to listen to your writing to hear any mistakes and make changes and catch up as you proofread
  • customizable reading area for font, size, letter spacing and more
  • text chunking to analyze and highlight in small chunks to increase comprehension
  • Cost: $20.99-$24.99
  • Compatibility: iOS


Yuzu eReader logoQuillBot:

  • paraphraser
  • grammar check
  • plagiarism checker
  • translation
  • citation generator
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: browser/online

Typ-O HD

typ-O HD logoTyp-O HD:

  • word prediction with text-to-speech functionality to hear word options before selecting them
  • spell checker
  • use speech recognition to enter text onto the screen
  • Cost: $11.99
  • Compatibility: iOS

Voice Dream Writer

Voice Dream Writer logoVoice Dream Writer:

  • text-to-speech and voice-to-text to help you proofread and avoid awkward sentences or grammatical mistakes
  • dictionary, phonetic spell checker, and word finder help you use the correct words
  • outline of paper allows for better structure
  • make fewer mistakes, use the right words, and organize your writing
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatibility: iOS

Word Bank Universal

Word Bank logoWord Bank Universal:

  • word bank directly in your browser
  • highlights important people, places, a timeline, and numbers from web pages or articles
  • text-to-speech functionality
  • searchable content
  • Cost: $3.99/month
  • Compatibility: online


Writing Challenge

Writing Challenge app logoWriting Challenge:

  • improve your writing and have fun while doing it
  • offers topic suggestions for writing
  • provide thousands of different combinations to get your writing started
  • timer or number of steps for your writing
  • Cost: $1.99
  • Compatibility: iOS, Windows, Android, Kindle

Written? Kitten!

The Official Written? Kitten! logoWritten? Kitten!:

  • encourages words typed by showing a picture of a kitten for every certain number of words written
  • can choose to see a kitten every 100, 200, 500, or 1000 words written
  • images displayed can be adjusted 
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: online