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PerfectIt: a no-painer explainer

Here’s a quick intro to my favourite editorial tool, the PerfectIt add-in for Microsoft Word, by Intelligent Editing.

Unlike plain old spellcheck, PerfectIt performs a series of consistency checks to make sure your documents are as sharp as possible. I know dozens of professional editors who use PerfectIt as part of their regular editing routine, and it’s just about the only editorial tool that I’m happy to endorse.

Right now (early 2017), the software works only on the Windows version of Word, but a ‘cloud’ version is planned for later in the year, at which point Mac users will be able to join in the fun.

The software’s not free, but at $99 it won’t break the bank. (SfEP members get a discount.) As far as I’m concerned, this one’s paid for itself several times over.

Over to you

Have you tried PerfectIt? What do you think? What other editorial tools would you recommend? Let me know by leaving a comment below or by catching up with me on Twitter. I’d love to hear from you.

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Who wrote this?

John Espirian – the relentlessly helpful technical copywriter

I write B2B web content, blogs, user guides and case studies – all aimed at explaining how your products, services and processes work. I also offer LinkedIn profile critiquing and rewriting.

I work from home in Newport, South Wales and support the (formerly) mighty Liverpool FC 🔴⚽️