Taking spell checking technology to a new level, Isota LLC today announced the release of AccuSpell 2008, its most innovative spell checker for Windows applications. Using cutting edge technology, AccuSpell 2008 lets users perform real-time spell checking, auto-corrections and thesaurus searches across almost all popular Windows applications. This allows a single spell checker and set of custom dictionaries to work for all applications on the user’s PC, providing the ultimate in consistent, economical, and comprehensive writing tools.
Innovative Use of Windows “Hooking” Technology
Using Windows “hooking” technology, AccuSpell 2008 is able to scan text as it appears on the screen, and perform a spelling check. This approach allows real-time checking to be done regardless of whether the on-screen text is being entered from the keyboard, or displayed from an existing file, and errors are identified with Microsoft Word-style red underlining. Corrections are then made from a set of spelling options incorporated into the application’s existing right-mouse menu, seamlessly integrating AccuSpell with the application. The right-mouse menu options include a “spell check all” feature so that the user can also perform complete checking of long documents that cannot be displayed all at once.
AccuSpell offers a range of powerful, robust capabilities, including:
• Wide range of customizable options
AccuSpell 2008 can be customized to optionally recognize or ignore common Internet words, files and directories, repeated words, words in all upper case, and much more.
• Powerful suggestion engine
AccuSpell 2008 comes with an enhanced search engine that provides suggestions for misspelled words fast.
• Extensive editable custom dictionaries
AccuSpell 2008 offers great flexibility and power through its custom dictionary capabilities. Users can choose to share their existing Microsoft Word custom dictionaries with AccuSpell, or use AccuSpell’s own custom dictionary. An excluded word list is available for defining legal alternate spellings which the user wants to mark as incorrect, and AccuSpell ships with an Auto-Correct list of words that are commonly misspelled. Users can edit the Auto-Correct dictionary to add automatic corrections for words they often type or spell incorrectly.
• Auto-correction capability
AccuSpell 2008 recognizes misspelled words that are included in its Auto-Correct dictionary, such as “teh” for “the”, and corrects them on the fly as the user types. This list can be customized by the user to add or remove word pairs.
• Automatic updates
AccuSpell 2008 searches automatically for updates and notifies users as soon as a new version is ready to download.window, users can click an option to quickly search the Internet for updates, which can be downloaded and installed at the click of a button.
• A comprehensive thesaurus that searches for highlighted words and phrases
AccuSpell 2008’s thesaurus is accessed from within the user’s application as an option on the program’s existing right-mouse menu. It returns a list of synonyms, antonyms, related words and meanings, and provides the ability to instantly replace existing text with any of the search results. The user can also extend the search for suggestions without replacing the original text by stepping through progressive look-ups on any of the words or phrases in the search results list.
• Instant word “lookup” link to Merriam-Webster online
Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary is accessed through AccuSpell as an option on the user’s right-mouse menu. The user can instantly look up a word by right-clicking the mouse on the word and choosing the Merriam-Webster lookup option.
• Spell checking in 16 languages
Isota currently offers 16 language dictionaries for its spell checking products. The dictionaries are available for download from the Isota web site, and are included in the CD version of all products. Language can be set easily in one mouse click.
“AccuSpell 2008 represents a leap forward in spell checking software,” said Mark Geigel, president of Isota. “The benefits to the user are significant – before AccuSpell, users had to install different spell checkers for individual applications, and re-enter words in each program’s custom dictionary. This resulted in extra work for the user, to say nothing of the inevitable inconsistencies between applications. With AccuSpell, all that duplicated effort and complexity is a thing of the past, and users can enjoy simple, universal spell checking.”
AccuSpell is the latest in Isota’s line of spell checking software for retail and enterprise customers, as well as developers. Isota’s current line includes a server-based product that provides cross-platform, cross-browser spell checking for Microsoft Outlook Web Access, and a web developer toolkit for adding spell checking capability to web-based applications. Future plans include a version of AccuSpell tailored to the needs of businesses, including the ability to easily create and share custom dictionaries over a network, as well as incorporating other specialized dictionaries for specific markets, such as law and medicine.
AccuSpell 2008 retails for $49.95, and begins shipping this month. It is available as both an electronic download and as a CD from Isota’s website.
Isota, LLC (Isota.com) is a provider of international state-of-the-art, smart spell checking, dictionary and thesaurus products for individuals, small businesses, large organizations, and developers. A privately held corporation, Isota was founded by a group of technology professionals with decades of experience in the development of spelling tools and Windows hooking technology. Isota is headquartered in Miami, Florida.