In this fast-paced world of texting, emailing, and doing work on your phones or tablets, typos and grammar problems can crop up all too often. Grammarly wants to help.
The writing-enhancement company has launched a new keyboard app for iOS that will automatically check - and offer to correct - anything you type. If you do a lot of writing, the app can be a godsend to keep you from looking like a buffoon with your co-workers or grammar Nazi friends.
If you have not used Grammarly before - it does have plug-ins for most browsers - the company relies on leading authorities on linguistic technology to help create algorithms that "not only catch context-specific grammar and spelling mistakes, but also the kind of confusing sentences that leave your colleagues (or worse, your boss) wondering what you’re talking about," according to a blog post announcing the new app.
The app integrates seamlessly with any iOS work you are trying to do, so you don't need to specifically open it and cut and paste into a separate app. The keyboard will replace the old iOS keyboard and add a Grammarly icon that will alert you to corrections you can make before you send or post. If you have a Grammarly Premium subscription, the app will also suggest style improvements and improve the choice of words you use.
Grammarly, quoting a report from Cisco Systems, said that by 2018, "50 percent of workplace team coordination and communication will occur over mobile collaboration apps." So always having an editor figuratively looking over your shoulder can do nothing but improve the quality of your various forms of communication.
While the free app is only for iOS at the moment, the company expects to have an Android version soon.