Mac users, it's finally here. The ProWritingAid Word Add-In is coming to Mac.
If you're used to working with your Word for Mac documents in the Desktop App, now there's another way (though the Desktop App will always be there for you!). With your Premium license, you'll soon be able to download a ProWritingAid Add-In that sits in the Home tab of Word for Mac.
We're excited to offer you the opportunity to test the new Word Add-In for Mac. If you'd like to test this new software, follow the directions below for early access. In exchange, all we ask is that you share feedback with us at email@example.com with the subject line 'Word-Add In Beta Testing'.
Read on to find out how to try the new Add-In.
Try the ProWritingAid Mac Word Add-In
Please be aware that this product is in testing. The installation process will become easier once we have finished developing the product. If you experience any issues while using the app, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line 'Word Add-In Beta Testing'.
1. Open the Terminal App on your Mac using Spotlight:
To open Spotlight, click on the magnifying glass icon in the top right-hand corner of your screen:
Then search for Terminal.
Open the Terminal App:
2. Paste in following command, then press the enter key on your keyboard to run it.
curl https://cdn.prowritingaid.com/officeaddon/web/install.sh | sh
3. Restart Word for Mac.
4. In Word, go to the 'Insert' tab, and click on the dropdown button beside 'My Add-ins'.
5. Click "ProWritingAid Office Add-In" under "Developer Add-ins"
6. Go back to the "Home" tab, and click the ProWritingAid icon on the right-most side of the toolbar to open the add-in.
Now you're ready to go!
Not working for you?
You can uninstall the app as follows:
1. Open Terminal App
2. Paste in the following command, and press the enter key on your keyboard to run it:
curl https://cdn.prowritingaid.com/officeaddon/web/uninstall.sh | sh
3. Restart Word for Mac
We'd be very grateful if you could drop us a line to tell us why you didn't like the add-in. Contact us at email@example.com with the subject line 'Word-Add In Beta Testing'.
How to Use ProWritingAid's Word Add-in for Mac
To get editing, open a Word document and click on the ProWritingAid icon. Here, you will see a quick overview of your Grammar and Writing Style improvements in a sidebar.
You can click through these in the sidebar to correct them in your document. Clicking on the arrows to the right of the suggestion box will allow you to move on to the next suggestion in your document, like this:
This allows you to make quick improvements to your documents, fixing mistakes that Word's grammar checker doesn't catch.
Launching the Full Editor
Once you've corrected your Grammar and Style mistakes, you can open the full editor to dive deeper into your edit. Click 'Open Full Editor' at the bottom of the sidebar to launch the full pop-up editor.
This will bring up a new window with a full toolbar of all 20 ProWritingAid reports. This works in much the same way as the Desktop App. You can run each report on your writing and accept or reject suggestions. You can also produce a Summary report to learn more about your writing.
You can extend the pop-up editor to fit your whole screen to make editing easier. If you can't see all of the reports in the toolbar right away, click on the three dots to the right of the editor to see a dropdown with the rest of the reports.
Once you've made your edits, click on 'Apply Changes' at the bottom of the editor. This will apply all of the edits you've made in the pop-up editor to your Word document. These changes will be reflected in the score you see in the top right-hand corner of the side bar.
With the Word Add-in for Mac, you can streamline the editing and writing processes by having all of your tools in one place.
One of our main aims at ProWritingAid is to allow you to edit wherever you write. Our users have been asking for this add-in for a long time - and we're so excited to finally release it. If you'd like to be one of the first to test it out, follow the instructions at the beginning of this article to download the add-in.
Start editing like a pro with your free ProWritingAid account
When a reader sees a grammar error, they start to lose faith in the writer who made it.
ProWritingAid is one of the best grammar checkers out there - but it's far more than that! The Editing Tool also looks at elements of structure and style that have an impact on how strong and readable your writing is.
More, it helps you learn as you edit, making you a better writer every time you use the program.
The best way to find out how much ProWritingAid can do is to try it yourself!