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Autocrit vs. ProWritingAid: How They Stack Up

The ProWritingAid Team
ProWritingAid: A grammar guru, style editor, and writing mentor in one package.
Published May 18, 2020

ProWritingAid vs. Autocrit

How does ProWritingAid stack up against online editing tool AutoCrit? We've carried out direct comparisons below according to a number of criteria.

Contents:
  1. Cost
  2. Free Version
  3. Integrations
  4. Number of Writing Reports
  5. Takeaways

Cost

ProWritingAid Premium

ProWritingAid Premium can be purchased as a one-year, two-year, three-year, or lifetime license. If you purchase a one-year license, ProWritingAid costs just $5.83 a month! It gets even cheaper if you purchase longer plans.

AutoCrit

Autocrit only offers a month-to-month subscription plan. The professional plan is $30 a month, while the elite plan is $80!

That’s a big difference. But don’t let ProWritingAid’s low cost fool you into thinking it’s not as comprehensive! Keep reading to find out more.

Free Version

Both ProWritingAid and AutoCrit offer some analysis for free, but ProWritingAid offers its free users many more features.

Autocrit

Input your text into their free version and you will get an analysis of your adverb usage, including a list of those that you are using too frequently. There are no word limits, but you don't get access to as many reports.

ProWritingAid

You get access to every ProWritingAid report, including the Grammar Report, Style Report, Repetition Report, Sticky Sentence Report, Overused Words Report, Sentence Length Report, Readability Report and many more. We have 25 reports! The free version does, however, have a 500 word limit.

Integrations

AutoCrit

AutoCrit is an online editing tool and must be used within your internet browser. If you're writing in Scrivener or MS Word, you have to copy and paste your document into AutoCrit, edit, then copy and paste back into your writing program. It can't be used offline.

ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid Premium users can use ProWritingAid in several ways.

  • The desktop version allows users to open, edit, and save a wide variety of files including Scrivener, MS Word, Open Office, RTF, HTML, and Markdown. In this way you don’t lose formatting by cutting and pasting into an online tool.

  • We offer add-ins for both MS Word and Google Docs so that you can edit in your favorite platform.

  • You can use ProWritingAid as a Chrome extension so that you can edit on any website, including your posts on Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and more.

Number of Writing Reports

ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid offers the following reports as standard in both the free and paid versions:

AutoCrit

AutoCrit offers the following reports as part of their paid subscription:

  • Dialogue
  • Strong Writing
  • Word Choice
  • Repetition
  • Compare to Fiction
  • Pacing and Momentum

There are other reports, and many do the same thing as ProWritingAid. AutoCrit's unique feature is comparing your work to famous authors and making sure you book fits your genre.

Takeaways

We think it's pretty clear that ProWritingAid offers a lot more value for money: twice as many writing reports at a fraction of the cost. We haven't even mentioned some of the other free features such as the Word Explorer, Summary Report and Contextual Thesaurus. Just give it a try and see for yourself.

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And all the reasons above is why I switched.
By Tinapollick on 07 January 2013, 03:53 PM
This article has spelling errors.
By cjpari on 02 June 2014, 08:52 AM
You might want to update this. If the free version doesn't have a word limit, why did I get hit with a 3000 word limit.
By penickjoshua on 24 April 2015, 10:42 PM
I just tried out AutoCrit (the free version). One of the reasons I won't be purchasing it is that in one of its reports, the word "Occurrences" was misspelled as "Occurrances" -- sorry, but if they misspell within their own editing program, I am not impressed. I'll now look at the Pro Writing Aid...
By creative.energy on 03 May 2015, 01:17 AM
I have used both and AutoCrit seems to have some things that are better than Prowriting Aid. It focuses more on wording and flow. I would suggest AutoCrit for a writer who has minimal issues with the basics of grammar and spelling.
By professor1 on 31 July 2016, 10:57 PM
I've looked at both, and autocrit is a great deal easier to use. Your price is right, certainly, but I disagreed with many of the recommendations ProWritingAid gave me. The "sticky sentences" report is almost meaningless, for example. So it's not a great advantage that you offer it. I'm still trying decide if either of these tools will truly be useful to me for the cost (autocrit) or effort (yours) they would take. Of course, editing isn't easy! And it is a boon to have a program that can show you repeated and overused words. So kudos for developing it, even if it proves not to be right for me. Mary
By mekj12 on 17 September 2016, 06:26 PM
I too chose Pro-Writing Aid over Auto-Crit, one reason being price. (Thank you for being so reasonable.) And I'm ever so pleased that you went the extra mile to create a workaround that allowed an integration with Scrivener. Thank you very much for that. But the thing that frustrates me the most is if you don't use the desktop version, and go straight to the web version, you lose your formatting especially as you flip between reports. Am I doing something wrong here? Also, editing within either version can cause some weird spacing problems, and extensive editing, such as rewriting multiple lines exacerbates this. One thing that Auto Crit has seemed to updated is the capacity to set formatting options for export. Perhaps this is something you can look at too. That would be very, very helpful. Thanks!
By bturnage on 19 February 2018, 03:44 PM
I used Autocrit, Prowriting aid, and Grammarly. I purchased lifetime memberships in Autocrit and Prowriting aid. Using all three, I feel catches everything.
By lkokko7381 on 20 November 2019, 07:55 PM
Cool
By iwillstillrock on 13 June 2020, 02:29 AM

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