I found a special from PC-World on the grammar checker by WhiteSmoke. It was $69 premium lifetime subscription. A good deal, no?
The only snag I’ve hit is that the deal was for a single computer, if I rush I can get a second computer license for the same price. $140 for lifetime access on two computers is a good price, and thus far I’ve found nothing wrong in the program except for the nag about an “informal question” and its determination to replace “is” with “be.” I’m just miffed at myself because I was so busy getting the “deal” that I forgot to read the EULA. (Does anybody read those? They invariably leave me with a legalese headache.)
At any rate, I can get a Grammarly premium account for about $7 a month, paid yearly, but then it goes to $139 a year, in contrast to the $138 lifetime rate for two machines on WhiteSmoke. So I’m going to give it a chance, maybe it will knock my socks off, but I doubt it.
In the meantime, I’ll continue using the free Grammarly on another site; it won’t correct the premium errors it finds, but it will notify me of their existence.
That will allow me to make a general comparison, and help me decide whether or not to buy another license from WhiteSmoke.
For what it’s worth, WhiteSmoke looks like a competent program and will probably serve my purpose as well as any other software out there. Nothing I write is intended to be a review, nor is this becoming a review site. I’m just another amateur trying to find his way around the world of writing and commenting on things I run across along the way.
I found a new glitch with WhiteSmoke. I don’t know if it matters that I’m using WordPress, but when I changed to size of the edit screen, it eliminated a bunch of spaces between words. –It did it a second time, I guess I need to check on that.