Top Copy Editing Software ProWritingAid

Automatic Text Analysis

ProWritingAid provides an automatic analysis of your text using various statistics as well as its own algorithm. These analyses are based upon the established guidelines for writing, which can be assessed. To use adverbs sparingly and to make use of less transitions. These guidelines are essential if you value good writing. ProWritingAid helps make the rules visible.

Realtime is an excellent tool to speed up the process of working through a document.

Once those errors are gone, you can move on to individual reports to edit in depth. These will allow you to look at your sentence and word choices, patterns as well as repeat words. You can also run a Summary Report to identify the areas in need of improvement the fastest.

How to Utilize It

ProWritingAid provides a range of formats. You can utilize their Web Editor to edit documents in your browser, their browser extensions let you make quick grammar fixes on websites like Twitter, WordPress, Gmail and Facebook as well as their Word add-ins for Windows and Mac let you modify your Word documents directly.

Today we will focus on their Desktop App which is great to work with your Ulysses files. Registration is necessary to access the tool. There are many ways you can use Ulysses documents and ProWritingAid. Ulysses writers can either make use of the online, free Web Editor, or download the desktop application. Premium licenses are needed to edit over 500 words at a time or to use the desktop application.

The desktop program can read and write 8 file types, Markdown being one of them. Export a Ulysses document as Markdown File. Next, make use of ProWritingAid to edit the text and then upload it to your Ulysses Library to further process. It’s fast and effective, but it doesn’t allow you to keep your images or attachments such writing objectives. After testing the application, I discovered this method to work well for me.

Use ProWritingAid to create a Markdown file.

Go to Ulysses, select a text paragraph and then select the Copy as Markdown option in the Edit menu.

Paste into ProWritingAid.

Now go through each one of the reports, and edit in ProWritingAid.

Once you are done, select the edited text and copy it.

Copy the text from your Ulysses document back to it.

The Reports

ProWritingAid reports identify the problems in your text. The explanations and/or recommendations will be displayed when you move your cursor across an underlined passage. Select a suggestion to see the possible solutions. To make use of it, you can click on a suggestion (e.g.

Each report includes an explanation of the report and a link to take you to more detailed information on the subject. I’ll explain the report in more detail with some examples to give you an idea.

Writing Style Review This report is designed to improve your writing style. This report will help you identify the use of passive voice within your writingThe sentences that are active voice are more interesting and easier to understand. Writing Style Check will also identify repeated sentences starts and suggests ways to increase readability.

Overused Words Check This report will identify words that are so commonly used that they’ve lost their meaning and are no longer relevant in daily life. ProWritingAid might not be able tell if you are using them in excess.

Check the length of your sentences.

Texts that have sentences with different lengths can make texts more enjoyable to read. This report will visualize the length of your sentences in a bar chart to help you quickly determine if there are areas for improvement. The report will also find long sentences that could make text difficult to understand.


ProWritingAid provides an online tool that’s completely free. It is less comfortable to use and you won’t have access to all available reports, however it can serve for a first impression. It is possible to purchase a premium membership that allows users to access the desktop application and many add-ons for just $79/year, or $399 for a lifetime license. You can explore the options to determine whether ProWritingAid is right for you since it comes with a 14 days of money-back guarantee.

Final Thoughts

ProWritingAid can’t (and isn’t meant to) replace a human editor. It focuses on specific aspects of text and performs an outstanding job. While you will still need to make changes to your text, ProWritingAid can speed up the process and improve it.