About ProWritingAid

Category: Plagiarism Checker
Product Summary: ProWritingAid is an online editing program that helps users improve their writing in a more polished and professional way. It provides real-time grammar, style, and spelling feedback and spots potential errors. It also checks plagiarism and gives advice on improving writing flow.

Company: ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid was founded in 2012 by Chris Banks and Andrew Johnson. They developed software originally built for authors to improve their manuscripts. Since then, it has evolved into a tool for all writers, from students to business professionals. The company is based in the United Kingdom.

In-Depth Analysis

0 Overall
Price 5.0
Performance 2.0
Ease Of Use 3.0
Features 4.0
Support 3.0

Pros

  • Real-time, highly detailed feedback that can help decrease plagiarism score
  • Reliable plagiarism checks

Cons

  • Plagiarism checker costs extra
  • Slow plagiarism analysis

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Plans & Pricing

Additional Plagiarism Check Packages

For those who don’t want to upgrade to Premium Plus or need more than 50 checks in a year, you can avail of the different plagiarism checks packages.

Plagiarism Checks

Price

10 Checks

$10

100 Checks

$40

500 Checks

$120

1000 Checks

$200

Free
$0
/mo
  • Edit up to 500 words
  • 19 writing reports
Premium
$20
/mo
$399 Lifetime
14-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • Edit unlimited number of words
  • 25 writing reports
  • Writers Resource Library
  • Writers Resource Library
Premium Plus
$24
/mo
$499 Lifetime
14-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • Everything in the Premium plan
  • Plagiarism Checker

 

Performance

ProWritingAid’s plagiarism checks are frustratingly slow compared to other writing software like Grammarly. The loading times for certain reports like the thesaurus and plagiarism checker can go up to 3 minutes, depending on the length of your texts.

For a text with 500 words, the plagiarism check took 1 minute and 23 seconds. It’s worse with longer word counts. When I had 1,200 words checked, I waited for 3 minutes and 45 seconds to get a plagiarism report. My Internet speed at the time of testing was decent at 78.39 mbps.

ProWritingAid Performance of accuracy

In terms of accuracy, the plagiarism checker works well with both fiction writing and non-fiction content. For deliberately copied text from one source, the checker would match it to multiple sources, including the original. It doesn’t skip commonly used phrases either.

Uniqueness

ProWritingAid may be the best writing tool for long-form writers. It generates unique and in-depth reports on a wide range of writing aspects that other writing tools don’t bother to check, like sticky sentences, slow pacing, and inclusive language. It also integrates with Scrivener, which is a widely known book writing app.

Ease of Use

ProWritingAid’s user interface is not as clean and visually appealing as other writing tools, so it can be overwhelming at first. But as you ease into it, you’ll realize how intuitive it is. The design is more akin to writing programs like Microsoft Word and Google Docs, where there is a standard white page with a menu bar on top, and the reports on the side. It’s helpful that each report has its own color code as well.

Ease of use uploading a document ProWritingAid

Aside from the web editor, ProWritingAid can be downloaded as a browser extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. It also integrates well with writing software like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Scrivener. There are also full integrations available for Windows and Mac, wherein the tool can aid in emails, messages, presentations, and documents.

Customer Support

ProWritingAid’s customer support can be slightly challenging to navigate since there is no one-stop support page on ProWritingAid’s website. However, its chatbot help feature does appear on every page. The knowledge base is already sufficient for common inquiries. Besides providing FAQ articles, it also has blogs, webinars, and ebooks for your perusal. Email support is also available, and the team usually responds within 48 hours from Monday to Friday.

Since there is no dedicated support section on the website, I had to visit different pages to find answers. Links to the FAQs page and writing resources can be found on the website footer. Meanwhile, the blog section can be accessed under the Learn tab on the top menu bar. However, they currently don’t have phone support or live online chat.

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Blog- ProwritingAid

When I typed in questions into the chat widget, it would churn out links to answers instead of giving acknowledging replies:

Blog- ProwritingAid

The widget does have an Ask tab, which only offers you the option to ask via email. After picking this option, I was prompted to fill up an inquiry form. A note there states that the team responds in 48 hours. After sending the question, I received an auto-reply email with this content:

I was able to get a reply back from them on the morning of the second day, with a response I am satisfied with.

24/7 Help & Support
24/7 Help & Support
Chat bot support
Email
Email
Email support is available (within 48 hours).
FAQ
FAQ
Tutorials and articles on common topics are provided.
Blog
Blog
The blogs cover topics on writing styles, grammar rules, and tips
Features & Functionality
General Features

Plagiarism Check

ProWritingAid analysis of text within the document

The plagiarism checker compares a user’s text against over a billion web pages, academic papers, and published works. It returns a report with the percentage of similarity and highlights the copied passages.

Content Scan

While easy to use, ProWritingAid scans text much slower than other plagiarism checking software on the market, which can be frustrating for many users.

Text Similarity Detection

ProWritingAid goes beyond simply linking the webpages the scanned text is similar to. It also categorizes these according to quoted and non-quoted text and enumerates how many there are, in addition to the overall percentage of similarity. The detection is accurate as well.

Spell Checker and Detailed Reports

Document analysis feature- ProWritingaid

ProWritingAid’s strongest feature is its capability to generate in-depth reports on more than 20 elements of a text. You can get detailed feedback and suggestions on spelling, style, thesaurus, cliche sentences, and more, all in real-time as you write and edit your work. Other writing tools don’t have this caliber. In our experience, you get better results when you upload long-form content.

Writers Resource Library

The Premium plan allows access to ProWritingAid’s vast library of webinars and ebooks. There are tailored courses for copywriters, fiction writers, and business writers. The blog section also provides articles on writing suggestions and grammar tips.

100% Privacy

Writers working with confidential content can rest easy with ProWritingAid’s privacy feature. The tool’s privacy policy states it will never access user-uploaded texts without permission.

Features
  • Plagiarism Check
  • Style Editor
  • Citation Finder
  • Content Scan
  • Text Similarity Detection
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Multiple File Format Support
  • Spell Checker
Grammar
Features
  • Grammar Check
  • Tone Check
  • Sentence Formatting
  • Style Editor
  • Vocabulary Recommendations
  • Sentence Rephrasing
  • Dictionary
Product Type
Features
  • Standalone Application
  • Plugin
  • Browser Application
  • Desktop Application
Database Type
Features
  • Custom Database
  • Internet Content
  • Proprietary Database
  • Academic Databases
Verdict

Overall, ProWritingAid is a powerful writing tool with impressive reports and suggestions you won’t find in other competitors. You can get insights on things like pacing, inclusive language, sticky sentences, and quote consistency. It’s an ideal writing assistant for users who like to create long-form content.

The biggest pro is that all its best features already come with the free version. Plagiarism checks are an add-on cost however, and although ProWritingAid’s plagiarism detection feature works decently, you may be better off with other specialized plagiarism checking tools. On the bright side, your texts are guaranteed secure and you can rest knowing they won’t be sold off by the company to others.

Noah Edis
Author: Noah Edis
Noah Edis is a freelance writer and systems engineer with a wealth of experience in modern hardware and software. When he's not working on his latest project, you can find him playing competitive dodgeball or pursuing his personal interest in programming.
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