The Windows version of Manuscript Analyzer has been getting some pretty good comments and use around the Internet, but one undercurrent that I've been encountering is that there are more writers who are Mac users than I had anticipated. To provide a solution for those users who can't use the Windows version, I've created Manuscript Analyzer Online.
The big concern that everyone is likely to have with this program, however, is its online nature. Is it stealing their manuscript, or transmitting it across the Internet where passing hackers might take advantage of it? The answer, of course, is no. Otherwise I wouldn't have put it up.
Hopefully that alleviates any concerns that anyone has, but if there are other questions please do let me know and I'll be more than happy to address them. Also, I'm still quite interested in ideas for improvements/extensions to the program, so feel free to email me with those.
Your ms analyzer is a great tool. But, how does the program interpret the results? For instance, what does the program consider to be frequent offenders, common, large, etc.
Thanks for stopping by, and for your comments. The results are mostly interpreted based on dictionaries -- if you scroll down on the online analyzer page, you can see (and add to, if you want) the dictionaries of frequent offenders, common, and phrases.
Large words are simply words that have a character count greater than 5, and adverbs (as is noted on the page) are simply words that in in -ly.
The windows-based program allows you to permanently modify the dictionaries, but the online version you have to modify the dictionary every time. It's pretty simple to cut-and-paste your list of personal frequent offenders if you keep that in a text file on your computer, though.
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