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Ginger Software Expands Capabilities of Text Correction Tool

2009-12-16

Software Offers Progress Reporting, Customizable Settings and Internet Explorer Compatibility

Lexington, Mass. (Dec. 16, 2009) – Ginger Software, Inc. (www.gingersoftware.com), the leader in spelling and grammar correction, offers teachers and students additional functionality with the latest release of Ginger, a context-based text correction tool. Ginger now works with Internet Explorer, enabling students to write with confidence online. In addition, Ginger features customizable settings, and progress reporting to track mistakes and illustrate student progress.

Ginger is designed for all students, including those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, and English language learners. Compatible with Microsoft Word and Outlook, and now Internet Explorer, Ginger automatically corrects misused words, incorrect grammar, and spelling mistakes. Unlike standard spell checkers, Ginger deciphers unusual spelling mistakes and corrects multiple errors within a sentence simultaneously, allowing students to work more efficiently. Through Internet Explorer, students can now write with confidence in e-mail applications like Gmail, and on social networking Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

“The latest release of Ginger provides a comprehensive solution for both students and educators,” said Yael Karov, founder and CEO of Ginger Software. “Students can now customize Ginger to fit their specific preferences, as well as use Ginger in Internet Explorer in addition to Microsoft Word. Plus, teachers now have access to real-time reporting features to identify students’ needs and track their progress.”

The new version of Ginger is also more accessible, providing customizable interface settings. Students can change display attributes such as background color and font style to complement their abilities and preferences. For example, a user with low vision may want to enlarge the text size, whereas a student who is color-blind may prefer a different background color. Text-to-speech functionality available through Ginger Premium enables users to hear sentences before and after correction, as well as alternate corrections and their definitions. Speech settings allow students to change the speed, volume and voice used. In addition, an “add to dictionary” feature now enables students to add words that are not already included in the dictionary, such as names.

Ginger helps students learn from their mistakes, by highlighting spelling and grammar errors, and offering alternate contextual options. In addition, progress reporting available through Ginger Premium allows teachers and students to identify problem areas. Reports contain statistical analyses of the most frequent errors, listing them in two categories: as spelling mistakes, or grammar mistakes and misused words. The number of words and sentences corrected, and a list of repeatedly misspelled words also is provided. Through the reports, teachers can identify student needs, track their progress, and personalize instruction in response.

Ginger and Ginger Premium are both offered through an annual subscription, which includes updates and upgrades released during that period. School subscriptions start at $145 for three workstations, with volume and multiple-year subscription discounts available.

To download a free trial of Ginger or Ginger Premium, visit www.gingersoftware.com.

About Ginger Software, Inc.
Ginger Software empowers students to dramatically improve their written communication. The company offers automatic error correction through Ginger, a downloadable software program that corrects misused words, grammar and spelling mistakes based on the context of each sentence. Additional functionality is available through Ginger Premium, which includes text-to-speech and progress reporting. Founded in 2007, Ginger Software is a global company with offices in Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.gingersoftware.com.

For more information, contact:
Miki Feldman-Simon, Ginger Software, 617-755-0160 or mikif@gingersoftware.com
Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-839-9800 or emily@cblohm.com