As perfect as it gets

I always regret that I cannot be a perfect editor. I aim for perfection, but it rarely happens for me (and I suspect, for other editors).

That’s why I was intrigued with “PerfectIt,” a software product that states on its website that it “is the fastest way to find consistency mistakes.”

Sure enough, it checks for consistency of hyphenation; capitalization; numbers/words; capitalization in headings; abbreviations and acronyms (definitions/spelling); bullets; lists; figures; and tables. Since these editing problems drive me crazy, having software to flag these issues is a gift. PerfectIt has a lot more features that I don’t use at this point (but you might).

The free trial convinced me that I was missing errors and inconsistencies that PerfectIt found, so I bought a single license for $99. I run it as an add-on in Microsoft® Word during my last pass through the document (after global searching, onscreen editing, and running spellcheck but before proofreading). It works best on longer documents than shorter ones (apparently because a long document provides a bigger set of examples so that the software can determine the dominant style in the document).

As with any new software, I tested it on a few sample documents before launching it on a crucial project; it does take some self-training, which is enhanced by excellent support.

If you are an editor searching for another tool to help you with mind-numbing larger documents, try PerfectIt! It saves time and improves quality and makes my clients happier with my end product.

(I make no money by recommending this or any other editing products that I like.)