At this point it’s just hubris keeping lawyers from employing editing software. All those years of practice may grant them that certain je ne sais quoi in selling that motion to dismiss, but it doesn’t mean lengthy briefs aren’t going to have mistakes and it definitely doesn’t mean the process couldn’t be improved with more editorial input.
WordRake just unveiled its new “Simplicity” mode, offering a whole new approach to editing for lawyers looking to make their writing comply with new edicts encouraging “plain” language choices, converting jargon, bureaucratic language, and other difficult words into more straightforward text. And while the plain language issue is most pronounced for lawyers filing with the government, it’s not like a little simplicity won’t improve everyone’s work.
Earlier versions of the software offered clear and concise edits, which reduced word count, cut needless modifiers, converted nominalizations, and more. The newest version goes further by offering suggestions for improving readability and simplifying complex language.
“The Act inspired us to take WordRake a step further with a unique functionality that would help government agencies communicate more effectively with their readers,” said Gary Kinder, founder of WordRake. “That’s why we’re introducing Simplicity editing mode, which helps you find the word your reader is most likely to know. It builds on WordRake’s existing functionality, which helps you cut needless words.”
In addition to unveiling the hundreds of algorithms involved in this new mode, WordRake also announced updates of algorithms across the offering, further refining the system’s editing suggestions for legal terminology, handling of relative clauses, and introducing more efficient edits for lengthy sentences involving two or more verbs.
Obviously a whole new editing mode brings with it new pricing. The new monthly subscription offering clocks in at $17/month for Word and $24/month for Word and Outlook, with annual pricing remaining $129/year for Word and $199/year for Word and Outlook.
Users on version 3.85 or later can update directly from the Help menu within the app. Everyone can get the update by clicking on these links:
WordRake for Word on Mac: https://www.wordrake.com/update-word-mac
WordRake for Word on Windows: https://www.wordrake.com/update-word-pc
WordRake for Outlook on Windows: https://www.wordrake.com/update-outlook-pc
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