AP’s new Lingofy plugin is like a robot copy editor

Associated Press

Lingofy is a browser plugin that "checks website content for AP Stylebook’s spelling, language, punctuation, usage and journalistic style guidelines," the Associated Press says in a press release. The for-purchase plugin also checks against Webster's New World College Dictionary, the primary dictionary for the AP Stylebook.

Automated checkers aren't new for AP -- it introduced its StyleGuard in 2011, a plugin that checks writing done in Microsoft Word. Lingofy works for people writing directly into a CMS they access via a web browser. Users can add stylebook entries, and its dictionaries "improve over time," the AP says. "The longer you use Lingofy, the more the system can learn about your unique writing style and the better the software gets at spotting errors and suggesting corrections."

The cost of the product depends on how many licenses you buy: For an AP member organization, up to 10 "seats" will cost $64.99 per user for the first year of Lingofy. The per-user price goes down as you buy more. For non-members, the annual price starts at $69.99 per user.

Lingofy is in beta release for AP right now, available to Windows users. Mac users are next, with a full release planned after users finish testing it.

Correction: This post originally said the cost of the product varied by number of employees at an organization. It is calculated by number of licenses purchased.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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