Grammarly update brings UI revamp and more features
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Grammarly has cemented its place as one of the most popular spellchecking web apps in the world. The app's age-old classic design was finally remodeled last week, though.
Grammarly's new look is admittedly a lot more pleasant to the eyes. Text has been shifted from the left-indented position to a more central stance on the page. Previously, a significant portion of the left side of the screen harbored all settings and options but that has been moved away now, with the home, download, and new document icons now nestling at the top left.
Speaking of icons, the new UI makes use of a more minimalistic design factor. The screen is mostly white, with grey icons at the top left, and top/bottom right.
Functionality also sees significant changes, with a few not for the better. Gone is the standard, perpetual word counter at the bottom of the page. That feature can only be accessed by clicking on the "Assistant" button at the top and selecting Insights. Selecting "Insights" gives data on readability, word length, reading time, and similar metrics. There's also a "Set Goals" function that allows you to dictate your writing style and content context.
Also, before the revamp, the app only informed you of the number of advanced errors in your work. Now, however, it points out what kind of error you have—Passive voice Misuse, for example—although you still have to own a premium account to see the exact sentence at fault.
UX has mostly been worked on, although there are now issues with page movement. The page arbitrarily moves up, cutting off a section of the text, and you have to manually scroll up with the slider to access the cut-off text—which appears to be impossible to do with the Assistant panel open on the right.