Chrome: After The Deadline, a powerful spelling and grammar checking tool, has arrived as a Google Chrome extension with all its text-fixing powers intact. It catches typos and bad writing, and allows you to customise key phrases and website rules.
After the Deadline, previously available as a Firefox extension and WordPress plug-in, checks spelling, style and grammar, and is fully customisable. You can use it to check hum-drum spelling errors, or more complex grammar issues in your writing, like clichés, double negatives and passive voice. After The Deadline can be activated through an assignable shortcut key (Ctrl+Shift+S by default), or by ticking the icon that shows up in the lower-right corner of sizable text areas. Best of all, you can set the add-on to ignore key phrases and web sites where the rules are a little different.
When After The Deadline catches an error, it underlines it in different ways to indicate what's wrong, then suggests possible replacements and a link to an explanation. You can also ignore a particular error and — like Microsoft Word's spellcheck — choose to never be reminded about it again. After The Deadline isn't just limited to English: there are options to edit in French, German, Portuguese and Spanish as well.
After The Deadline is a free download and works wherever Chrome works. If you've got a better tool to fix your text wherever you type it, tell us in the peanut gallery below.