HD Video Converter Factory Pro Review 2019

The history of video converters is huge. Throughout time, new features have developed. HD Video Converter Factory Pro by WonderFox is another video converter with not just video converting tools, but it’s a full package of a video editor. In this article, I’m going to write HD Video Converter Factory Pro review and see what new features it brings to the world. Continue reading “HD Video Converter Factory Pro Review 2019”

Screencast-O-Matic Review – Why I Like this Screen Recorder?

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Screencast-O-Matic Review

There are hundreds of screen recording software out there. Some are good, and some are not, and almost every software has a premium version. So, how do you know which one is for you? Well, of course, by reading the reviews. Screencast-O-Matic is a multi-platform screen recorder. It comes with many features, and here I’m exploring those features. I have been using Screencast-O-Matic for over two years for my YouTube channel, and I have seen the software changing and growing. We’ll not just review the free version of Screencast-O-Matic, but the premium plans as well. Every word written in this post is from my experience. We will be reviewing each round, and after each round, there will be rating. Finally, we will calculate the overall score. After reading this review, you will not need to go anywhere, as this is the ultimate review of Screencast-O-Matic. Continue reading “Screencast-O-Matic Review – Why I Like this Screen Recorder?”

Anonymous VPN Review – How this Multi Platform VPN Fits in 2019?

Anonymous VPN Review
Anonymous VPN Review

When it comes to VPN, you want fast and reliable service. VPN is essential for many purposes, and a powerful VPN can hide you from many organisations. Anonymous VPN is a VPN client with a mission. Most of the VPN software packages offer fast speed and unmetered bandwidth with a small fee. The problem with digital products is, you must make sure that you are buying something suitable for your needs. Anonymous VPN may not be so popular, but it is super fast. Being a customer, it’s is my duty to write an Anonymous VPN review. We will go through its features and do some tests to find out whether it is the right VPN client for you. Continue reading “Anonymous VPN Review – How this Multi Platform VPN Fits in 2019?”

How to Download Original Windows Movie Maker in 2019

It’s been over six years since the last update for Windows Movie Maker was released. Windows Movie Maker, a part of Windows Essentials, is famous and easy to use software for early creators. It is similar to iMovie on Mac. Unfortunately, Microsoft stopped supporting Windows Movie Maker a long time ago. Many developers found the decision as an opportunity and started creating their software with similar names, but people are more likely to download the original Movie Maker. Continue reading “How to Download Original Windows Movie Maker in 2019”

Evernote vs OneNote – Which One do You Need in 2019?

Evernote vs OneNote
Evernote vs OneNote

We have many apps to stay organised, finish tasks before the deadline, help others in their tasks, shop without forgetting stuff etc. With the help of note-taking apps, everything looks so simple, but is the service you are using enough for you? There are many apps out there for iPhone and for Android, but the best ones stay on the top. The article covers the two note-taking applications Evernote and OneNote. Which one is the best? Let’s find out in Evernote vs OneNote 2019 battle.

The comparison is divided into two major rounds (Desktop and Mobile). Those two major rounds split into sub-rounds. Most of the rounds contain one point. After all the rounds we will see if it’s Evernote or Microsoft OneNote.

Desktop

The desktop comparison of Evernote vs OneNote will be quick as the core functionalities of both on each platform are the same.

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Evernote-vs-OneNote-Desktop – Click for full size

Evernote

Both support multiple platforms, but the major functionalities are mostly the same. The desktop Evernote app is available on Microsoft Store, and it’s is easy to use. Search is the strength of the app. You can search for notes, and it also searches for the text within the notes. To make searching more easier, you can add tags to each note. On the left, we have the notebooks, shortcuts, tags, trash, shared options. Next to the menu, we have notes and search notes options. Evernote comes with a powerful text menu where you can select fonts, font size, colour, bold, and all the basic tools. We get all the tools which a typical desktop app gets. The features of the Evernote desktop app are below.

  1. You can print notes.
  2. Evernote lets you send notes in an email.
  3. You can add hyperlinks to text.
  4. Duplicate notes option is there.

OneNote

Adopting Office tools, OneNote is a strong note making software available for desktop as well as online. On the left we have notebooks, and after that we have sections and then notes. The software comes with text tools including fonts, size, bold, underline, headings and all necessary tools. You can insert tables, files, pictures, online videos, links, audio from the insert menu. After the insert menu, we have the draw menu. The draw menu comes with pens, highlighters, shapes, ink shapes, undo, redo etc. We can share notes and read notifications. The search feature does the same thing as it does in Evernote.

OneNote assistant is another feature to look for because you can search for the thing you want, and the assistant does that for you. For example, type “add a table” and the assistant will open the table menu for you to select the rows and columns. OneNote looks prettier than Evernote on the desktop with its purple and white theme. Other features of OneNote desktop.

    1. You can add hyperlinks to the text.
    2. Draw on the page.
    3. Translate the text on a page.
    4. Add a sub-page in a page.
  1. Pin the page to the start menu.
  2. OneNote web is available if you don’t want to install the app.

Winner: A tough decision to make here. With lots of tools available for free, you don’t want to favour any service. OneNote comes with great tools and a web-based version. Score: Evernote: 0 and OneNote: 1.

Mobile

App storage

The storage both apps take is different, and it is essential to cover the difference. On Android, OneNote occupies 183 MB of storage while Evernote occupies 88.7 MB of storage. On the iPhone, OneNote takes 211 MB of storage, which is more than OneNote Android version. Evernote, on the other hand, takes 126 MB of storage of the iPhone.
Winner: The round goes to Evernote because it occupies less storage than OneNote. Score: Evernote: 1 and OneNote: 1.

Drive storage

Well, OneNote has the power of Office, and after creating your free account, you can upload up to 5GB of content on OneDrive. The free of Evernote gives you access to 60MB per month. You can’t upload over that limit. The paid plan gives you more storage.
Winner: These days, we have phones with over 500 GB storage. Drive storage is more important because we want everything on multiple devices. Score: Evernote: 1 and OneNote: 2.

Check out: Google Keep vs OneNote.

How both work

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Evernote-vs-OneNote-Interface

Using Evernote is easy. All the notes are on the screen when you open the app. There is a search button on the top with the menu to select notes, add notes to the home screen, sort notes, notes options, syncing, and settings. Taping on the + button opens notes menu, while to add a text note, tap on the + button two times. In the left menu, we have account details, notebooks, shared notes, photos, chat, trash menu, themes, options, settings, and explore Evernote. Evernote has a dark theme which looks cool.

OneNote, the other hand, is a little bit different. With OneNote, you get notebooks, sections and pages. In notebook you find sections, and in sections you find pages. When you open the app, notebooks are there. The search button is on the bottom with options to add sticky notes. Taping on the + button adds notebooks and same with sections and pages. On the top, we have options menu including sync all, badge, settings, feedback.
Winner: There is no comparison on how both work, but let’s give each one a point. Score: Evernote: 2 and OneNote: 3.

Tools

The most important section in Evernote vs OneNote mobile comparison is tools and freedom to add stuff to the notes. On mobile, Evernote supports text, images, audio, camera, photos, attachments, reminders, and handwriting. As you go, the note size keeps getting bigger. The intelligent camera is something to note because it can help you take photos of business cards, documents, and whiteboards. The camera adopts the power of AI to crop the photo and only save the important part.
You can add all the notes types on a single note. Evernote adds everything on the same page, but everything is in a separate component. Another notable feature of Evernote is templates. Unlike OneNote, you can start with any of the pre-made templates.

Moving to OneNote, you can add text, images, voice recording, checkboxes, attach files, and draw. A noticeable feature of OneNote is adding everything in the same space. You can draw on text, images, recording or add text on the drawing. OneNote also adds all the things you put on the single page and as you keep adding stuff. Another tool is the OneNote badge which adds a circle on the screen as we see with Messenger.

Pricing

Evernote

Evernote-Plan-Comparison
Evernote-Plan-Comparison

Let’s talk about pricing. Evernote comes in two plans. The free one is called Basic, and the paid one is called premium. The image compares the prices for Evernote. In the basic version, the features are:

  • Connect your account to two devices.
  • You can upload 60 MB of notes each month.
  • Maximum note size is 25 MB.
  • You get general support.
  • Evernote Premium comes with more templates.

In the paid version we get more features:

  • You can connect unlimited devices with Evernote Premium plan.
  • Evernote lets you upload 10 GB storage every month.
  • You can write up to 200 MB of notes.
  • Notes are available even you are offline.
  • You can search in Docs and PDFs.
  • With Evernote Premium, you get enhanced support.

The price for the premium is $9.99/month on the monthly plan, while $7.50/month on an annual contract. There used to a middle plan called Evernote Plus, perfect for students and people who are not into making notes but want to be ready all the time, but that one is no longer available.

OneNote

OneNote is a free note-taking app. It lets you do everything for free. You also get OneDrive storage when you sign up, and there is no uploading and note size limit. You can also connect to as many devices as you want. OneNote lets you save notes on OneDrive so you can access them anywhere. You can also purchase the extra storage on OneDrive, but there is no cost of using OneNote.
Winner: Free stuff is the best stuff. Both apps are available for free so let’s tie this round. Score: Evernote: 4 and OneNote: 4.

Check out: Microsoft Launcher Review.

Other features comparison

Some of the handy features are essential to cover in Evernote vs OneNote because those prove what companies have improved in their services to attract new users.

Evernote

  1. Dark theme is available for free.
  2. Reminders to remind you of tasks.
  3. Add-note notification is visible all the time (you can disable that feature).

OneNote

  1. OneNote badge is available, which helps you make notes anytime easily.
  2. Completely free. Get all the features for free with OneNote.
  3. You can add sticky notes easily.

Evernote vs OneNote video comparison

Here is a quick video comparing both on a mobile phone. The video covers the essential features and helps in clearing your mind by presenting the comparison visually.

Which one do you need?

If you want to stay up to date with new tools, then Evernote is your place, while if you want the ease of use and free tools, then Microsoft OneNote is a perfect choice.

In conclusion

Here is the final score of the comparison Evernote: 4 and OneNote: 4. Oh, well! Both got the same points. Being prepared for instant moments is essential. It’s always good practice to see which one is better before starting a new service. I hope the article Evernote vs OneNote helped. Which one do you use for notes? Share your experience with everyone visiting, and let me know if I’m missing anything so, I can improve this article.

Image information: The images used in this comparison are the icons and screenshots. These are the company’s properties. Last edited by Madhsudhan on 15/Oct/2019.

Google Keep vs Evernote – Comparison of Note Making Services 2019

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Google-Keep-vs-Evernote

Comparison of Google Keep and Evernote is one of the terms over a thousand people look for every month. Google Keep available on multiple platforms is one of the easiest ways to make a note, while Evernote is advanced and tools to take your notes on a high level. The article covers the ultimate fight of Google Keep vs Evernote.

Platforms

Google Keep and Evernote are available on multiple platforms, but the major division works between the desktop and the mobile.

  1. General moto.
  2. Web/desktop.
  3. Mobile.

General motto

Both have the same motto, and both do a good job. With Google Keep, we can make notes, checklists, record audio, draw, and add an image. Google Keep was initially released in 2013, and Evernote was released in 2008 on the web.

Google Keep is available on the desktop as a web-based version, for Chrome, iOS, and Android. Evernote is available as a web-based version, a desktop app, extensions for browsers, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

The notes you add are saved on the drive and you get 15GB of storage online with your Google account. Evernote gives nothing to a little storage. You can upload 60MB worth of notes every month.

Google Keep vs Evernote – Web

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Google-Keep-and-Evernote-Web

Both are available as a web client where you can instantly create, edit, and delete notes. Evernote web has almost all account-related features including devices, notebooks, shares and other account details. Keep, on the other hand, comes with the basic interface and account settings.

Google Keep is entirely free, and anyone can access their notes on any device. You can draw as well as type, but the service keeps both separately. Keep is powered by Google’s search, and it finds the text in the notes to give you the prominent results. You can add reminders and add users to work.

Moving to the features, Evernote also comes as a desktop application for free. The second feature is the templates. You can start making notes with the help of templates including planning, budget, meeting, gift tracker etc. templates available for free. Evernote can make all types of notes which Keep supports, and it can do a bit more than Keep.

Intelligent search is also something to consider as it searches in the notes to give you what you want. You can print notes, make reminders, add users to contribute, send notes in an email, add hyperlinks to the text, duplicate notes in Evernote with one tap.

Round 01 results: Google Keep is a tool making it easier for everyone to write and share on-the-go, but on the ladder, it doesn’t go high as Evernote. Both come with free features, but being a full-time note-making and improving the company, Evernote has done a pretty impressive job. The winner for this round is Evernote.

Google Keep vs Evernote – Mobile

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Google-Keep-and-Evernote-Mobile

Interface

In Google Keep vs Evernote, mobile covers the major section. On the left hand, we have Keep. When you open the app, you see the notes. The search bar is on the top with account information and view settings. To add a note, we tap on the bottom. On the bottom right, we have options to add other kinds of notes. On the top left, we have the settings menu where you can find reminders, labels, archives, deleted notes, and other settings. To delete a note simply hold and find the option on the top right.

In Evernote, the search and filter view buttons on the top right with the upgrade option. You see all the notes when you open the app. You also have an option to add more notebooks. On the bottom right, you can add notes. Touching the button lists the types of notes you can make. On the top left, there is a settings option where you’ll be able to see the account details along with plan info, notebooks, share, chat, themes, and other options. To multi-select the note you can hold on a note and then select as many as you want. The delete and archive options are on the top.

Check out: Evernote vs OneNote.

App storage

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Keep-vs-Evernote-Storage

Keep only occupies 28.35MB of size against Evernote which occupies 74.13MB of storage on Android. On iOS, Google Keep takes 94.9MB of space while Evernote takes 130.5 MB of storage, and again, the first one got the point.

Score so far: Keep: 01. Evernote: 0.

Evernote premium

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Evernote-Plan-Comparison

This section has nothing to with Google Keep. The above image shows the Evernote plans. The free one is called basic, while the premium one is for $9.9/m on a monthly plan and $7.5/m on a yearly plan. You get features including unlimited devices, extra upload limit, increased note size, offline mode, search in PDFs and docs, and enhanced support in the premium plan.

Keep vs Evernote all features comparison

Here is the list of both services benefits with added points.

  1. You can work on as many devices as you want. Keep: 02.
  2. 15GB of free storage. keep: 03.
  3. Add templates to the notes. Evernote: 01.
  4. Chat with collaborates in Evernote. Evernote 02:
  5. You can add links to the text in Evernote. Evernote: 03.
  6. Change the colour of the note in Keep. Keep: 04.
  7. Evernote comes with an intelligent camera which scans the business cards quickly. Evernote: 04.
  8. Both come with an intelligent search. Tie.
  9. Evernote supports more note types including audio, attachment, and others. Evernote: 05.
  10. Both have a dark theme option. Tie.
  11. Add notebooks. Evernote 06.
  12. Available on many devices than Keep. Evernote 07.

Results

Evernote won the desktop battle with 1 point, while it also won the mobile phone battle leaving Keep behind. Final mobile results are Google Keep: 04 and Evernote: 07. The winner of this battle is Evernote. Keep needs new features to come back and tackle, but for now, we can close this battle.

In conclusion

There are over 8.9 billion unique mobile connections in the world. Yes! You read that right. With that many mobile phones, we can imagine how it would be being the ultimate note-taking app. The end of Google Keep vs Evernote is here. I hope you found the article helpful. Please share, comment, and advice if anything is missing from this post.

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Image information: Google keep icon is created by Stratos Stratos under Creative Commons and Attribution ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0). Post last updated by Madhsudhan on 17th of July 2019.

Google Play Music vs Spotify – Best Music Platform in 2019

Google Play Music vs Spotify
Google Play Music vs Spotify

Love listening to music? Many services provide free music. If you are looking for a luxurious ride, you would think about Google Play Music, Spotify, or Apple Music. Over 10 thousand people search for Google Play Music vs Spotify just on Google and people should be looking for the comparison because they are about to spend money.

Google Play Music and Spotify are old enough for a battle and looking that, in this article, I’ll be focusing on the comparison of Google Play Music and Spotify. We will see all the same and the unique features of both the platforms and compare both apps on an Android device.

Google Play Music vs Spotify

Table of contents

    1. Details
    2. Platforms.
    3. Number of Songs.
    4. Android & iOS.
    5. Free vs Premium.
    6. Pricing.
    7. Results.

Details

Google Play Music is an online audio streaming service by Google. The services started in November 2011. Currently, Google Play Music is home to over 40 million songs and is available in 63 countries in which the United Kingdom was among the first countries to get the service.

Spotify, on the other hand, is a Swedish audio streaming platform launched in October 2007 and has over 40 million songs and currently, it is available in 79 countries.

Google Play Music vs Spotify Search Trend
Google Play Music vs Spotify Search Trend

For the past five years, Spotify has consistently been a hot search term as compared to Google Play Music because of a number of the facts including Spotify is older than Google Play Music and available in more countries than Google Play Music.

Platforms

PlatformGoogle Play MusicSpotify
iOS✔️✔️
Android✔️✔️
Windows Phone✔️
Desktop✔️
Web✔️

With the rise of the mobile phone, other devices have not vanished. Platforms are one of the sections of Google Play Music vs Spotify. Google Play Music is available on iOS, Android as an app while on Windows and macOS accessible on the web browser. Spotify is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows, and macOS.
Check out: Top 10 must-have Android Apps in 2019.

Number of Songs

Both platforms support over 40 million songs as of Feb 2019.

AppNumber of songs
SpotifyOver 40 million
Google Play MusicOver 40 million

Android & iOS app

Cutting to the chase, we are not going to cover every little detail in this Google Play Music vs Spotify because the mission for the both is the same. Let’s see some of the unique features both apps provide.

Google Play Music

Google Play Music Identify What's Playing
Google Play Music Identify What’s Playing

The app comes with a sleep timer available in the settings. You can activate the timer to turn off the app. You can detect what song is playing by tapping on the search button and taping on the first option. It identifies the song currently playing and shows you on the screen. The problem with this feature is it does not start when you tap. It shows you the message “Could not identify what’s playing. Try again”. You have to touch on that music icon to identify.

Another feature is the Top Chart which is available in the left menu. The window shows the top 100 songs around the globe. Google Play Music allows you to upload 100,000 songs and play them on any of the supported devices. Other than that, we have stations where we can select the music on mood and activity like driving and dancing etc. The search window is filled with details. It shows the artists, albums, radios, playlists, songs and YouTube video songs related to the searched song.

Spotify

Spotify Lyrics By GENIUS
Spotify Lyrics By GENIUS

This app also comes with some of the unique features. The first one is lyrics by Genius visible below the song as you play. The panel is not just for lyrics; it shows the facts and story behind the song. It’s not available for all the songs, but you can expect for most of the songs. You can add songs to the queue by tapping on add queue in the menu. The queue is a temporary playlist you can enjoy.

Another feature is called share activity available in the settings. If you are an artist, then you can share the music you listen with your followers to increase fan following. Also, an option for a private session is available when you want to listen in private. If you use Waze then you can connect Spotify to play music instantly while navigating. My Library screen shows all your playlists, artists and downloaded songs. You can also find podcasts in the podcasts menu.

Check out: Google Keep vs OneNote.

Free vs Premium

Moving on to the next chapter in Google Play Music vs Spotify, we have free vs premium features. Both services in some way allow free content. Google Play Music lets you upload your songs and listen to them on other devices. The limit is 100,000 songs per account.

Meanwhile, Spotify lets you only shuffle play the songs. You can search for a song and shuffle play, and it’s the luck when it’s time for your song. You will also experience audio ads on Spotify.

Pricing

Google Play Music vs Spotify Pricing
Google Play Music vs Spotify Pricing

The pricing for both is the same. For US$9.99/month you can enjoy the music for free on any of the supported devices. The family plan price is also the same at US$14.99/month. Up to six users can enjoy free music. Spotify has a couple more pricing plans. If you are a student, then you can get the same individual plan for $4.99/month. The discount is available in limited states at the moment. Meanwhile, there is another one called Spotify for Business which we will not be covered in this article. Google Play Music also comes with a student plan available in limited countries.

Check out: Sygic vs Google Maps.

Results

It’s never easy to pick one when all the companies provide the same thing at the same cost. The unique features switch the table. This is the end of the article Google Play Music vs Spotify. I hope the article helped you find the perfect music platform. Let me know what do you think of both in the comments below so we can discuss more.

ExpressVPN Test – LTE, Location, and Download Tests (2019)

ExpressVPN Review, Download, Upload and Torrent Speed Test

There are a few VPN clients which have the potential to provide security and performance at the same time. The article is about ExpressVPN. We are going to review and take a few tests on ExpressVPN. We will connect VPN to different regions and then check if it changes our location and then we will test the download and upload speed and finally torrent test. The article is the ultimate review for Express VPN.

ExpressVPN review and features

ExpressVPN Review
ExpressVPN Review

It supports a vast number of servers — a unique feature available is Smart Location which connects to the nearest server. Meanwhile, if you want to choose a server, then tap on the Servers options. You can see the recommended servers by ExpressVPN or tap on All Locations to see all the available servers. It comes with two VPN protocols. The first one is UDP which is the best combination of speed and security, and the second one is TCP. You can also tap on Automatic if you want fate to decide. You can find these options in the settings menu.

Why should you try ExpressVPN?

256-bit encryption

ExpressVPN uses 256-bit encryption. Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) comes in different key strengths: 126, 192, and 256. 256-bit encryption is a highly powerful AES, and it is widely used on major websites. ExpressVPN uses 256-bit encryption which is very hard for a typical hacker to hack. The protocol changes unsecure VPN connection to a highly secured one.

Unlimited bandwidth

ExpreeVPN comes with unlimited bandwidth which means you can stream and download full HD videos. Looking at the fact that ExpressVPN is only paid everyone would expect it to provide unlimited bandwidth.

Left panel menu

On each platform, ExpressVPN comes with the same and different options. We are testing ExpressVPN on Android, so I’ll mention the settings available on Android. In the left panel, we can change the settings including protocol, language, set up other devices and log out while the alternative settings include start ExpressVPN on startup, get 30 days free, improve ExpressVPN and a couple more.

ExpressVPN review, download, upload and torrent speed video

The video shows what you need to know about ExpressVPN. Continue to the rest of the article.

Availability

ExpressVPN is available for Windows, iPhone & iPad, BlackBerry, Apple TV, PlayStation, Linux, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, Xbox, Chromebook, Nook, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV as an extension for Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

It also supports Router which means after setting up you can secure all the devices connected to that router. By default, you can connect up to three devices, but you can connect as many as you want using the ExpressVPN for the router.

Check out: UFO VPN Review (Android).

Location test

Let’s see if ExpressVPN changes our location. After connecting to a server in the United States here are the results.

UFO VPN Location Test
UFO VPN Location Test

ExpressVPN does an excellent job of hiding you. Test results: Passed.

ExpressVPN download and upload speed test

The speed test is essential and ExpressVPN review comes with this test. Before we finish, we still have two tests to take. Let’s move to the second test which is the speed test. Both tests were conducted at the same time at the same location. The left one is the LTE while the right one is LTE + ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN Download and Upload test
ExpressVPN Download and Upload test

We can surely say there is a difference in speed. We lost about 57Mbps download, and 9 Mbps upload speed. Although ExpressVPN’s speed on LTE is excellent, there might be more different in Wi-Fi. Test results: Passed.

ExpressVPN torrent test

Let’s move to the final test in ExpressVPN review which is the torrent speed test. Many people are concerned whether it can download torrent at high speed. I’ll go with Smart Location so it can get the maximum speed. I’ll test ExpressVPN on Popcorn Time because it quickly starts downloading if the video is popular. In the test, I found positive results. On my LTE connection, the downloading began in a few seconds. Test results: Passed.

Pricing

ExpressVPN comes in three different plans.

  1. For $12 you can enjoy ExpressVPN for a month.
  2.  For six months you pay $60.
  3. The most popular is the annual plan for $100. You will get three months extra (15 months in total) on this plan.

Get ExpressVPN annual plan here.

In conclusion

There is no doubt that ExpressVPN is a fantastic VPN client, but as my brain works, I think ExpressVPN is the best. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this Express VPN review and download speed article. Do you use any VPN clients? Tell us about your experience in the comments so everyone can decide quickly.

Free Popcorn Time VPN for PC and Android in 2019

Popcorn Time on PC
Popcorn Time on PC

The article is all about the best Popcorn Time VPN on each platform. When you have a free software equivalent to Netflix, then no can’t say no. Popcorn Time is a great tool, but the downloading technology it uses is torrenting. Developers consider torrenting as not safe. When you torrent, you seed which means you are letting everyone know that I’m sitting right here downloading content from the internet. The article will explain the best Popcorn Time VPN on PC and Android.

Popcorn Time while downloading consumes the maximum speed possible and some of the VPN clients can’t support high speed downloading or if they do then only the paid versions. The article explains the top free VPN client for Popcorn Time which allows high speed downloading. First, we will enclose the best Popcorn Time VPN on PC and then on Android. Before we begin, let’s find out what VPN and torrenting is? In simple English.

What is torrenting

Torrent Example
Torrent Example

A file-sharing system based on peer-to-peer (P2P) technology. The technology allows people to share files. There is no limit on how many people can join. The more people join the speed they get. In simple words, a torrent cuts a big file into small pieces and rather than only you downloading everyone is sharing that file. Things go wrong when you torrent. The torrent file you download always keeps track of who is downloading which part of that file and what is the download location, which hackers use to steal your data. The software like BitTorrent and uTorrent are famous for downloading torrents from the internet.

What is VPN

What is VPN Example
What is VPN Example

The virtual private network is an encrypted protocol. VPN adds an extra layer of security on your network. In simple English, VPN encrypts all the data you send from your computer. While torrenting you download and upload which means you send the data. A user should not be worried about other users, but hackers are looking for these kinds of people all the time. The first thing a VPN client does is changing your location and IP Address to the country you select. The second thing it does is encrypt your data so the other users can’t read. When VPN is enabled, even your service provider can’t track you down.

Check out: Safe Watch – Secure Video Player Review, Features, and Tests.

Free Popcorn Time VPN for PC

UltraSurf

UltraSurf 19.02
UltraSurf 19.02

An old friend who has supported me a lot. UltraSurf is a free ad-free VPN client for PC and Android. It comes with some amazing tools. You don’t need to install the software on the PC, and it is only 3.4 MB. When you open the software, it connects to the best server by default. Once connected it shows the IP Address with a message “Successfully connected to server!”. You can also change the server by clicking on one of the other servers. The options menu comes with options including HotKeys, history, port, proxy settings etc. When started it opens a web page called “UltraSurf Top Stories” for advertising purposes. Another great feature is when you exit it asks to close the browsers before closing software. UltraSurf is one of the top Popcorn Time VPNs. Check out the software in-action.

The down point of UltraSurf is, it does not support specific country servers. It shows only three different servers while it automatically connects with the high speed one. Download UltraSurf now and enjoy ad-free for Popcorn Time VPN. UltraSurf is also available on Android, but unfortunately, it could not support Popcorn Time’s download speed requirements.

Check out: Popcorn Time Review.

Free Popcorn Time VPN for Android

Tested many VPN client apps on Android and hardly found one. A VPN with unlimited bandwidth and high speed is hard to find. Let’s see the best Android VPN client for Popcorn Time.

Free VPN Unlimited – Best Fastest VPN Hotspot!

Free VPN Unlimited - Best Fastest VPN Hotspot
Free VPN Unlimited – Best Fastest VPN Hotspot

The only VPN client available for free for Android is Free VPN Unlimited – Best Fastest VPN Hotspot!. The app comes with many servers to select. A great thing about the app is a message on the start-up which is the information on how to connect for torrenting purposes. The interface is straightforward to follow. On the top right, we have an option to re-download the server list and refresh the app. The left panel comes with options including premium promotion, share, rate us, FAQ and settings.

What is Free VPN Unlimited – Best Fastest VPN Hotspot! premium and what features it provides?

The premium version of Unlimited VPN costs $3.92 per month if you select 12 months plan. The premium version gives access to worldwide servers, more faster connection, quick customer support and no ads.

Other than the premium promotion you can change the settings in the Settings menu. It allows automatic switching of servers if a server is not responding, connect on start-up and favourite country server. You will have to play with the app a bit to find the optimal server as it depends on your location as well as internet connection speed.

In conclusion

Saving money is essential, and when you have access to hundreds of movies and TV shows for free, then it’s entertainment unlimited. I hope the article helped you find the perfect VPN client for Popcorn Time. Do you use any other Popcorn Time software? Please share with us so we can update the article.

Adobe Photoshop Tutorial for Beginners – Step By Step Tutorial

Adobe Photoshop Tutorial for Beginners
Adobe Photoshop Tutorial for Beginners

The article is about a step-by-step Photoshop tutorial for beginners. Photoshop is a powerful tool but confusing at the same time. You may want to start using Adobe Photoshop but not sure where to start or think you might do something wrong. If you don’t have Photoshop yet, then get onto the 30-day free trial that is downloadable from their website. The trial version will give you some time to have a play and explore all the fun and amazing things it can do. If you find it’s not your thing, or you find it too difficult then as it was only a trial, there are no strings attached. This article will give you the basics to get you started using Adobe Photoshop and a step-by-step Adobe Photoshop tutorial.

Adobe Photoshop Tutorial Video

iVideo is one of the easiest ways to learn Photoshop. The video covers the basics of Photoshop. The video covers most of the tools mentioned here, but for up to date information, I’ll recommend watching the video, and reading the article too.

The Photoshop Tools

Adobe Photoshop has a group of tools, just like anyone with a hobby will have. The toolbar in the photoshop is long and narrow and found on the left side. These tools are what you will need to paint, erase, draw and plenty of other cool things.

The first thing is the basics of what you would find in the toolbar. You can break the tool down into sections or categories if you like. Breaking into categories is suitable for beginners to help you find the tool you need. Once you have familiarized yourself with the tools, you can create shortcuts for them which will help in speeding up the process when you are working in photoshop.

Toolbar - Photoshop Tutorial
Toolbar – Photoshop Tutorial

How to use the tools

If you want to select a tool, click on the tool icon in the toolbox. If you hover your mouse over a tool icon in the toolbar, you will see a tooltip that will appear and then shows you the name of that tool and what the keyboard shortcut is. Once you understand the tools and what they do, it is best to learn the shortcuts to speed up your work. Some shortcuts are simple like Z for zoom and E for the eraser. A shortcut merely means you press the shortcut letter on your keyboard. Tool keyboard shortcuts enable you to change your tools without taking your hands from the keyboard.

Different column toolbar

The toolbar is one long column by default. You can make it shorter, into a double column by merely going to the double arrows at the top and clicking. If you wish to change back to a single column, you only have to click it, again.

Two Column Toolbar - Adobe Photoshop
Two Column Toolbar – Adobe Photoshop

Accessing the hidden tools

There are so many tools in photoshop than what we can see at first.  When you see a little arrow on the bottom of an icon, it means there are hidden tools there. These tools are accessed by clicking on the tool icon and holding it. As you are holding it, you will get a set of tools to appear that show all the hidden tools for the one item.

Hidden Tools - Adobe Photoshop
Hidden Tools – Adobe Photoshop

The menu bar

File Toolbar - Adobe Photoshop
Menu Bar – Adobe Photoshop

Along the top of the photoshop screen, you will see a menu bar. The Menu Bar is where you will find options and commands all arranged into groups.

File

Starting we have the File toolbar”. In this Photoshop tutorial, we will cover all the most common tools. The File Menu is used similarly to how you would in other programs. You go here to make new files, save files, print a project or open an existing file.

Check out: Adobe Photoshop Express Full Tutorial.

Edit

The edit menu is for editing. You can edit objects on the page, from the menu or shortcuts. You can undo or redo actions and even cut and paste from the same place. The shortcuts for the keyboard are found here it is good to get familiar with these for later on. In the edit part, you can search for specific text and even replace the text with something different using the find and replace button.

Image

In the image, the section is where you can change the mode of your project to grayscale, multichannel, duotone and plenty more. In the adjustment, the section is where you can get access to the tools used for changing the brightness, exposure, contrast, saturation and the colour balance. There are a few automatic tools here where you can improve the way the image looks without needing to go into specific tools. You have the options of auto tone, auto colour and auto contrast.

Layer

In the layer menu, you can see where all the manipulation tools are hiding. You can create new layers, delete, rename the layer and duplicate existing ones.

Filter

The filters are where you can get into tools such as the brush stroke, sketch, texture, distort and other special filters. Located directly in the filter menu is where you will find the blur filter, render, pixelate, and sharpen tools.

The right side panels

Photoshop comes with right side panels and covering those in Photoshop tutorial for beginners is essential. On the right side of the interface is where you can find what are called panels. The panels give you access to commands and options. You will see there are different panels for all the various tasks. The main board you need to be familiar with is the layer panel. The layer panel where you can delete, add and work within the layers of the document.

Right Side Panels - Adobe Photoshop
Right Side Panels – Adobe Photoshop

How to panel groups

If you want to save some space on your screen, then you can put panels together that are similar. Each panel has a tab which displays the names of the sections. The panel that is currently open will appear brighter than the rest. There are also tabs on the right with the layers tab one is paths, and the other is Channels. These are other panels that are among the layer panel but within the same group.

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More Panels in Photoshop

You will see only a small number of panels are displayed. There are more there to discover which you can find under the window menu that is located in the menu bar.

The Search Bar

The search bar gives you access to finding tools and commands in photoshop, which is an excellent tool for beginners. It also offers tutorials. To use this feature, you click the magnifying glass that you will find in the upper right corner side. You need to search for your term by typing it in. The search bar will then expand, showing you the results of the search. Below the search term, you will see a menu that will allow you to limit the type of results that you are seeing. As a default setting all is selected, but you can change this by restricting the results to Photoshop tools, commands or panels.

How to crop in photoshop

You must know of this tool to get started with Photoshop. When you crop, you are changing the number of pixels that are in the image by cropping away the surrounding area. In the photo editor, you can crop an image using the Crop tool or command.

Crop Tool - Adobe Photoshop
Crop Tool – Adobe Photoshop

To crop an image, follow these steps:

  • Choose the crop tool from the panel, or you can press the keyboard shortcut C.
  • Take the cursor to the point of the image where the corner of the image will be and then click the left side of your mouse.
  • Then move your mouse diagonally while keeping the mouse button pushed down.

There is another feature that isn’t used as commonly, which is the crop tool used for adding more canvas space all around your image, which can be used space for a decorative border.

To do this, follow these instructions:
First, open the image you want to add space too. Set the background colour to default by pressing the keyboard shortcut D. Then go on and press control and minus to zoom out then press the shortcut F. This will allow you to see the grey area that surrounds your picture.
Press the letter c to switch over to the crop tool then you can drag a cropping border out to any size. Now grab a side of the corner point and start to drag outside of the image area heading into the grey area. The cropped area that the border extends out to is the area that will become the extra canvas space. Press the enter key to complete the crop where you will find the canvas area has now turned white.

Zooming in and out of an image

You can find the zoom level in two spots. The first one is up in the document tab above your image. The second you can find is in the bottom left side corner of your document window. As you can see the zoom in the picture below is sitting at 25%.

Zooming In and Out - Adobe Photoshop
Zooming In and Out – Adobe Photoshop

How to change the Zoom Level

You may wonder why your zoom information is seen in two different places. The zoom level that you can see in the document tab is for information purposes. You can’t change the zoom level from there. You can change the zoom level by the bottom left corner. If you want to zoom into an image at 50% then to change this level, you need to highlight the current level then enter in the new percentage. You don’t need to include the per cent symbol as photoshop will include this itself.

Keeping the Zoom Level box in sight

Complex things can happen any time, and it is vital that you know what is going on. That’s why I have covered if you face any troubles while using Photoshop in this step-by-step Photoshop for beginners tutorial. Sometimes you can run into a problem when you press enter to complete your new value you may notice your input box has lost focus. A special trick to avoid this is simply holding down the shift key and press enter to accept the amount you entered. You will notice the zoom level has remained highlighted. This is good for when you want to try out a new size without completely changing it and not liking it.

Continuous Zoom

There is another way to use the zoom tool, and that is the continuous zoom. You must choose the zoom tool from the keyboard shortcut or the toolbar. You then click on the spot where you want to zoom in while keeping your mouse button down. Photoshop will continuously zoom inwards until you stop holding the mouse button down. Vice versa you hold your alt key down, so you can zoom out continuously until you let go of the button.

The Scroll Bars

This is how you can scroll your image left, right up or down. It works much the same way as the scroll bar on a normal word document. The scroll bars are found along the right side of the window and the bottom.

Using the Scroll Wheel

You can also scroll your image by using the scroll wheel found on your mouse. To move the image up scroll the mouse wheel up and the same for going downward, you simply scroll down. By using the keyboard, you can scroll by pressing down and holding the ctrl button scrolling down to go to the right and move it up to move to the left.

Magic Wand Tool

Magic Wand Tool - Adobe Photoshop
Magic Wand Tool – Adobe Photoshop

This tool is ideal for the times when you are working with a background that is a solid colour or something like a clear blue sky. This tool is used to change backgrounds. Once you have selected the tool from the toolbar, you then click on the area of the image you want to select. You need to toggle the add to selection part from the icon of the two squares in the top bar. This will let you move forward with changing the colours and tones of the image you have selected.

Final words

Photoshop can seem daunting when you first start, but once you have mastered what each tool is for and get to know the keyboard shortcuts, you will find it is not that hard to navigate around and complete projects. There is so much you can do in photoshop, and it will all come to you once you start playing around it with. You can delete blemishes on faces, change looks or hair colours, you can even place your photo somewhere else around the world.

Adobe Photoshop is around 28 years old, and it still impresses people with everything that one program can do when it comes to image manipulation. I hope the article step-by-step Photoshop tutorial for beginners helped. Have you started using Photoshop? Or already, master? Please share us some tips so everyone can get benefits. The article was last updated by Madhsudhan on 31/Aug/2019.

4 Ways to Fix Hotspot Shield “Something Went Wrong” Error on PC

Hotspot Shield Error
Hotspot Shield Error

4 ways to fix “something went wrong!” problem in Hotspot Shield. Hotspot Shield is one of the popular VPN software available to download for free. The software is available for desktops and mobile phones. The free version shows ads while you browse but the full version does not, and you can select any region from over twenty regions available. With every software, there are issues, and Hotspot Shield has one. The message which pops up when you start Hotspot Shield “Something went wrong!”. The bottom line might be different depending on the version and the error, but for most of these errors there are four solutions, and I’ll explain both solutions in this article with images and a video. If you are interested in video, then scroll down the end to find the video otherwise, follow the article.

Method 01 – Ending cms_srv.exe task

The first and easiest way is to end the task in Task Manager. Follow the steps below to fix the issue.

Step 01

Right Click on Task Bar and open the Task Manager. You can also open the task manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete at the same time. Go to Details and search for “cmw_srv.exe”. You can press C to find the tasks starting with C. Anyway if you find the task then continue otherwise, go to method 2. Once found right-click on the task and you’ll see the menu something like below.

cmw_srv.exe Menu - Task Manager
cmw_srv.exe Menu – Task Manager

Step 02

Click on End Task and a pop up will come on the screen. Click on “End Process” and close Task Manager. Try opening Hotspot Shield and hopefully the error will not come again.

cmw_srv.exe End Task
cmw_srv.exe End Task

Method 02 – Stopping and starting the service hshld

hshld is a service by Hotspot Shield. You can see “Hotspot Shield Service” in the description menu. For any reason, if you could not find cme_srv.exe or the above method did not work, then this would work. I always fix the issue with this method.

Step 01

Open Task Manager by right-clicking on Task Bar. This time we will go to the Services tab. In the Services tab to make life easier click on Name column to sort the services alphabetically. Press H key to finding hshld service. It would look something like the below image.

Hotspot Shield hshld
Hotspot Shield hshld

Step 02

To fix “something went wrong error we have to stop the service (if running) and then start it again. To do that, we must right click on the service and click on “Stop” if already on start and click on “Start” if already on stop. You must start the service again after stopping it.

Hotspot Shield hshld Stop Start Service
Hotspot Shield hshld Stop-Start Service

Method 03 – Restarting PC

The third one is a straightforward method. Try restarting the PC. In most of the cases, one of the above fixes the issue, but if not then there might be some issue with your PC. Try restarting the PC. Close Hotspot Shield and try rebooting. If it worked then excellent otherwise, a tip might get it to work is clicking on “start on startup” in the Hotspot Shield settings menu and try restarting your PC.
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Method 04 – Reinstalling Hotspot Shield

If restarting the PC did not work then try uninstalling Hotspot Shield. Reinstalling is our last hope, and it will not take enough time to do that. Follow the steps to successfully reinstall Hotspot Shield.

Step 01 – Checklist

  1. Before doing anything make sure you have your account details saved or remembered if you are using the Elite version.
  2. Go to the website to download Hotspot Shield. Make sure to download the original software from the download page.
  3. Open Control Panel. You can search the Control Panel in the search bar on Windows 10. Select “Category” on the top right corner and then click on “Uninstall a program”.

You will see something like below image. Find Hotspot Shield.

Hotspot Shield - Control Panel
Hotspot Shield – Control Panel

Step 02 – Uninstalling

Right or double click on Hotspot Shield to uninstall and follow the steps to uninstall the software.

Step 03 – Installing

Once done, open the downloaded Hotspot Shield and try opening. Hopefully reinstalling would fix the issue.

If none of the above methods worked then, the version might not be the best for your PC, or there might be a different issue. You can contact their team with all the details, and hopefully, they would be able to fix that for you.

Hotspot Shield “Something went wrong!” YouTube video

If you still can’t fix the issue, then here is a video.

Final words

I hope the article helped. Please put the comments below if any of the methods worked so everyone can get benefits.

Grammarly Review – A Complete Review of Grammarly Free and Premium

An Image of Grammarly official Logo
Grammarly Logo

In this scientific world, we always find helpful tools to make our life easier. In this review, I’ll be exploring the Grammarly writing assistant. A tool which changed people’s writing habits. Grammarly teaches us how to write professionally.

From simple mistakes like “your vs. you’re”, “there vs. they’re, “subject-verb agreement errors” to missing comma, even a professional writer can make mistakes because of their carelessness.

Over a million search queries happen on Google for Grammarly every month. In this review, I’m going to explore the Grammarly world.  I’ll write everything about Grammarly from my experience. We will also see how Grammarly can improve our English and at the same time how it can save us from getting punished or banned in the online world. The article is the ultimate review of Grammarly.

Grammarly review

Details

The company released the tool in 2009, and since then the company is on a mission to make Grammarly the number one writing assistant. You will need continuous internet and an email address to start typing. The basic checker checks for spelling and limited grammar mistakes, while premium checker checks your content against over 400 grammar rules. You can write in four versions of English. It supports American, Australian, British and Canadian English.

In the beginning, Grammarly was just a web-based tool where users can create an account and start writing. It could check your writing and spelling mistakes and give you the recommendations. The company then thought about expanding the tool as extensions for browsers and Microsoft Office and then an app for mobile phones. Today we have an online editor, a desktop app, an extension for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge, a beta extension for Google Docs released in late 2018, an add-in for Microsoft Word and an app for iOS and Android.

Today Grammarly has 15 million active users who find the mistakes every day. There is no doubt that Grammarly is an important part of professional life, and with machine learning and artificial intelligence who does not want to use a grammar tool?

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Is it beneficial for you?

Generally, it is beneficial for everyone. Specifically, Grammarly is useful for those who work in the professional environment, whose English is the second language, who are studying, bloggers, publishers and others who write a lot.

Grammarly Free vs Premium

You don’t need to pay anything for Grammarly free. The free tool only checks grammar and spelling mistakes. While premium tool checks for grammar, spelling, punctuation, context and sentence structure mistakes. It suggests vocabulary enhancement, checks genre-specific writing styles and detects plagiarism. The problem with Grammarly Premium is you can’t try for free. If you even want to use for a day, then you will have to get a plan.

On each platform and tool, the rules for free and premium are the same. Grammarly has an advanced editor where you can review advanced grammatical mistakes. I hope you now know the difference between Grammarly free and premium; we are going to review Grammarly premium as it would help you understand the limitations of Grammarly clearly.

Premium Plan

The premium plan comes with three different payment options. If you want to give it a try the premium, then the monthly plan which costs $29.95/month would be the best. The quarterly plan cost 19.98/month while the annual plan costs 11.66/month.

Online Editor and Desktop app

Image Showing Grammarly Online Editor (Premium) with Assistant
Grammarly Online Editor with Assistant

The basic idea of the online editor is typing, and it would automatically save to your account. The online editor would be the most advanced version of Grammarly. The online editor comes with an assistant which helps you get things done.

Image Showing Goals Menu on Online Editor
Grammarly Assistant Goals

Grammarly online editor categorises the mistakes in grammar, punctuation, conciseness, confidence, variety and vocabulary. By default, the plagiarism is disabled, but you can enable it by clicking on the button. The assistant can work as you want. The option “Set/Update Goals” specify your needs. You can select the intent, audience, style, emotion, and domain of the document. The editor will readily adapt the goals and then recheck the document. You can also check or uncheck if you want Grammarly to set goals for each new document. There an option to upload Microsoft Word document on the editor and after uploading you can continue working. You can download the document as a .txt extension but, unfortunately, there is no way to save Grammarly document as .docs (Microsoft Word).

The documents are saved in the database, and you can access them on Grammarly website and Grammarly desktop app. The desktop app is like the online editor. The good thing is you don’t need to open the web browser and go to the website. The app saves your account details, and you can access all the documents and edit them right away.

Extension for browsers

Grammarly Extension Menu on Chrome
Grammarly Extension for Chrome

The extensions do the same thing, but you can write on thousands of websites. The extension is highly beneficial for Gmail, WordPress, Blogger and your educational site. With the extension, you can see word’s meaning and synonyms by double-clicking on the word on most of the websites. When the extension is on, it disables the browser’s error and spells checking feature. You can review basic errors in the text field, but for premium mistakes and plagiarism, you can find the option to open the premium editor on the bottom of the text field.

The beta version for Google Docs works like the same, but it is only available for premium users. According to Grammarly Blog, the browser extension can also work with Google Docs, but users wanted a tool which can fully support Google Docs. All the mistakes highlighted in red. Premium users can send feedback.

Problems with the browser extension

I have been using Grammarly premium for over eight months, and I have found a few issues which I think would be good to mention. The first problem I encounter is the premium editor might change the settings and style for the typed text. For example, on WordPress, if I check “Open the link in a new tab” on the link text, and then open the advanced editor, it unchecks that option for all the texts with links, and to fix it, I have to go to settings for each text and recheck the option.
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Android and iOS keyboard App

Some Written Text on Android Using Grammarly Keyboard
Grammarly Keyboard App on Android

The keyboard app is still new, but it does the same thing as the editor. As compared to other keyboard apps, it lacks features like words suggestions, themes, languages and flow typing. As you type, it checks for errors and shows the mistake above the keyboard. You can tap on the correct word to fix, or you can tap on the green button to activate the advanced error checking tool. The advanced error checking tool shows each error one by one, and you can tap on the correct word to fix the mistake.

Regarding the tool, it comes with a light and a dark theme. It supports auto-correction, auto capitalisation, disable space period and contact name suggestions settings. You don’t need an account for the basic check with the keyboard, but for the premium checker, you must sign-in.

Problems with the app

The problem I usually face with the keyboard app is, even the internet is connected it displays “the internet is required”. The message goes away after 30 seconds, but no one likes to wait for 30 seconds. Another problem with keyboards apps is they do not support plagiarism checking. You can save the document and check on your PC, or if your browser supports desktop version, then you can go to My Grammarly and then review the text.

Plagiarism

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Another Grammarly’s feature is checking for plagiarism. Grammarly checks your text on over 8 billion web pages. Plagiarism is one of the dangerous practices in the world. From search engines to universities, no one likes plagiarised content. The feature is only available in the premium version.

In conclusion

Being a blogger and being English my second language, Grammarly helps me write my posts as well as my assignments. From the online editor to phone apps, Grammarly is part of my life. The best thing about Grammarly is you don’t need to pay anything. That’s is the end of Grammarly premium review. I hope the article helped. Do you use any grammar tool? If so, please share your experience with us so everyone can benefit.

Image info: The images used in this article are the screenshots of the original tool. A screenshot is the copyright of the developer. Please contact me if any questions.