Antidote for English speakers
Antidote is a complete set of software reference tools for writing French. Tools include an advanced grammar checker which corrects the whole text at once, an important collection of dictionaries, and an interactive compendium of grammar rules. Seamlessly integrated with major word processors and email programs, Antidote's tools are available instantaneously right from your text.
Can Antidote teach me French?
If you can already read French reasonably well, you can use dictionaries and guides to improve your skills. The grammar guides are particularly well written and organized: clear, concise and complete. If you can also write recognizable French, the grammar checker will help you correct and understand your mistakes. But beware, Antidote is not a language teaching program per se. It was designed first and foremost as a professional tool for native French speakers.
How fluent do I have to be for Antidote to be useful to me?
English speakers make typical mistakes when writing French. The most common ones are gender related (le/la crayon? le/la plume? un/une antidote?). Antidote corrects those in a flash. It will also correct numerous other mistakes (more than 1000 types in all!). However, in its current version, Antidote's grammar checker has not been tuned for beginners. We recommend an intermediate level of written French for good results. Again, such a restriction does not apply to the dictionaries and guides.
Are the interface and documentation bilingual?
No. The content is so vast and so deeply French that it made little sense translating any of it. Think of it as those language teachers who will speak only French to their pupils.
Will Antidote work with an English version of Windows/Mac OS/ Word/Outlook?
Yes. And other languages as well.
Will Druide be able to answer my questions in English?
Yes. We will gladly do so by email, fax or phone.
Dr. Jack Burston of Monash University, editor of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Journal, has written a very good review discussing the benefits of Antidote for French learners. You can read his paper on CALICO's Website.
Brown University recommends Antidote to its learners of French, rather enthusiastically so, we think. "Antidote is the best and the latest in software designed specifically to help students with their writing assignments by including a very complete spell checker, an on-board French dictionary, a sophisticated thesaurus as well as grammar and syntax guidelines. It goes well beyond the capacities of Microsoft French spell-check and we strongly suggest that you do not use any other tool when submitting a paper for a French class at Brown."
|Minimal specifications on Windows
x86/x86–64/AMD64, 900 Mhz
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Minimal specifications on Mac OS X
Intel (32 or 64 bits)
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Minimal specifications on Linux
x86/x86–64/AMD64, 900 Mhz
On Linux, Antidote integrates with
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