Proofreading PDFs

PDF proofreading has become an increasingly popular service of ours over the years. Back in 2004 when I started Full Proof, it was mainly Word documents that customers emailed to me, but now it’s probably 40% Word docs and 40% PDFs (the remaining percentage being PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs and other file types). The ratio Read

Full Proof – a proud member of NetworkIN Congleton

Last year, I decided to focus, probably for the first time ever, on marketing Full Proof to my local town. First I added a listing to a Congleton business directory, then I decided to give local business networking a try. You could say that I’ve left this rather late as Full Proof was established in Read

Why is proofreading important after paraphrasing?

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty in which people represent others’ ideas or words as their own. There is no doubt that plagiarism can ruin your work and efforts in just a minute. In simple speak, it is the act of deceiving someone. However, one of the best ways to avoid it is to paraphrase, Read

Full Proof awarded Certificate of Excellence for second year in a row

The popular UK freelancer platform Bark have awarded Full Proof their Certificate of Excellence for the second consecutive year. Some very welcome news in what has been a tough year for everyone! According to Bark, the award aims to recognise the best professionals on the platform and those that offer an outstanding service to their Read

How to use Microsoft Word’s Track Changes tool

In a recent article we talked in detail about BSi proofeading marks and how they’re still used by many proofreaders and editors. While this is true, the majority of Full Proof’s customers are not familiar witih these symbols. Thankfully, Microsoft Word (and indeed Google Docs and other services) has a very helpful feature called Track Read

What is legal proofreading?

The world we live in, work in and play in could not exist without the network of laws that govern us. The building you are sitting in: building regulations and planning permission, rights of access, rights of ownership. The technology you are using: patents, licences, trademarks, terms, safety regulations and conditions of use. The clothes Read

Copywriting – tasty morsels or a blow-out meal?

Imagine this … it’s Sunday morning and you’ve just had a huge weekend breakfast. You’re basking in the gourmet delights of bacon, sausages, black pudding, beans … well you’ve got the picture, haven’t you?   Still sated from your hearty blow-out breakfast, you head off to visit your mum. As you know, all mums think Read

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The mark of a proofreader

In these days of digital editing, Google docs and MS Word’s Track Changes, it’s easy to think that traditional proofreading marks (or proof correction symbols) – those hieroglyphics that indicate corrections to the final proofs of a text before it goes to print – are a thing of the past. No-one uses the marks any Read

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What’s the difference between copy-editing and proofreading?

When a writer places the last full stop to their manuscript it may come after a long process and with great relief but, if the reader is to get the most from the work, it is always advisable to carry out a series of checks. Experienced authors often leave their completed manuscript for some days Read

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Spellcheck won’t save you

There are two common responses when I tell people I’m a freelance proofreader and copy-editor: ‘Oh, I’d be good at that; I always notice spelling mistakes’ or ‘Can’t you just run spellcheck?’ While the latter is the most eye-roll inducing, both are based on a misconception of what a proofreader or editor does all day. Read