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Can anyone compare Spellex to Stedman's and

Posted By: new job on 2006-11-01
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tell me which they think is better and why.   I've always used Stedman's but DOS-based.  Changing jobs and now need something Windows-based. 

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I get the Stedman's and then upgrade it every year. Others prefer Spellex. nm
Right. Can't compare the two. Just like you can't compare clinic and doc office work to acute
Spellex has a Medical/Pharmaceutical Spell Checker called Spellex-Anywhere
Spellex has a Medical/Pharmaceutical Spell Checker. The program is called Spellex-Anywhere they have a free trial on there website so you can try if before you buy. I hope this helps :).

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Stedman's Med Dictionary and Stedman's Med Spell checker are two different programs. Which on

do you have?  If it is the medical dictionary, as far as I know it is only a reference software and can't be used as a spell checker.

If you have the spell checker, go into Word.  Click on Tools, Options, and then Spelling & Grammar tab.  Then click on the Custom Dictionaries button about half way down the window.  This will open a new window that lists your available dictionaries and one should be checked.  Mine is checked next CUSTOM.DIC (DEFAULT).  There is an ADD button to the right.  If you click it, you will be able to browse for your custom dictionary. 

Hope that helps.

I have only used Stedman's. What are some differences in Dorland's and Stedman's?
The best way to compare the two is...sm
open a document you have type and count it in a 65-cpl versus a gross line count....any counting program can be set to count in gross lines.  Personally, I count my lines in Word Perfect.  It has a line counting feature where you can tell it not to count blank lines and then you just multiply by what you are getting paid by the line.  You come out much better on the gross line count.
I don't think you want to compare yourself to Yente
Busybody supreme! 
You must compare your documents..
with MS-Word Word Count, which is the standard. MS-Word count tool is used by FlashCount.

In case of any problem, feel free to ask.

Compare it to a 'regular' job . . .
I tried one of those plans that swore up and down that it wasn't a multi-level marketing program, it was just "direct marketing" to your circle of influence.  It cost me money to join (does a regular job?) and while I didn't stockpile stuff in my garage, I did have a quota that I needed to personally purchase every month in order to stay an "active member".  Part of my $60/month that I spent actually went into the pockets of the 7 people above me.  If I achieved the next level (certain number of individuals below me) my quota for the month would double.  I would go to your state's Attorney General's website and search for pyramid scheme/ponzi/etc . . .  Having to spend $120 a month to make money, especially when you can alienate a bunch of your friends in the process seems a little too much to pay . . . just my 2 cents . . . best of luck whatever your decision.
Compare old documents

Look at some of your old documents and see what your gross line is and then see what they would have been paid if you had been using a 65 cpl.   In word you can do that.  Now some software will count double character for capitalization, bold, underline, tabs are counted, indent and count spaces.   So that will also make a difference.  When one of my accounts was using Sylcount we always counted that way.  I do not think that there is a simple chart to use and since your documents could be very personalized with formatting, i.e. indenting lines which makes a gross line smaller, to me it would be best to compare your specific documents rather than a generic table.    There are a lot of variables (how long is your gross line) and I don't think a comparison table could take that all into account.   But I would think I think an estimation has always been 30% less lines for cpl versus gross. 

how does 11/cpl IC compare to 8/cpl employee
are there pros and cons to both, and is it fair to say that it all weighs out about the same, considering what the IC has to pay in taxes, do they travel for their accounts, do they have any benefits, etc.?
Oh, I know. I wasn't trying to compare myself to anyone.
I was trying to figure out if this is even possible. I know when I did acute care I could never get 200 lph. Now I am on a clinic account and doing close to 300 lph. I just assumed I was at the max, so to see this post, it just made me wonder if it is possible to do more, not that I am going to strive to do more at this point. Right now if I go above 300, I am afraid my accuracy would suffer. I was just curious if there are others out there doing 400-500 consistently as these MTs are said to be doing. If there are, I would love to know some secrets! :D
You can't compare apples with
oranges as he had lost his job and who knows the real truth. Tragic loss of lives.

Suffice it to say, it's pretty scary out there these days with so much misery over job loss, home loss and no hope in sight. It's like the domino effect. It's all happened so fast and there is no stopping it. Certain people will act out. No doubt immigrants are much harder pressed in times such as these. Even doctors are suffering from this economy. Hard to believe but it is true.

There is no way you can compare security
Just some things to compare...
Example: If you type 1000 lines a day at 8 cents a line ($80 a day), minus 25% for taxes, you would have $300.00 a week clear. Assuming you do 200 lines an hour, 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, your pay would translate to $12.00 an hour.

IF you can maintain $12.00 an hour after taxes in an office job (sales job, at that), I don't know that the benefits offset the cost of keeping a wardrobe up, gas, meals out or items to take for your lunch, and child care, plus the hassle of being back out in the public.

To answer your question on how much income it would take for me to leave this field - Considering all the pros and cons, I personally could not afford to change careers. It would take an offer of double what I make now to make me even consider it, and there are NO jobs that pay that around here.

I wish you the best of luck with the decision.
I use Spellex
Spellex seems to have the most terms in it. I believe they have a trial on there website so you can try it before you buy it. I hope this helps!!!
Thanks Spellex, I just got notified I was a winner.  Thanks for showing us your support during MT week.  Happy MT week everyone.

I like this program. Very useful.
I would Try Spellex-Anywhere
I don't use Meditech but if it is just a text field I would try Spellex-Anywhere. They have a free trial on there website to try it before you buy. I hope this helps :)!
Spellex Anywhere
Update. I did download trial, but I could not get it to work right with Meditech.
Spellex for Me!!!!
I use Spellex and love it. I would recommend that you try out different spell checks to figure out which one you like the best. I believe they all have free trials. I hope this helps!!!!!
Perhaps OP is not new at all. How could you declare MQ the greatest with nothing to compare.

I suspect MQ has a lot of people positioned for damage control on the boards these days.  It was a stupid post that would be meaniningless to anyone but MQ damage control.  Watch and see what is coming down the road in the next six weeks with MQ and MTs.  That's why there is damage control in place and there will be for the next six months or until MQ is bought out.

Hard to compare lines from different
companies and different accounts.
Are you paid for spaces?
65 character lines?
What is percentage of ESL?
How large is the account?. Hard to get lines if you do not get the same dictator more than once a week.
Is the platform easy to work on?
Can you use an expander?
Do you have to enter demographics?
Is the account verbatim?

Can't compare autocorrect to an expander (sm)....
After 20 years as MT I found a word expander, and still mad that I went so long without one! I would not consider being without one today, it adds so much to my productivity. And an Expander does much more than autocorrect does, so I personally don't think they are even comparable. For example, you can make entries bold or italicized; you have no limit on how much text you put into each entry; and most importantly, your possible choices show up on the screen as you type letters, so you can be very specific in your use. Autocorrect does just that, it makes an automatic correction, and so quickly that you might not even realize something was changed/expanded. Expanders are not cheap, but to me they are as essential as a medical dictionary!
Does anybody use ShortKeys? How does it compare with ShortHand?

I tried ShortHand but I never could get it to work like AutoCorrect, which is what I prefer. I don't like to take my fingers off the home keys to hit "Alt" or "Ctrl" or whatever.

ShortKeys is okay, but it has some limitations. I just wondered if anyone had tried both and how they compare.


Would like to compare Meditech speed (see msg)
We home MTs have a much slower download/upload time than those working on site, and I'm trying to determine if there is something our IT department can do to speed it up for us. Since Meditech is so big with so many clients, I just can believe the rest of the country would work like we do.

What I would like to compare is:
After entering your patient information on the data entry page, how long after you hit the right arrow key to open your document for typing does it take before you are ready to type that document?

For me on the very best day it takes 20 seconds of staring at my screen before I can type, some times as much as 60 seconds.

Looking forward to comparing. TIA
Are you in a position to compare your progress SM
with others on your accounts? (If you work at home maybe invite them to email you through this site to discuss?) That's the only way to get a true picture of how you're doing so you can figure out how to fix this situation. Have a nice Thanksgiving tomorrow.
I'm done trying to compare apples to oranges. sm
You are free to go on beating the dead horse, however. Best wishes.
seriously, do not compare an hourly wage job with
Does anyone know how or if I can get my copy of spellex....sm

off of my old computer? I was able to get a free copy when I went to the VLC about two years ago. I never bought any of the updates...just kept using the one I had downloaded for free. I have since changed to a new computer, but cant seem to get that copy off of my old computer. I was never given a disk, just info to download it. I have a couple of small accouts that I am working on, but am not really in position to buy a whole new program, especially after I just dropped major money on an Windows XP!! Any help is greatly appreciated!! Do you think it is possible the VLC would "replace" it?

spellex is good
Yeah I have used spellex for awhile and its great!!!!! As far as the pedal it really depends on your setup and software that you are using. Hopefully that helps you out :)
I used to use Medispell but use spellex now!
Medispell didn't have the drug names i needed so i just bit the bullet and upgraded to spellex. It was a life saver.

Spellex test sm
I scored 90%, did not have my glasses on. The print was very small, I knew the correct answer, but read it wrong. Fun! (Be sure to wear your glasses.)
I use Spellex and Love it!!!!
I would try Spellex medical spell check. They have a trial on there website so you can see if its going to work for your version of word. I Hope this Helps!!!!!
I would try Spellex AccuCount
I would try AccuCount out and see if you will like it. I believe they have a free trial on the website for it(www.spellex.com). I use it and I believe it was $39. I hope this helps!! :)
I would check out Spellex
I know they offer a free trial on there website. I would try both of them out and see which one you like better. I hope this helps!!! :)
I use Spellex on my new computer and --sm
it is not slow, by any means. perhaps it is your computer. Word 97 is pretty much outdated by now. Anyway, I have tried Abacus as well, and Spellex gave me more lines consistently, than abacus did. but that is just my experience.
Has Anyone heard of Spellex?
Thanks for your suggestions. Does Steadman's have a free trial. I did a search on Google and came across a company called Spellex. I downloaded the free trial from there website and it seems to be great so far. I am just curious if anyone else uses it?
I had a lot of problems with Spellex on the
last update, misspelled words, etc. I currently use Stedman's.
I had trouble with Spellex when they sent
I have Used Spellex for Years
I have used Spellex for years. The Spell checker works in Word 2007. The line counter is another program. I am not familiar with the program you are talking about it. I know Spellex has free trials on there website so you can try it out before your buy. I hope this helps!
I have Vista and Spellex
You can use Spellex on Vista. When I upgraded to a new computer Spellex installed with no problems. I Hope This Helps!!!
Store chicken doesn't even compare (nm)
Just FYI, you should compare line count with another program (sm)
FlashCount gave me a much lower line count when I compared it to Abacus. I notified them about this and they never responded.
Fun topic: How do you compare with TV sitcom marriages???

Are you and your spouse more like.....................

A) Tim and Jill (Home Improvement)

B) Roseanne and Dan (Roseanne)

C) Howard and Marion (Happy Days)

D) AL and Peg (Married with Children)

E) Raymond and Debra (Everybody loves Raymond)

F) Steven and Elyse (Family Ties)

G) Other ____________

We are probably most like Tim and Jill but a little bit of Raymond and Debra thrown in. LOL.

Compare line count results


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One neat function in our new MPTools is Compare Line Count results. It asks you to specify a document, and shows you the results of its multiple line counting methods, including headers/footers and formatting codes. MPTools is available as a no obligation trial, so you can download it, install it, and check things out.


Pull up some documents and count them out each way to compare. nm
I use the Compare feature on the tools menu.
OMG- especially when they compare it to some kind of edible substance! *gag* nm
You need to know the program your company is using to count so you can compare.