I think I am a decent writer. Granted, I do better at "free thought" blog-style than I do at formal paper writing. I am just not a formal person. When I got the chance to try StyleWriter 4, I figured it might give me some tips on improving my writing.
It turns out that StyleWriter kinda hates my writing. I copied one of my previous blog posts to my computer's clipboard and tossed it into StyleWriter. From what I can tell, you can't really do a copy/paste. You copy the text you want to use then you open StyleWriter and, BAM, there it is. Very weird. There also wasn't a way to directly type the text into the program. I would think it would do better as a sort of smart word processor but maybe this works for people.
StyleWriter 4 told me that I use a lot of "glue words." It seems that they consider adjectives and adverbs to be "glue words" and that these are terrible things. I think it makes my writing more personable and easy to read. It does give ideas on how to rewrite your work but I didn't think their rewrites worked with my style.
There are three different versions of StyleWriter. The Starter Edition is for students and people on a budget. The Standard Edition has some advanced editing techniques. The Professional Edition is aimed at lawyers, journalists, and other academic writers. I'm fairly sure that my version was the Starter Edition. This version is extremely basic. You will get notes if you use a homonym incorrectly but I don't think you will get any amazing editing from it.
If you would like to give StyleWriter 4 a try, they are offering a free trial of the software. You can download that here: www.editorsoftware.com/stylewriter. Let me know if you think it is a useful tool or complete garbage. I'd love to know what other people think about it.