What is Antidote?
Antidote is the best and the latest in software designed specifically to help students with their writing assignments by including a comprehensive spell checker, an on-board French dictionary, a sophisticated thesaurus, and grammar and syntax guidelines. Antidote goes well beyond the capacities of Microsoft’s French spell-checker.
Where can I find it?
There are two copies of Antidote, installed on computers #1, #4, #6 and #8 in Williams College’s Language Lab.
How can I use Antidote?
1. Prepare your text
Make sure you have your text ready on a separate document.
2. Launch Antidote
Once you have your text ready, go ahead and launch Antidote. Locate the Antidote icon in Dock (at the bottom of your screen) and click on it.
If you cannot find the Antidote icon on your Dock, use the search function on the top right corner of your screen. Type in “Antidote 10” in the search bar and click on the option with the Antidote icon.
3. Navigating Antidote
Once you successfully launch Antidote, you should get a tab like the one shown below. Navigate to the top left corner of your Mac and hover over “File”.
In the drop menu, click on “New”.
This will open up a new Antidote file titled “Untitled”. This is where you will paste your French text.
4. Plugging in the text
Once you have successfully opened a new Antidote file, revisit your French text document. Use the COMMAND + A shortcut or manually select to highlight your text. Right-click on the highlighted text and press “Copy” (or use the COMMAND + C) on the drop-down menu.
Once you have copied the text, hover back to the Antidote file and right-click on the text box. In the drop-down menu, select “Paste” (or COMMAND + V).
5. Running a grammar check
Once your text is in the Antidote file, navigate your mouse to the green checkmark at the top left corner of the file.
Press on the green checkmark. This will “launch the corrector.” Once you do, a new Antidote tab will open up with corrections and suggestions.