In the age of the information superhighway, it’s easy to steal someone else’s work, either in whole or in part. There are two basic ways to check on plagiarized work. One is complicated but free. The other is simple but has a nominal price tag.
Both work perfectly right on your Mac.
Who Is Stealing Your Stuff?
Through the years Mac360 has published thousands of Mac app reviews. In whole or in part, some of those reviews show up on other web sites without attribution.
Since 2004 we’ve issued a few dozen requests to various thievery sites to cease and desist using our copyrighted material.
How did we find out someone was stealing our stuff? A few alert readers sent in links. We also developed a somewhat automated search of Google using a few sentences from each of our reviews.
That method works but needs to be done regularly, and with a growing list of reviews, requires extra effort on our part.
If only there was a Mac app that could search for plagiarized material. That’s exactly what Novus Scan does. It’s a plagiarism checker.
On the surface, what Novus Scan does is simple.
It checks to see if anyone else is using what you create. Create a database of your work. Then Novus Scan scans online to find matches.
As much as we might like an app that checks every online document in the world, Novus Scan doesn’t do that.
You create the database of documents, and Novus Scan checks to see which ones are similar. So, it’s a great app for teachers and schools, but not for students.
Teachers can you use it to determine similarities in term or research papers. Writers can use it to ensure they’re not using the same researched information or phrases from one project to another.
Matching phrases have to be at least eight words long. It imports text, Word documents, HTML, and PDF documents.
Searches are fast, simple, and completely offline so there’s no danger of uploading material that could be copied by someone else.
The price tag is nominal, considering the value. And it takes effort to create a database of documents. We only wish it would also scan the internet for plagiarized documents.