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Wordcount differences between Word and Trados
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aivars  Identity Verified
Argentina
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Jul 8, 2003

I'm looking for a fast way to count the words in 117 Word files. I may do this brute force,i.e. opening every single file and using the Word count feature in Word, but it will be too tiring. Do you know whether Trados has a feature that allows counting many files at a time? The one I found, "Analyze" in Workbench somehow counts fewer words than the wordcount feature in Word. (I don't understand why this is happening). Thanks for your comments.

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Using Outlook! Jul 8, 2003

If you use Outlook, you can go to 'other shortcuts' then go to the directory where all your files are. Then right click on the column headings and select 'Field chooser'. Select 'All file fields', then select Words and drag it to the top of the column. The number of words for each file is then displayed.

Not sure I explained this very well, but hopefully you can see what I mean!

What this method doesn't do is output the results or add them up, but you can't have everything!

The alternative is to go for PractiCount, which would also do the job very well.


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Patricia Posadas  Identity Verified
Spain
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statistics Jul 8, 2003

Hi,

If you need Word wordcount you need to do it with Word... Practicount and Word don't give the same results.

You can do as Mary suggests or else right click on each document, click on properties and then Statistics. The number of words, lines etc. appears there.

HTH


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RWSTranslation
Germany
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Word counts wrong Jul 8, 2003

Hello,

Word often counts wrong numer of words, because hidden chars an text frames, .. are count incorroct. All version of word counts different numbers of words.

Hans


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Pablo Villadangos  Identity Verified
Spain
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Thanks for the tip!! Jul 8, 2003

Thank you very much, Mary for this useful hint. I didn't know it, but it saves you a lot of time!! Great, i'll keep at hand it for the future.

As for the word count differences, Trados only counts the words it considers "translatable", and for example, numbers are not. So, usually, the Trados word count is a bit lower than Word's count. If you accepts Trados as an instrument, you have to take this into account to calculate your fees.

Kind regards

Mary Richards wrote:

If you use Outlook, you can go to 'other shortcuts' then go to the directory where all your files are. Then right click on the column headings and select 'Field chooser'. Select 'All file fields', then select Words and drag it to the top of the column. The number of words for each file is then displayed.

Not sure I explained this very well, but hopefully you can see what I mean!

What this method doesn't do is output the results or add them up, but you can't have everything!

The alternative is to go for PractiCount, which would also do the job very well.



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aivars  Identity Verified
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Mary your tip rocks! Jul 8, 2003

Thanks Mary for your excellent option.

As for Word, my versions is supposed to count just words, and not untranslatables.

Now think of this scenario:
You charge your customer by his Trados count (lower + the discounts for repetitions and such). You pay your translators by their Word count (higher + without deducting repetitions, some don't even have Trados) You get paid in 4 months, but you pay your translators by the month...Only a bank can make it.


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David Daduč
Czech Republic
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+Tools Jul 8, 2003

aivars wrote:

I'm looking for a fast way to count the words in 117 Word files. I may do this brute force,i.e. opening every single file and using the Word count feature in Word


There is a freeware tool from Yves Champollion, the developer of Wordfast. It's called +Tools (see www.champollion.net)

You can do many things with +Tools but one of them is exactly this brute force word count - it will open one document after another and display a report at the end (individual results and the total).


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