Word count in PowerPoint
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Jana Teteris  Identity Verified
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Jul 17, 2003

I have to calculate the wordcount in a PowerPoint file, which contains a large number of charts/diagrams and textboxes. Does anyone have a reliable method for calculating the word count, without having to use Deja Vu or Acrobat? (I only found one previous thread on this subject......)
Many thanks.


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RWSTranslation
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PDF --> RTF Jul 17, 2003

Hello,

you can make a pdf and save the pdf as rtf file.

Hans


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Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
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Did you try Practicount? Jul 17, 2003

Practicount counts PDF files as well.
Try it at www.practiline.net

Good luck!


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Experience with Practicount? Jul 17, 2003

Another question, rather than an answer - sorry!

I've just looked at the link on the last posting and have seen that Practicount counts PPTs as well. Can anyone confirm whether it counts ALL text in PPTs, including text boxes?

Thanks

Ian


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trad500
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Powerpoint wordcount Jul 17, 2003

I recently had the same problem and here is what was suggested to me:
Open Microsoft Word, go in "File" and click on "open". Then, just highlight the powerpoint file. Then click on tool (top right of the icon), go into "properties", then "statistics", and you'll find the number of words.

Hope it helps...


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Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
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Powerpoint properties Jul 17, 2003

Hi:

Without opening the PowerPoint file, just select it and with a click on the right button of the mouse, open the panel. Select "properties", and clicking on the "Statistics tab", you'll see how many words are in the file.

Regards,

Clarisa


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xxxIanW
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Careful ... Jul 17, 2003

Yes, but be careful because the PowerPoint word-count doesn't pick up everything, for example it often ignores text boxes. Always check it manually as well.

Ian


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Jana Teteris  Identity Verified
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Result...... Jul 17, 2003

Thank you for your recommendations. I'm pleased to report that I got the same word count by using Practicount and also when simply right-clicking on the file icon and selecting 'properties'. (Although in an earlier thread, I do remember someone commenting that they got different wordcounts).

IAN - so that you know, Practicount gives you the option of including textboxes in the wordcount (check under 'settings').


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Pat Jenner
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alternatively Jul 25, 2003

If you already have the file open anyway, do the same thing by clicking on File, Properties, Statistics.

Clarisa Moraña wrote:

Hi:

Without opening the PowerPoint file, just select it and with a click on the right button of the mouse, open the panel. Select "properties", and clicking on the "Statistics tab", you'll see how many words are in the file.

Regards,

Clarisa


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xxxjmd  Identity Verified
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Differences in counting - Practicount - pdf > rtf Jul 27, 2003

In one of my recent PPT jobs, the difference between the (source) word count done in Practiline + the stats (right-click .ppt, statistics) versus a .pdf file saved as .rtf or .txt was 30%. The exported target source count was smaller than the .rtf source count by 10%, as I had expected (sometimes translations shrink in TL, yes). I think you really have to be careful about what method you'll agree on with your client or you can very easily shortchange yourself. In my view, inserting translation in boxes should be charged by the time it takes you to do that.

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xxxjmd  Identity Verified
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Word count in Powerpoint Jul 27, 2003

You don't need a full Acrobat package to turn your .ppt file into a .pdf file. Find a utility called "Cute PDF Printer" on the web, install it, set your choice of printers to Cute Pdf Printer, print ppt file and your're done. To export a text from the pdf, simply set view to Continuous, copy and paste into Word, or use the Access add-on for Acrobat 4.05 to export.

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