Counting words in a... PDF file?!
Thread poster: flaviofbg

flaviofbg
Spain
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Apr 17, 2004

Dear friends,

I am quite desperate. My clients will only pay per source word... and the source is a PDF file. Only thing we've been able to get from this is an RTF file which nearly eliminates all words with special format (italics, bold...) - thus making the wordcount useless.

Now, I need to know how to count source words in a trustworthy way or else I'll get mad

Any advices?

Thanks

Flavio


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Edwal Rospigliosi  Identity Verified
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FineReader Apr 17, 2004

You can use finereader or other OCR program to scan the document, keep all the format, and give an accurate wordcount.

Edwal


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Roberta Anderson  Identity Verified
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PDFCount Apr 17, 2004

PDFCount is a lovely little plug-in for Acrobat.
You can try it out for free for 15 days (http://www.pdfcount.com/trial.html), it might be just what you need now without too much effort.

HtH,
Roberta


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flaviofbg
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PDFCount... :( Apr 17, 2004

Roberta Anderson wrote:

PDFCount is a lovely little plug-in for Acrobat.
You can try it out for free for 15 days (http://www.pdfcount.com/trial.html), it might be just what you need now without too much effort.

HtH,
Roberta


Hi Roberta,

I tried it, but it says that my PDF has "subset embedded fonts" - and then gives me the same wordcount as the corrupted RTF file.

I am downloading FineReader (trial version), I hope it works... it's a huge program, argh!

Flavio


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Trudy Peters  Identity Verified
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Have you asked the client? Apr 17, 2004

Why don't you ask the client if they have a wordcount? They may have the file in another format or be otherwise able to provide a wordcount. How else would THEY know if your source count is accurate, unless they manually count the words?

Just a thought.

Trudy


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Ahmed Ismail  Identity Verified
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It is the client's job Apr 17, 2004

Mainly, it is the client's job..
They should find a away to do it, unless it is a lazy project manager who wants you to do his job.
You have two options:
If you or the client have Adobe Acrobat 5.0, convert the pdf file to rtf format...and then it is solved.
- You can try Total Assistant..it is a very good tool for the word count..


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flaviofbg
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Notes Apr 17, 2004

Ahem...

My client is the one who sent me the wordcount AND the RTF file, actually. I have contacted him, of course, but I am looking for a solution while waiting, so we save time.

I am trying Fine Reader right now, I hope I understand how to count words...



Flavio


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Valentina Pecchiar  Identity Verified
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Further benefit of FineReading a pdf Apr 17, 2004

Flavio Ferri Benedetti wrote:
I am downloading FineReader (trial version), I hope it works... it's a huge program, argh!


Cheer up! Time well spent!

It might have dawned on you already, but here it is.
Using FineReader you'll have a soft file you can translate using your favorite CAT, therefore making up for the time wasted downloading FineReader. As the Bard goes, Every cloud...


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flaviofbg
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FineReader worked! Apr 17, 2004

Yahooooo!

With FineReader I have been able to "read" all text blocks in my PDF file, copy and paste them in a Word file and count words! Whew, 9,383 against 8,640! Thank goodness I checked!

Love,
Flavio


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Edwal Rospigliosi  Identity Verified
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A great tool Apr 18, 2004

Flavio Ferri Benedetti wrote:

Yahooooo!

With FineReader I have been able to "read" all text blocks in my PDF file, copy and paste them in a Word file and count words! Whew, 9,383 against 8,640! Thank goodness I checked!

Love,
Flavio

Glad to hear that!

Edwal


[Edited at 2004-04-18 02:26]


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Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
Germany
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Finereader is good but... Apr 18, 2004

Attention! sometimes it make mistakes changing things like i to l, so you have to read the document carefully!

Regards
Toledo


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Oksana Kornitskaja  Identity Verified
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PractiCount Apr 19, 2004

quote]Flavio Ferri Benedetti wrote:
I am quite desperate. My clients will only pay per source word... and the source is a PDF file.

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What's the problem? Just count it with PractiCount.


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