comparing multiple word documents
Thread poster: mike316
Jul 13, 2012

Hello,

I am a freelance translator. Sometimes, people give me multiple documents to translate, but these documents are largely identical. for example, this past week I was supposed to translate 4 legal agreements. Most of the paragraphs were the same, except some things were different. I found it very frustrating trying to compare the documents by hand and figuring out the actual word count (obviously, client shouldn't have to pay 4 times for a paragraph that is the same across all documents).
I am wondering if there is a free software that I can plug these documents into and figure out the actual word count. By actual, I mean only things that are not identical should be counted.
I know Trados does this, but I dont have the money to buy it.
Is there any other software that does this?


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Didier Briel  Identity Verified
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OmegaT Jul 14, 2012

mike316 wrote:
I am a freelance translator. Sometimes, people give me multiple documents to translate, but these documents are largely identical. for example, this past week I was supposed to translate 4 legal agreements. Most of the paragraphs were the same, except some things were different. I found it very frustrating trying to compare the documents by hand and figuring out the actual word count (obviously, client shouldn't have to pay 4 times for a paragraph that is the same across all documents).
I am wondering if there is a free software that I can plug these documents into and figure out the actual word count. By actual, I mean only things that are not identical should be counted.
I know Trados does this, but I dont have the money to buy it.
Is there any other software that does this?

OmegaT is free software, and gives you that kind of statistics.
http://www.omegat.org

It doesn't load legacy Word documents (*.doc) but it loads the 2007/2010 format (*.docx). Alternatively, you can convert the old Word documents with OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice, which are also free software.

Didier


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The LT>EN Guy  Identity Verified
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Additionally, Jul 14, 2012

You could also use the 'Compare' function in Word itself to see what the differences are, thus eliminating the possibility of missing something.

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