Word Count - PDF Document
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abufaraz
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Apr 11, 2006

I am not aware whether this has already been discussed here or not as I have joined the site only recently. Sorry fo duplication, if any.

Could some senior please guide me as to how:

1. I can count the words on a PDF document?

2. I can copy/ paste a portion from a pdf document to a Word doc?

Thanks in advance and regards to all.

aburiaz


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Stefanie Sendelbach  Identity Verified
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Previous threads Apr 11, 2006

Hi aburiaz,

Welcome to Proz.com

You can go to Community -> Forum search and type in "word count" and "PDF". There are lots of hits. For example:

- http://www.proz.com/post/303534
- http://www.proz.com/post/303457
- http://www.proz.com/post/291530

Good luck,
Stefanie


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Julie Allison  Identity Verified
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Copy and paste from a PDF doc Apr 11, 2006

Hi!
1. I hope someone will be able to show how we can count words on these documents. I still don't know. All I am aware of is software out there which can be bought to do this. Maybe someone will be able to advise on one of these software applications for counting words in PDF docs.

2. Copying and pasting from PDF files, I can do. There is a camera icon in the toolbar of your PDF/Adobe application when you have a PDF doc open. Click on this, then outline the section of text you want to copy. This appears to take a photographic image of this section.
Then in your Word doc, you just right click your mouse to "paste", where you want the text to be. This remains in this document as an image.

Hope this helps somewhat.


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Peter Linton  Identity Verified
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Counting words in PDF Apr 11, 2006

The answer to your first question lies in your second section. Convert the PDF file into editable format (eg DOC, RTF) and count the words there. There have been many previous discussions about software for doing this.

Check your editable version carefully against the PDF original, because there may be text held as graphics. I once received a PDF with 3 pages. The first and third were text, the second page was a graphics snapshot of the text originally on page 2. Therefore the words in the snapshot were not counted - but still had to be translated.


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Hello aburiaz Apr 11, 2006

What about the second part of your question, please see this article:
http://www.proz.com/doc/128

Natalia


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Pike  Identity Verified
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OK Apr 21, 2006

I'd say that the Translators' Abacus should solve part of your problem - free download of wordcount app @

http://www.globalrendering.com/download.html

As to the .pdf > txt/rtf/doc conversion, there's quite a few tools out there, some free, most of them just don't cut it... haven't had the... errr...time, lol to try out some of the rather expensive complex solutions, but Acrobat's paper capture sometimes does the trick, and if it doesn't, you should try Readiris Pro or some other OCR software...

Happy solution hunting!

[Edited at 2006-04-21 19:23]


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Dr. Francisco Guerrero  Identity Verified
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No, and some times Apr 24, 2006

aburiaz wrote:

I am not aware whether this has already been discussed here or not as I have joined the site only recently. Sorry fo duplication, if any.

Could some senior please guide me as to how:

1. I can count the words on a PDF document?

2. I can copy/ paste a portion from a pdf document to a Word doc?

Thanks in advance and regards to all.

aburiaz


1. Unfortunately PDF does not have a word count. What we do is to: select it, and copy it into MS Word, and go from there. 2. PDF lets you select and copy, UNLESS it's a SECURED format where the originator, or author DOES NOT want for anybody to copy in part or in whole the document. There are the two forms. Good question , though. Francisco


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William Gallagher  Identity Verified
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Translator's Abacus Apr 9, 2009

Pike's suggestion is a good one. I just downloaded Translator's Abacus, and it performed a word count of a .pdf file easily.

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aitteam
Ukraine
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automatic word count in pdf and images Jul 28, 2009

Hi,

AnyCount does automatic pdf word counts from version 4.0. And we have just released new version, which also does word counts in image file formats - BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF.

I hope this utility will serve you well as it already did to 5000 freelance translators worldwide. Feel free to suggest further ways to enhance it... after adding word count in images we have run out of ideas on how to make it even better))


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