What is the "best" word counting tool in your experience
Thread poster: Lightnlife

Lightnlife
Bolivia
Local time: 02:11
Spanish to English
+ ...
Sep 29, 2015

Looking at purchasing a word counting software and would like to hear opinions regarding what translators feel is the best or better word counting tool from the ones that are available today.

 

Vadim Kadyrov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 09:11
Member (2011)
English to Russian
+ ...
FineCount Sep 29, 2015

the best one.

 

Kevin Dias
Local time: 15:11
SITE STAFF
Reasons for differences among tools Sep 29, 2015

While I don't have a recommendation for a "best" word counting tool, I have done some research (and released an open source tool) into what causes differences in words counts between different tools.

Common word count gray areas include:
-Ellipses
-Hyperlinks
-Contractions
-Hyphenated Words
-Dates
-Numbers
-Numbered Lists
-XML and HTML tags
-Forward slashes and backslashes
-Punctuation
-Headers
-Footers
-Hidden Text specific to Microsoft Word

For details on how common word count tools (Microsoft Word, Pages, wc(Unix)) handle these gray areas, please see these charts.

Kevin


 

Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 08:11
Member (2003)
German to Dutch
+ ...
Count Anything Sep 30, 2015

I've been using Count Anything for years now. It's free, fast and easy to use. It accepts many file formats, doesn't miss anything and doesn't try to be smarter than Microsoft Word, the tool most of my clients use to check my counts.

http://ginstrom.com/CountAnything/

If counting with Count Anything isn't possible, I use SDL Trados Studio 2014.

Cheers,
Gerard


 

Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 08:11
English to German
+ ...
TextCount 6.1 Sep 30, 2015

That's what I am using after having tried some others. See http://textcount.de

 


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:


You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

What is the "best" word counting tool in your experience

Advanced search







Anycount & Translation Office 3000
Translation Office 3000

Translation Office 3000 is an advanced accounting tool for freelance translators and small agencies. TO3000 easily and seamlessly integrates with the business life of professional freelance translators.

More info »
Déjà Vu X3
Try it, Love it

Find out why Déjà Vu is today the most flexible, customizable and user-friendly tool on the market. See the brand new features in action: *Completely redesigned user interface *Live Preview *Inline spell checking *Inline

More info »



Forums
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search