Word Count from a PDF file
Thread poster: Zarin Jamal

Zarin Jamal
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Oct 9, 2010

Can anybody tell me how to take a word count from PDF file.

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Trinh Do  Identity Verified
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Word count in PDF Oct 9, 2010

Either you use Anycount which counts the no. of words in editable PDF files or copy and paste to word to get the final count (Review > Wordcount). Anycount is very affordable and sometimes has a discount to Proz.com members.

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Wolfgang Jörissen  Identity Verified
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OCR it Oct 9, 2010

I usually scan it (personally, I use Abbyy Fine Reader), export it into a Word document and have the words counted there.

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Filipa Braga
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Download a free OCR software Oct 9, 2010

You could download a free OCR software like Abbyy FineReader, for example. Then you can convert PDF to word and just do your word count normally.
I find Abbyy FineReader a great tool with a big level of accuracy.


Good luck!

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Antoní­n Otáhal
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Abbyy Fine Reader Oct 9, 2010

(1) An OCR soklution is necessary if the pdf is "image", but probably preferable even if it is a "text" one (unless the structure is really simple).

(2) Well, I personally prefer Fine Reader but I don’t think it is free. At least I have been paying for all the upgrades since version 6 or so...


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Eduardo García Soñanes
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Count Anything Oct 9, 2010

Count Anything is a free tool. You can get the word count from MS Office files, OpenOffice files, PDFs, HTML, etc.

You can download it from http://ginstrom.com/CountAnything/

Hope this helps

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