How valuable is Practicount (word counting / invoicing)? And MetaTexis?
Thread poster: Marijke Mayer

Marijke Mayer  Identity Verified
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Aug 27, 2002

Hello colleagues,

I am just wondering if anybody had any experience with the word counting and invoicing part of this free software program (with the purchase of the Platinum membership this month). The reason I ask as it appears to me to be just as simple to use the Word count and then use an Excel formula to calculate the price, which is what I am doing now.

Since I am asking one question, I might as well ask your experience how Metataxis compares to Trados.

Thanks in advance,


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Angelica Portales  Identity Verified
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Practicount saves time Aug 27, 2002

Hi Marijke,

If you have frequent projects involving more than one file, I\'d recommend using a tool as Practicount since it counts words from file batches instead of doing it manually on individual files.

I also find it very useful for generating file inventories for projects (which you can output to Excel or Word), since it counts words not only from Word files (including text boxes, which MSWord count fails to do) but also Excel, PowerPoint and HTML files. Also, it is very customizable (you can specify pricing per word, custom page, custom line or characters). So far, my only complaint is that currency options don\'t include Mexican pesos.

I was using FreeBudget (freeware) and liked it a lot, but it only works with .doc, .rtf, .txt and .wps files. There is also WebBudget for html and other tagged formats, but it\'s more expensive than Practicount. I guess it all depends on your specific needs.



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John Moran  Identity Verified
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I downloaded practicount as I was looking for a way of batch counting ppt files. It is pretty good but what I didn\'t like was that there was no option to use the count when you click on File|Properties|Statistics which is what clients use, so it is not much good to me.

If anyone knows of a tool or macro that handles ppt files it would be nice to hear from you.

Also, it hours ages to go do 20 ppt files but that could have been because of the files and it is not really a problem. On the plus side, it does have alot of wordcount options (hyphenation etc) and the UI is well though out but for the moment I\'m sticking to Traodos.



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Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
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Interesting observations, John Sep 17, 2002

I just let Practicount count 34 PPT files (totalling 25.778 words - about 122,000 kB) and it took Practicount exactly 4 minutes and 48 seconds to complete the total count and deliver a Word document with all specs.

This may be a bit long, especially when you\'re used to speed of light applications, but I\'m quite happy with that.

The properties function would indeed be helpful.

Other than that, I\'ll stick to Practicount and Trans Suite

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