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Lais Lewicki
Brazil
Local time: 05:48
English to Portuguese
Jul 13, 2018

Hi!

I often get asked to translate updated versions of contracts and agreements, so I need a good tool to compare PDFs without needing to convert them to word files first.

I know that Workshare Compare does that beautifully, but it does not count how many new words there are in the document.

Does anyone know a PDF comparison tool that does so?

Counting the new words in a document faster would help me give my clients an accurate quotation on the
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Hi!

I often get asked to translate updated versions of contracts and agreements, so I need a good tool to compare PDFs without needing to convert them to word files first.

I know that Workshare Compare does that beautifully, but it does not count how many new words there are in the document.

Does anyone know a PDF comparison tool that does so?

Counting the new words in a document faster would help me give my clients an accurate quotation on the work. As I would only have to translate those words.

Thanks in advance!

Lais
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Andriy Yasharov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 11:48
Member (2008)
English to Russian
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ABBYY Comparator Jul 13, 2018

Hi,

I have not tried ABBYY Comparator yet but they say: "Fast, accurate and automatic, Comparator identifies and alerts you to any relevant changes in text — even if comparing two versions of the same document across different file formats".

You can check it out at www.abbyy.com/en-us/comparator


 

VIP9N
Local time: 11:48
Russian to English
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Workshare Compare first, and then delete irrelevant Jul 16, 2018

Lais Lewicki wrote:
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I know that Workshare Compare does that beautifully, but it does not count how many new words there are in the document...
Lais


Hi Lais,

I use Workshare Compare for these purposes. And compare what it can compare, not only pdfs.
When the comparison is completed, I simply save it as a Word-file. Then I open it in Word, go to Find & Replace and start deleting "unnecessary" fonts, i.e. black (unchanged text), red (deleted text) and green (relocated text, RGB 0, 192, 0). I choose the required font colour and replace it with nothing.

As a result, I have pages of dark blue colour text (a new or added text), which I then count and tell the client an approximate number of text to translate.

This method is rather accurate, but not over-precise. For example, Word does not delete black footnotes, but usually the number of their characters either too insignificant, or you can remove them manually.

This is how I do it.

Good luck.


 

Lais Lewicki
Brazil
Local time: 05:48
English to Portuguese
TOPIC STARTER
Thanks for the tip Jul 18, 2018

Andriy Yasharov wrote:

Hi,

I have not tried ABBYY Comparator yet but they say: "Fast, accurate and automatic, Comparator identifies and alerts you to any relevant changes in text — even if comparing two versions of the same document across different file formats".

You can check it out at www.abbyy.com/en-us/comparator


Thanks for the tip! I will try Abbyy's software!


 

Lais Lewicki
Brazil
Local time: 05:48
English to Portuguese
TOPIC STARTER
Thanks! Jul 18, 2018

VIP9N wrote:

Lais Lewicki wrote:
...
I know that Workshare Compare does that beautifully, but it does not count how many new words there are in the document...
Lais


Hi Lais,

I use Workshare Compare for these purposes. And compare what it can compare, not only pdfs.
When the comparison is completed, I simply save it as a Word-file. Then I open it in Word, go to Find & Replace and start deleting "unnecessary" fonts, i.e. black (unchanged text), red (deleted text) and green (relocated text, RGB 0, 192, 0). I choose the required font colour and replace it with nothing.

As a result, I have pages of dark blue colour text (a new or added text), which I then count and tell the client an approximate number of text to translate.

This method is rather accurate, but not over-precise. For example, Word does not delete black footnotes, but usually the number of their characters either too insignificant, or you can remove them manually.

This is how I do it.

Good luck.


Thanks! I will try your method, unless there's another software that does this in the market, this seems like the quickest and easiest way!


 

Lais Lewicki
Brazil
Local time: 05:48
English to Portuguese
TOPIC STARTER
Abbyy Comparator not available in my region Jul 18, 2018

Andriy Yasharov wrote:

Hi,

I have not tried ABBYY Comparator yet but they say: "Fast, accurate and automatic, Comparator identifies and alerts you to any relevant changes in text — even if comparing two versions of the same document across different file formats".

You can check it out at www.abbyy.com/en-us/comparator


So, Abbyy Comparator is not available in my region (Brazil). Thanks for the tip anyway!


 


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