Word/character count - PDF files
Thread poster: Debora Villa
Debora Villa
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Dec 22, 2005

Please forgive my ignorance but I don't seem to be able to perform a Word/character count on PDF files. COuld anyone help me?

TIA


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Sarah Downing  Identity Verified
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Practicount or Anycount etc. Dec 22, 2005

Hi DV1,

Practicount or another count program, e.g. Anycount, should help you to do a wordcount of a pdf - as far as I'm aware, there is no way of doing it within Acrobat itself, unless Version 6.0 has a new feature.

You can download most of these programs for a trial period, but they are worth buying because they save a lot of time when counting tricky formats such as Powerpoint, html, pdfs and you often need these counts to make a quote.
Cf. www.practiline.com
http://www.practiline.com/download.htm (for the trial download)

Good luck!

Sarah


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xxxMarc P  Identity Verified
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Word/character count - PDF files Dec 22, 2005

Simply open the PDF file in KWord, then File > Statistics > Text to call up word counts, character counts, etc. You can also then save the file as MS Word, RTF, OOo etc.

If you have Linux, of course.

Marc


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Debora Villa
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Thanks Dec 22, 2005

Thanks for your swift reply!!
I have just downloaded it and trying to workout how to use it!!

Thanks again and Merry Christmas!!!


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Debora Villa
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Thanks Marc Dec 22, 2005

Thank you Marc, unfortunately I do not have Linux!

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Debora Villa
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Extra Help Dec 22, 2005

Sorry to bother yo again Sarah, I have downloaded the program but when I click on the file I wish to run a count for (add selected file) nothing happens. For some reason I am able to select all files, but not one only. Not sure what I am doing wrong.

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Debora Villa
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DONE IT!!! Dec 22, 2005

All done!!

Thanks again for your help


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Chelin
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Use the clipboard + Word Dec 22, 2005

Just copy your pdf document to the clipboard, paste it on to a Word document and use the Word word count - the whole operation should take less than a minute for a 50-page pdf...

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No problem ... Dec 22, 2005

... glad you got it sorted. I find Practicount pretty intuitive to use and some of the options - like excluding numbers, etc - are also quite useful. I started off with a trial version but ended up buying it because before I knew about it I was doing Powerpoint counts by copying them into Word and it took up a lot of extra time.

Merry Christmas to you too!

Sarah


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Rafa Lombardino
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PDFs made from scanned text? Dec 22, 2005

I'd like to take the opportunity and ask you guys whether the word count tools you've mentioned is able to "read" PDFs which have been created from scanned documents...

In other words, I have no problems when working with PDF files which were created from any text editor or design program (including Word and PageMaker), but whenever the PDFs are created from a scanned document and, therefore, become an image, I usually charge my clients for the target file.

Does PratiCount, AnyCount, or any other tool with which you're familiar have the ability to perform such word count? Well, let me know 'cause I'm planning my budget for next year and could buy one of their licenses.

Thanks!


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Any OCR program Dec 22, 2005

will read your scanned PDF file and then you can count words with counting programs (or see the count in Word, but be careful there- OCR creates textboxes and Word doesn't count words in these, while word counting software - I use Practicount- does).

And no, no word counting soft at the moment does read scanned PDFs as they doesn't contain any text, just an image. Maybe in future they will make a soft "two in one"

We count target only in cases the original PDF, fax, jpg, whatever is of so low quality that OCR program cannot satisfactory read it.

Uldis





Rafa Lombardino wrote:
but whenever the PDFs are created from a scanned document and, therefore, become an image, I usually charge my clients for the target file.

Does PratiCount, AnyCount, or any other tool with which you're familiar have the ability to perform such word count? Well, let me know 'cause I'm planning my budget for next year and could buy one of their licenses.
Thanks!


[Edited at 2005-12-22 18:09]


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