Word counting a PDF file
Thread poster: Amanda Tozer

Amanda Tozer
Local time: 19:00
Spanish to English
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Sep 25, 2007

I need to provide a very good client of mine with a proposed deadline and price of a 136-page legal translation which only exists as a PDF file at the moment.
But, there's just one problem- I can't count the amount of words (and there are lots of dense footnotes), nor I can truly assess how long it will take me to translate, as I can only guess (but don't know for sure) the font size, line spacing and, therefore, the approximate amount of words per page.
Can anyone help me? I do have a few IT nerd friends with access to software, but one is ill and the other AWOL.
Should I give my client a costing based on a price per page or a "precio por obra" to avoid taking too long?
Any help and advice much appreciated.
Amanda Tozer


Irina Lazarescu  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:00
English to Romanian
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change pdf into doc Sep 25, 2007

You may change .pdf file into .doc and then to perform the word cont. This may be performed using either abbyfinereader or PDF CONVERTER , the last one having a free(or trial) version.

Good luck in this attempt!


Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
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English to Indonesian
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abbyy pdf transformer Sep 25, 2007

this is my favorite tool for extracting text in pdf. it also works well on scanned images. http://www.pdftransformer.com/
if you are using acrobat, you can try to save the pdf to more accessible format, i.e. doc, rtf, txt.


Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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Count the original Sep 25, 2007

Hi Amanda,

If you can convert, fine, otherwise simply count the original from the printout by counting the number of words on, say, 10 "full" lines at different points in the text, and getting a general average. Say the average is 10.

Then just count "full" lines and "half" lines on each page, writing in the total at the bottom of every page. Then count up all the page totals at the end, and multiply by 10. Even for that amount of pages, it doesn't take as long as you might think, and it's pretty accurate to boot.




m a r i n a  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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English to Spanish
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Translators Abacus Sep 25, 2007

Hi Amanda,

I use Translators Abacus to word count PDFs. It's free and you can get it from here: www.globalrendering.com/download.html




Marina Soldati  Identity Verified
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English to Spanish
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Another option Sep 25, 2007


Try AbracadabraCompteur 2, it´s freeware and counts the words provided the pdf is not made of images.
You can download it from here




Sven Petersson  Identity Verified
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PractiCount Sep 25, 2007


Sven Petersson
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Website: www.svenp.com


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