Character Counting Software
Thread poster: Brandon Wood

Brandon Wood  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:31
Japanese to English
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Aug 17, 2005

Hi all. For my current client I am translating text off of a large number of JPEG images. The only problem is that I am getting paid by the character, and currently I am counting these by hand, which is very tedious. I'm wondering if there is any software that can actually discern characters in a JPEG and count them. Any help is appreciated.


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Agnieszka Hayward
Local time: 07:31
German to Polish
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What is the format of the target text? Aug 17, 2005

Hi Brandon,
is it MS Word or other?


PS. or do you charge per source character?

[Edited at 2005-08-17 21:07]

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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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OCR Aug 17, 2005

You would have to convert the JPEG images to editable text using an OCR application first and then count the characters in Word, for example. But it could be quite difficult. I suggest charging by target characters/words or hourly. You could also manually calculate the number of characters per certain number of "square pixels" and then estimate the total count by measuring the images, but it depends on what they look like.

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Local time: 12:16
English to Japanese
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Count the Target words and divide by 2. Aug 18, 2005

Hi Brandon,

In Japanese, 2 source characters translate into 1
English word approximately. So, by counting the target
English words and diving by 2, you can roughly get
the number of source characters.

Best Regards,

Jina Tuladhar.

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