Counting words PPT/PDF
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Transitwrite  Identity Verified
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Feb 18, 2008

I know this has come up often... I have a few long PowerPoint documents to translate and need to check the word count. I read a posting suggesting conversion to Pdf and then counting.
I did so and found an internet service called which then counted the Pdf document.
Does anybody have past experience with this tool and can attest as to its accuracy ?

It seemed to come up with a lot more words than the agency counted - there is +20% with GlobalRendering.


Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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You can extract ppt to Word Feb 18, 2008

using werecat-macro. In Word you can easily count everything, translate and transfer back to ppt using Werecat.
Werecat was created for users of Wordfast, but of course you can use other CAT-tools too.


Vadim Poguliaev  Identity Verified
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Try this Feb 18, 2008
It's free as far as I know

[Edited at 2008-02-18 19:25]


Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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PowerPoint has its built-in wordcount Feb 18, 2008

See the "Statistics" tab. It should be under the "File" menu, as far as I remember.


Textklick  Identity Verified
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My experience Feb 18, 2008

Vadim Poguliaev wrote:
It's free as far as I know

[Edited at 2008-02-18 19:25]

For myself, I used to use 'freebudget'. The freeware would not handle formats such as PPT, HTML, PDF.

A dear colleague/client of mine had some strange experiences with Anycount and switched to Practicount.

Another very respected peer recommended Practicount in the course of a recent project where 4 of us were working on a multi-lingual project. It's very tidy and even counts PDFs. But if you convert file formats as you mentioned, you can expect confusion on occasion.

I shall continue evaluating Practicount: it does invoices for you etc.


Maria Karra  Identity Verified
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Statistics Feb 18, 2008

Özden Arıkan wrote:
See the "Statistics" tab. It should be under the "File" menu, as far as I remember.

Right, it's under File-> Properties-> Statistics tab. A few days ago I was looking for PPT wordcount applications too, browsed these forums, googled quite a bit, until a colleague told me about the Statistics tab. The wordcount was right there!!


Aniza Borhan  Identity Verified
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Thank you Feb 19, 2008

Özden Arıkan wrote:

See the "Statistics" tab. It should be under the "File" menu, as far as I remember.

Hi Ozden,

TQ... you've made my day & I learn something new today!


Transitwrite  Identity Verified
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Results of my findings... Feb 19, 2008

I ended up using Practicount, which I downloaded for a free trial.
For the PPT document:
If I used the statistics count as everybody suggests I found 7750.
The agency counted 8007 words for PPT document and with Practicount I found 9400!
The agency cancelled the order as the price was obviously not the same as what they were asking. I was not willing to work on the basis of 8007 words.

Practicount found exactly the same number of words in 5 .doc documents as I did when I did the MS word count. So on that there is agreement

But for PPF, such a big difference - can it be explained?


Marcus Geibel
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Huge word count in PPT Feb 19, 2008

Yes, there is an explanation:

PractiCount counts anything in the PPT, even embedded files.

I once had a PPT that was calculated to be some 8 pages - but counting it in PractiCount, it had more than 20.

Only when carefully checking the entire PPT I found that it had 2 embedded Excel files in it - which accounted for the difference, but weren't needed in translation. After removing them from the PPT file, the count matched the pre-calculated one.

As for the rest, PractiCount works really well. You only need to keep this in mind.



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