Many translators don’t use CAT tools for a variety of reasons, ranging from costs to the lack of relevance for certain specializations.
One of the useful functions such tools provide, however, is a word count tool. For those of you who don’t want to invest in an expensive CAT tool and yet be able to perform word counts over several documents in different formats, PractiCount is a solid solution. It’s been in the market for quite a few years, and is still a relevant solution nowadays.
It can count words, lines, characters, pages, repetitions and more. As a translator working from Japanese, the reliable character counting for Asian languages is a major advantage. It also works for a great variety of formats, including Microsoft Office files, PDFs, XML/HTML files and more. You can export reports in different formats to prepare quotes or other proposal documents.
Another interesting feature is that it can link these word counts to an automatic invoicing system. You can import lists of clients, link them to your project and have your invoices generated automatically.
A 15-day trial is available and allows you to try the tool and determine whether it fits your needs before purchasing it. If you’re looking for word count solutions, you should consider giving it a try.
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