Monday, February 18, 2013

This Is Fun To Use And It’s Free: The Little Word Counting Utility That Every Mac Writer Needs

Consider this. I slave over a hot keyboard all day to make a living. Yet, I live just a mile or so from a tropical beach on an island where 330 days a year are as good as they best weather humans should be allowed to have.

That hot keyboard enslavement means that I look for utilities that help speed up my work, make the work more pleasant (or, fun, if at all possible), and happen to be a bargain at the same time.

If you understand my plight, and you, too, are slave to a keyboard more than you’d like, then you need this little utility. Word Counter. It does exactly as you’d expect, but does it in a way that makes it worth far more than the free price tag.

Word Counter counts words and characters. It works by itself as a standalone app, or it works in conjunction with other applications, some of which may not actually count words or characters as you type.

Word Counter

Who knew that counting words was an important function of a writer’s life?

Word Counter counts words and characters, but has a few other helpful functions. For example, it can show progress toward a goal of writing a specific amount of words. It can do bulk counts by simply dropping files or documents onto the Word Counter window and it displays the numbers of words in each file.

This clever little app can also count the number of times a particular word appears in a document, and can create a summary table– sortable, no less– of all words in the document, and the number of times a word appears.

The Readability Statistics are totally worthy and give you a quick view of not just bulk or volume of words, but readability, too. If you’re trying to improve the quality of your writing, Word Counter may be one of the best free tools you’ll find.

You can set it up so it excludes from the count certain words (a, of, or, and, the come to mind). Preferences are nominal and easily setup. If there’s a negative, it’s that it only works in English, and seems to hiccup from time to time on Microsoft Word documents (surprised?).

Not bad for free, right?