PDF is an incredibly common document format that had been around for years and became a standard in document sharing. It is a great tool for both reading, signing or even redacting your documents as well as sharing them. What is more, it is usually compatible with other similar programs. This feature makes it possible to instantly transfer the text in PDF into dozens of other formats. A good PDF is a text of high quality. It`s the one that you can easily read and perform any operations on, from simple copying to word count.
This article, however, is not about such files. Instead, let`s talk about more troubling ones. It may not necessarily be those awful scans of documents printed on a dinosaur – level printer, where dozens of artefacts completely blur the actual text. While some of those still occur from time to time, these PDF files, fortunately, are becoming the thing of the past. What may be a more common and surprisingly annoying problem is the rich text. In other words, a text where words are organized in tables, charts, infographics, etc.
When you work with rich text documents, the word count is among the first problems to rise. It becomes an even bigger issue when your salary depends on the number of words – a common practice in translating and copywriting business. And when it occurs that you and your client are using different tools to count the words in PDF file – the struggle begins… At the same time, most of word count software, built in the common text redactors would go blind when facing charts or similar stuff.
By the time you are reading this paragraph, you probably wonder: “Is there any answer to such problems?”. Fortunately, the solution is so simple it can be described with just two words – professional software! Sure, it`s great to have multiple functions integrated into one environment. But when it comes to more professional needs, you would need a more professional approach. An industry-standard PDF word counter is an example of such an approach. There are many tools that you can choose from, but they are rather similar in essence. A great example of such a tool is Anycount – a professional software designed specifically for the needs of translators and other people that deal with the need for precise PDF word count.
So, how exactly does Anycount work? While this software has many features, let`s focus on the PDF word count. Imagine a big business report with multiple data and infographics. First thing you do – recognize the text in the correct format. Once the software “understands” that the file you are working on is PDF, the magic begins! Anycount would carefully count everything as it is a word. The process is understandable and clear, so if you and your client both use Anycount, you would no longer go into disputes on the number of words translated. Isn`t it a truly professional approach?
PDF is as common nowadays as the problems connected with this format. However, with a professional approach, you can easily solve these problems. Word count is an important issue, especially for the translator. So why not use some special tools, such as Anycount to help you deal with it?