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NanoCount is a little program that watches the front TextEdit document and shows you the total words (or total characters). It also lets you set a goal and shows a little progress bar.

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Version 2.1:
  • Now Intel only.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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ellefagan Member IconReview+0


All I needed was a neat, minimalist, and graceful tool for
word count in Text Edit - and that is NanoCount2.0 - it's perfect.

I opened a text doc, and NanoCount2.0, and, relaxing after dinner, was contentedly waiting for the document's word count to appear.

Then I realized it HAD appeared...I was waiting for it to begin and the job had been done!

I sat up in my chair and laughed with delight.


I put the alias in dock, after testing it, and that's all there is to resolving an issue that had created a serious block in a writing project I was doing.

When paper and text fonts were uniform, it was easy to make a quick count. Notttannymore. Displays show text windows in varying modes and word count is no standard thing. Add to this, the effect of use of the range of fonts - changes the way word count must be tallied.

In my ratings here, I gave only a "3" value for 'Stability' because I have not owned the proggie long enough to rate it. I hope I remember to come back to this review later and amend it, when time and experience make me a better judge of its Stability.

But so far, I am good to go with NanoCount2.0

Thank you Mr. Gorman

elle fagan

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Version 2.0
Calle Member IconReview+14

Clean and simple. And free. I like.

A few suggestions though,

* It gives an (ugly) error if TextEdit is not open.
* Would be nice if NanoCount could give the number of words/chars (or both!) in it's icon in dock as well.
* Would also be nice if the progress bar could indicate how far one has gone past its maximum.
* Since I'm mostly interested in the number of chars and not the words, it would be a little more clean if Nano Count would remember my settings.
* After (accidently) trying to resize the settings dialog it minimizes to just show chars/words, without giving the option to get its full size again.
* Talking about resizing.. well.
* This may be beyond the simplicity of this app, but as I personally use to keep copies of paragraphs within the document while working on the text, I'd love to have Nano Count to just show the number of words/chars until a given delimiter (like three bullets, or whatever) - that would be the real length of my text not counting all working parts. Could be fairly simple to implement.
* The settings dialog could actually be made to appear even more smoothly..

This is an app I could have written myself. So far I haven't, and I though find it useful, so thanks to the author for putting it together.

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Version 2.0
Anonymous Member IconReview

Well, I won't knock it 'cuz it's free, but...

1) I was hoping this would have something to do with the iPod Nano, and

2) You can do most of this with a very short AppleScript:
tell application "TextEdit"
count (words of text of document 1)
end tell

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Version 2.0
Anonymous Member IconReview

Good little program! Hope it could support SubEthaEdit too!

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Version 0.3
Anonymous Member IconReview

Excellent app. Very simple to use and does exactly what it's advertised to do. The word counts are accurate and the refreshes are as well.

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Version 0.3
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 32,412
Version Downloads 21,055
License Free
Date 10 Dec 2009
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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