Word Counter
Word Counter
2.10.1
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Word Counter free download for Mac

Word Counter for Mac2.10.1

04 January 2019

Counts words entered into a text field.

What is Word Counter for Mac

Word Counter is an application that performs a word count and a character count, but it can do much more. It can be used independently or in conjunction with other applications such as TextEdit, Microsoft Word, Pages, TextWrangler, and others.

Word Counter can automatically update the count based on a user-defined time interval. It can show the progress achieved towards a set goal for the total number of words and characters. It also can perform bulk counts on multiple files and folders simply by dropping them onto the window. Word Counter can count the number of times a particular word appears in a document. It can even create a sortable summary table of all words in the document, with the number of times each word appears and the length of each word. Word Counter can also calculate estimates for readability statistics using the well known Flesch-Kincaid readability formula and many others.

Word Counter can handle various file types including plain text (txt, text), rich text (rtf, rtfd), Hypertext Markup Language (htm, html), Microsoft Word (doc), Microsoft Word XML (wordml), Apple's Web archive (webarchive), the Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf), and others. This program may be useful for writing a manuscript or an abstract with a strict limit on the number of words or characters allowed.

What's new in Word Counter

Version 2.10.1:

Note: Although Finder indicates version 0.1, the developer refers to it as version 2.10.1.

  • Added support for TexShop
  • Added support for odt and docx files
  • Better compatibility with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • Ignoring minor words are now handled appropriately in the frequency counts
  • Ignoring words less than a specific length are now handled appropriatel in the frequency counts
  • Hyphenated words are now handled appropriatey in the frequency counts
  • Minor interface enhancements
  • Fixed an error where a popup dialog saying "location 09b" would sometimes appear
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Suzanne A
Suzanne A
Feb 12 2021
2.10.1
0.0
Feb 12 2021
0.0
Version: 2.10.1
Hiya, I've just downloaded Word Counter but I get the following message when trying to run the app: "Word Counter" needs to be updated. The developer of this app needs to update it to work with this version of macOS. Contact the developer for more information. I am using MacBook Pro, macOS Big Sur version 11.2 Please let me know when the new version compatible with macOS Big Sur is available. Also can you please let me know whether this app would work with documents which have been scanned and saved as PDF (currently viewed in Preview)? Many thanks Suzanne
Lesoth0
Lesoth0
Jan 4 2019
2.10.1
5.0
Jan 4 2019
5.0
Version: 2.10.1
Still works on High Sierra, albeit to open it you need to go in an verify its authenticity in Security & Privacy settings... but it works all the same after all these years. Awesome!
MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
Oct 25 2016
2.10.1
2.5
Oct 25 2016
2.5
Version: 2.10.1
On El Capitan it works only with txt and rtf. Formats doc, docx, odt, fodt and even pdf are not recognized, and the software says that I need at least Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 for these formats. Maybe there's an error reading the correct OS version number, i.e. it's reading 10.11 as 10.1. (?)
HarryN9692
HarryN9692
Sep 8 2013
2.10.1
5.0
Sep 8 2013
5.0
Version: 2.10.1
This app give an extensive report about the number of words. Even though I prefer a handy tool of the web version more, such as http://wordcounttools.com/.
flyte44
flyte44
Feb 18 2013
2.10.1
3.0
Feb 18 2013
3.0
Version: 2.10.1
Doesn't PopClip do this exact same thing; as one of its many downloadable options?
Lesoth0
Lesoth0
Feb 21 2011
2.10
5.0
Feb 21 2011
5.0
Version: 2.10
What I find the character count is brilliant for is actually SEO work with Title and Meta Descriptions etc.; This is absolutely invaluable for that.
Lesoth0
Lesoth0
Feb 15 2011
2.10
5.0
Feb 15 2011
5.0
Version: 2.10
Actually still works a treat (word and character counts) in OS 10.4 Tiger (despite the minimum requirements of Leopard). Happy days.
Bobzozus
Bobzozus
Sep 10 2010
2.10
5.0
Sep 10 2010
5.0
Version: 2.10
What a great app! And, for free. Please frequent the developers web site and get a screen saver. Or, donate. What a gem! The perfect complement to any word processor. The perfect augmentation to any writer's armamentarium. Along with Apple's own dictionary and word services; and Spell Catcher- I feel truly supported to just write- with whatever tool I wish. This is especially useful for Text Edit Users. One of those apps that once you have- you wonder how you lived without!
resuna
resuna
Oct 6 2008
2.9
0.0
Oct 6 2008
0.0
Version: 2.9
Does it work as a Service, like WordService?
Yoxi
Yoxi
Aug 13 2008
2.8
0.0
Aug 13 2008
0.0
Version: 2.8
Great app - though I'd really like to see it work with Mail messages too, please :)
Guest
Guest
Aug 12 2008
2.8
0.0
Aug 12 2008
0.0
Version: 2.8
MANY THANKS ... ... to the developer for fixing the bug I mentioned below.
Guest
Guest
May 19 2008
2.7.1
0.0
May 19 2008
0.0
Version: 2.7.1
Still the same "AppleScript Error" as I mentioned below.
Pi-314
Pi-314
Feb 27 2008
2.7
5.0
Feb 27 2008
5.0
Version: 2.7
Many thanks for this clever, simple, and helpful application. Used with TextEdit, it will allow me not to buy MS Office, as I only used Word to write articles without layout... but I needed absolutely a powerful word counter. Here it is ! Icing on the cake, the developer is so kind and responsive. Congratulations from France
Guest
Guest
Feb 25 2008
2.7
0.0
Feb 25 2008
0.0
Version: 2.7
The same "AppleScript Error" - The problem I mentioned below still exists.
Guest
Guest
Dec 20 2007
2.6
0.0
Dec 20 2007
0.0
Version: 2.6
AppleScript Error It shows an error message - "NSReceiverEvaluationScriptError: 4 (1)" - on whatever you click. You can't even quit the application by clicking Quit in the menu bar or C+Q. iMac Intel 10.4.11
David-Hanauer
David-Hanauer
May 1 2007
2.4
0.0
May 1 2007
0.0
Version: 2.4
Word Counter cannot open Pages documents directly. As stated in the "What's New" section, Word Counter work with the Pages application itself. So if you have both Word Counter open and Pages open, Word Counter should be able to count the text in the Pages document. You must set it to work with Pages in the Word Counter preferences and then make sure the floating counter window is active. If you still have problems I would suggest e-mailing me and I can try to help you.
Allblue
Allblue
Feb 12 2007
2.2.1
0.0
Feb 12 2007
0.0
Version: 2.2.1
Could anyone explain the advantage of using this app over WordService? http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10523 It provides 37 different word services, including statistics - words, characters, lines - accessible through the service menu, with no need to have a separate app running. I only ask because Word Counter sounds such a good bit of software, but I don't see that it would give me any additional functionality. Incidentally, if you do not want all 37 services fattening up your service menu, this other bit of freeware, Service Manager http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11777 is a PrefPane which allows you to remove any service you do not require from the menu.
The-Valrus
The-Valrus
Sep 26 2006
2.2
0.0
Sep 26 2006
0.0
Version: 2.2
Haha, updated in time for NaNoWriMo excitement to start picking up. Marketing genius, I say. That is, if you were making any money off it. ;)
Clean-Creative
Clean-Creative
Feb 27 2006
2.1
0.0
Feb 27 2006
0.0
Version: 2.1
I love this little application. LOVE LOVE LOVE it and use it all the time. It's great when setting up templates for client work where I need to have a specific number of characters in certain areas on a layout, I no longer have to count the characters individually. UGH, what a pain that used to be. The application is great, the price is better and thank you all for making this.
Guest
Guest
Sep 26 2005
1.9
5.0
Sep 26 2005
5.0
Version: 1.9
SWEET! This should be a basic feature in any OS, but kudos to someone developing it and making it free.
Guest
Guest
Jun 23 2005
1.8
5.0
Jun 23 2005
5.0
Version: 1.8
David Hanauer is a genius. The elegance and simplicity that this necessary utility for anyone who needs to fit a classified's character or article's word limit provides is amazing. Note the attention to detail in the disc image graphic and the application icon - pure breathtaking beauty. I think this one belongs in the Hall of Fame among all freeware. Only thing missing is Clipboard Counting. I'm sure that's next.
Guest
Guest
Jan 4 2005
1.6
5.0
Jan 4 2005
5.0
Version: 1.6
LOVE THIS THING!!! Thanks to the developer!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest
Guest
Jul 14 2003
1.4
5.0
Jul 14 2003
5.0
Version: 1.4
Those who don't already have WordService should do a search for it, here on MacUpdate. It can do word counts, and a good deal more, from within any Services-aware application (TextEdit, etc).
Guest
Guest
Apr 7 2003
1.3
0.0
Apr 7 2003
0.0
Version: 1.3
Wonderful little application. Quick, simple and best of all FREE. Perfect when you just need a word count but don't want to open a full WP program. Has updated twice in the last couple of weeks. Kudo's to David Hanauer the developer.
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4.4
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  • Mac OS X 10.5.0 or later
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