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Word Counter - Count words and characters in text
Authored by: daeley on Nov 29, '05 08:47:51PM
You can use the textutil CLI program along with wc to get an accurate wordcount. Here's the command:

textutil -stdout -convert txt foobar.doc | wc -w

To break it down, we're telling textutil to send its output to standard output instead of a file (-stdout) and convert to plain text (-convert txt) a Word formatted file called foobar.doc. The output of that is sent/piped to wc where we ask for a simple count of just the words (-w).

Now then, if you have multiple files, you can combine them on the fly and produce a collective word count thusly:

textutil -stdout -cat txt *.doc | wc -w

The new flag -cat tells it to concatenate all of the .doc files in the working directory.

By the way, the commands above leave the original documents untouched.

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Word Counter - Count words and characters in text
Authored by: robg on Nov 29, '05 09:56:29PM

I appreciate the CLI solution ... but in this case, I think I'm going to have to say the GUI is somewhat easier and quicker for me -- especially since a given folder may hold much more than just the files I wish to count. So it's a quick drag-n-drop and that's it ... nice to know, though, that I can do this via SSH if the need arises!


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using textedit or antiword to convert .doc to ascii
Authored by: zojas on Dec 02, '05 04:08:28PM
another thing to try is 'antiword'. it's a Free program which will convert word files to ascii text (even the tables usually come out decent). it would be interesting to compare antiword to textedit's output.

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