Word Counter Pro is a Mac utility which counts words, but it’s really more of a statistical capture and display app for writers and researchers. Many Mac writing tools count words but this one has a unique feature that makes it a standalone favorite.
Watch And Count
Why bother to count words? Some writers are paid by the word. Others write only during a limited number of hours a day and want to keep on a schedule for a project. Word Counter Pro (WCP) does more than just count words. In addition to word count, WCP also counts total characters, total number of sentences, the number of lines and paragraphs.
Lines and paragraphs? Yep. Doesn’t that change depending upon the document’s margins? Yep. And WCP accounts for margin size and changes within a document. Even the paragraph settings can be adjusted to exclude titles, sub-titles, and headers (which often show up in a paragraph or sentence count).
Here are the basics. Past Text, Drag a File, or, my favorite, Watch File.
Regardless of the text selection method, Word Counter Pro displays what you need to know.
- Word Count
- Character Count
- Sentence Count
- Line Count
- Paragraph Count
Also available are stats for Whitespace Count, the Hard Line Break count, and any Indented Paragraphs.
Paste Text is self explanatory. Copy text from your document and paste it into WCP. Alternatively, you may simply drag a text file onto WCP and it begins the counting. However, my favorite feature is the Watch File capability.
That means WCP watches a specific file while you work. As you type, a pop up window displays the statistics and they’re updated as you type.
WCP handles multiple file types including the standard RTFD, RTF, TXT, and even DOCX. Nicely done, inexpensive, and simple to use; perfect if your word processor does not count the basics.