I was looking for a fast and simple tool to perform word counts on text that I write in Windows Live Writer. For no good reason Windows Live Writer does not have a word count capability, so I am forever copying text from Live Writer, opening Word, pasting, hitting tools, yada yada yada.
I need something that performs the count in Windows Live Writer. I went to download.com and searched on Word Count and came up with ClipCount 2.0 (third in the search results).
I downloaded the 30 day trial, installed it. I paused at the suggestion that I close all programs before installing. Ignored that as I looked at my 15 open programs with multiple windows on the web pages open too.
The install went just fine.
The program launched and I picked the evaluate button to try the trial. This launched a help file and I thought I was in trouble, but I was wrong. 🙂
How It Works
Its so simple its beautiful. You highlight somewords, hit control+C, and a quick little pop up window displays
- your word count
- characters with spaces
- characters without spaces
- Number of lines
And then it dissapears. It was perfect. I just hit a hot key and boom I have my answer, no jockeying between windows with words or running through a dozen menu options.
here is the word Count Screen view for this article:
The only negatives that I see with the product are as follows:
You can not right click and select copy with your mouse. only control c launches the count on the text in the clipboard.
You have to pay money for this.
I think I am going to get a lot of use out of this in the next thirty days. It only costs $15, but I am pretty cheap, so we will see. If it doesn’t get buggy on me, I will probably buy it!
It gets my endorsement out of the Box. I’ll provide another review in 30 days.