First, I’m curious to know how much I write within each application. Yes, there’s an app for that. Second, I know that performance measured is performance improved, so knowing exactly how many words go into an article, research paper, or whatever gives me an idea of how productive I am (or, should be).
One of the tools Mac writers can use to count words they write is called Word Counter. Clever, no? All Word Counter does is what you expect. It counts the total number of words for a day in each app where you write.
That means if you’re using Microsoft Word or some other word processor Word Counter will display the total number of words written within each app for each day and display the whole shebang in some attractive pie charts and bar charts.
Many writers have daily writing goals, often expressed in a total number of words. That makes Word Counter perfect as it displays an ongoing output for the day, then the day’s totals.
That’s not all.
Word Counter is something of a numerical database and the History view displays the total number of words written for each day in a pop up calendar view.
All this is well and good and very useful, but considered the price tag (it’s growing) there are additional features it should have. For example, why not display the total words on a per project or writing task basis? Or, why not display the total words per app on the History view?
If you’re going to the trouble to count your words it helps to know when they’re being counted, too, so having a daily calendar– with word count by hour– could be useful to determine which time of the day is the most productive.
Still, it’s a good start on an app that many of us who write for money can find useful.