The Word Counter Widget provides word counts and character counts and can also count the number of instances of a specified word or phrase. It has several customizable options, including:

It is available as both a Dashboard Widget (available for Mac OS X only) and as a Yahoo! Widget, which requires the Yahoo! Widget Engine but will run on either Mac OS X or Windows XP/2000.

        
Screen shots of the Word Counter Widget for Apple's Dashboard (Mac OS X) and
the Yahoo! Widget Engine (Mac OS X, Windows XP/2000)

A diagram explaining the widget buttons

Requirements and Installation

For Mac OS X Dashboard:

Mac OS X v.10.4 Tiger is required. If you're using Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget's icon in the Widget Bar to open it. If you're using a browser other than Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, unarchive it and place it in /Library/Widgets/ in your home folder. Show Dashboard, click the plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget's icon in the Widget Bar to open it.

For Yahoo! Widget Engine (Mac OS X and Windows XP/2000):

First download the Yahoo! Widget Engine at http://widgets.yahoo.com and install the engine. Then download the Word Counter Widget and double-click on it to load it into the widget engine. See Yahoo!'s help files for additional installation and usage instructions.

Cost

Word Counter Widget is free.

However, comments would be most appreciated. For those that wish to make a donation, you can do so on the supermagnus.com website. Or, why not consider purchasing one of my screensavers which I sell to help cover web-hosting and development costs.

Legal issues

Word Counter Widget is provided "as is" and no guarantee is made as to its function or any problems that occur as a result of its use.

Warranty

There is no warranty for this widget.

Caveats

Slight differences exist between the Word Counter Widget for Apple's Dashboard and Yahoo!'s Widget Engine. As a result, the word and character counts may sometimes vary slightly. The Word Counter Widget should generally be thought of as providing a very close estimate of the true word and character count.

Version History

Version 1.2 (June 26, 2006): Version 1.1 (January 09, 2006): Version 1.0 (June 20, 2005):

Feedback:

I would love to hear any feedback about problems, bugs, suggestions, complaints, etc. If you find it useful I would love to hear from you!!

Send e-mail to David Hanauer: david@supermagnus.com

This program can be found at http://www.supermagnus.com