Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Word Counter: Powerful Free Word Count (And Much More) Utility For OS X
Slate - A Free Window Management Application For OS X
Office 2013 Retail Licensing Change Ties Purchase To One Specific PC Forever
How to Upgrade the RAM in Your iMac
Opera Shrinks In-House Developer Team As It Prepares Shift To WebKit
Acer Forecasts First-quarter Drop In PC Shipments


Word Counter: Powerful Free Word Count (And Much More) Utility For OS X

Word Counter by indie developer SuperMagnus is a Macintosh OS X application that performs a word count and a character count, but it can do much more. It can be used independently or in conjunction with other applications such as TextEdit, Microsoft Word, Pages, TextWrangler, and others.

Word Counter can automatically update the count based on a user-defined time interval, and show the progress achieved towards a set goal for the total number of words and characters. It also can perform bulk counts on multiple files and folders simply by dropping them onto the window. Word Counter can count the number of times a particular word appears in a document. It can even create a sortable summary table of all words in the document, with the number of times each word appears and the length of each word. Another Word Counter capability is calculating estimates for readability statistics using the well known Flesch-Kincaid readability formula and many others.

Word Counter can load numerous file types either into the main window or via bulk counts. These include plain text (txt), rich text (rtf, rtfd), Hypertext Markup Language (htm, html), Microsoft Word (doc, docx), Microsoft Word XML (wordml),OpenDocument Text (odt), Apple's web archive (webarchive), active server pages (asp), cascading style sheets (css), java (java), javascript (js), java server pages (jsp), hypertext preprocessor (php), perl (pl), ruby (rb), and extensible markup language (xml). For html documents, only those words that would normally appear on the web page are counted; for the other files related to programming languages, all of the words in the document are counted.


Using Word Counter is easy. Simply type, paste, or drag text into the main word counter window, then press the "Count Words" button. Word Counter will provide the word and character count for the text, and it will also count the number of instances of a specific word or phrase if specified (see below). Word and character counts are independent. Thus, if you choose to ignore a word based on some of the preference settings available, the characters from those words will still be included in the overall count.

Instances Count
Word Counter can provide a total for the number of times a certain word or phrase appears. This count will be displayed alongside the total count for words and characters.

Word Frequencies
Word Counter also provides an interesting feature that summarizes the frequency of every word in a document.


Readability Statistics
As noted, Word Counter can provide various statistics to help judge the readability of text.

Progress Tracker
Using Word Counter's Progress Tracker feature you can set a goal for the total number of words or characters you wish to type. Word Counter will then display the progress towards that goal in the small, floating Progress Tracker window. By default, a yellow warning icon will appear if you are at or above 90% of the goal and a red warning icon will appear if you exceed your goal (above 100%).

Minor Words
Word Counter can ignore minor words in the counts. These are ignored for both the word and character counts. This feature can be turned on or off in the preferences window. Furthermore, you can edit the list of minor words by clicking on the "Edit List" button in the preferences window. A screen shot of this window is below.

Word Counter can be used in conjunction with various applications. Simply click on the Word Counter icon on the main Word Counter window. A small floating window will appear. Word Counter will then count the text in the chosen application. Apple's TextEdit application is the default, but you can change it to a different application in the Preferences. To have Word Counter return to counting the text in the main Word Counter window, simply close the floating counting window, or press the Count Words button on the main Word Counter window.

Word Counter bases its word and character counts mainly on how AppleScript defines a word and a character, which actually differs depending on the version of OS X you use. OS X 10.4 defines characters such as the ampersand ("&") as a word whereas OS X 10.5 does not.

System Requirements:
Word Counter has been tested on Macintosh OS X 10.5.8 and 10.6.8.

Word Counter is free.

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Slate - A Free Window Management Application For OS X

Slate is a seriously geeky free window management application that even the developer concedes may be a bit daunting to get configured, but with the payoff being that once it's done, the benefit claimed to be huge.

Summary of Features:
• Highly customizable
• Bind keystrokes to:
-directionally focus windows
-activate preset layouts
-create, delete, and activate snapshots of the current state of windows
• Set default layouts for different monitor configurations which will activate when that configuration is detected.
• Window Hints: an intuitive way to change window focus
• [Beta] A better, more customizable, application switcher.

Slate currently works on Mac OS X 10.6 and above

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Maurcio Gardini has posted a tutorial on getting started with Slate here:

Office 2013 Retail Licensing Change Ties Purchase To One Specific PC Forever

Computerworld's Gregg Keizer reports that Microsoft has confirmed that a retail copy of Office 2013 is permanently tied to the first PC on which it's installed, preventing customers from deleting the suite from one machine they own and installing it on another - even of the designated computer dies and is retired.

Consensus is that this is a ham-fisted shove toward using Microsoft's Cloud-based Office 365 subscription based alternative.

For the full report visit here:

Microsoft's revised EULA can be found here:

ZNet's Mary Branscombe has a commentary here:

ZNet's Ed Bott weighs in on Microsoft licensing here:

How to Upgrade the RAM in Your iMac

Mac.Tuts+'s Johnny Winter says if you're cash-rich and time-poor, Apple will allow you to configure your Mac with more memory at a cost. A pretty steep cost. For the rest of us, there's the DIY route, which can end up saving a bundle and perhaps even endow us with a sense of warmth and fulfillment.

Winter notes that generally speaking, Macs come pretty well equipped in terms of memory, with most modern Macs shipping with a minimum of 4GB. Still, increasing the available memory will allow you to comfortably run more programs simultaneously and can contribute to the efficient performance of your machine. His article uses an iMac 27" late 2009 as an example. The standard onboard memory is 4GB and the machines can be upgraded to 16GB. The procedure for the 21.5" and 27" late 2009, mid 2010 and mid 2011 models is the same, though the memory specification is different.

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Opera Shrinks In-House Developer Team As It Prepares Shift To WebKit

TechCrunch's Natasha Lomas notes that Opera has been making a lot of headlines since last weeks announcement of its big strategic shift to WebKit, followed hard on the heels by the news of its $155 million purchase of Skyfire. However Opera's decision to abandon its proprietary Presto web-rendering engine in favour of the defacto WebKit standard, has resulted in a reported dismantling of Opera's core technology developer team of around 100 Opera developers, and the company letting some very long serving employees go or moved on to other departments within Opera.

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Acer Forecasts First-quarter Drop In PC Shipments

Focus Taiwan reports that Taiwan's Acer Inc. is forecasting that its personal computer shipments for the first quarter of the year will drop by 10 percent to 15 percent sequentially due to seasonal factors and a transition to new products.

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