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In my Extext experience count was about 10% less than the Word count. nm

Posted By: Did not stay long on 2005-12-02
In Reply to: Line Counts and EXText - ColoradoMT


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Someone tell me how EX-Text word/line count calculates 10,000 lines and it results in 8,500 on company-end? Headers, demographics/footers count THAT much difference?
EXTEXT-line count

That is because you are not management, and that is who posted! 

I don't use the Word line count, I use the
character count without spaces, and a character is a character is a character and so on and all characters are created equal. I then divide the number of characters by 65 and come up with a line count. I realize that the MTSOs don't pay for underlining, bolding, etc., and I don't believe that word counts those either.
My line count is about 3-8 less than Word, whereas...
when I worked for OSi the line difference was 24-35. Needless to say, I am VERY happy at Transtech!
11-word line count??? Has anyone...

ever worked for a company that uses this?  I counted a few documents with this vs. a 65-character line (including spaces), and it is WAY less in total lines.  The company offering this insists it is comparable.  Has anybody else encountered this method of line counting?


Word says line count is different
from that shown on the Dictaphone website, much much much less. Look im not gonna argue my point, you try it for yourself and come to your own conclusion. It has nothing to do with the acct, it is the way the company counts lines, doesn't count headers and footers and other characters. I wonder if it even counts when you hit the space bar for a word expansion. Try it you'll see.
Sylcount vs. MS Word count . . .
I recently started working for a company that uses Sylcount, counting by line, everything in a line is a line, but compared to counting in MS Word, 65-character with spaces, I am getting way lower counts with the Sylcount. Anyone experience this. I was under the impression that the count would be little higher than doing it MS Word, but it's been much, much lower. I'm so disappointed. It seems that counting this way, if the font is smaller, the line will be smaller, it really makes it inaccurate and count so much lower.
I'd sure like to know how to get a great line count on ExText.
Ok. So for each report you wrote down the word count?
then compared it? Just wondering.  I probably won't do it because that would just take up too much of my time but wondered how you did it.
Line count in MS Word 2007
Does anybody know how to get their line count when typing a regular office note in Microsoft Word 2007?  This software is so new to me.  Any help would greatly be appreciated.
ExText line count for individual reports? Is there a way? nm
What companies give an accurate EXText line count?
Either an accurate count or the option to check your own!
I agree - hard to get decent line count with ExText...sm
Good to know other people are having the same issue as I thought I was just getting slower in my old age!  Seems like I can do almost twice as much with DocQScribe and escription.
Ctrl i in EXText for us MT's with TT gives a higher line count, because we do not get paid
for everything that that function shows.  I-chart is as close to the exact amount of lines we get paid for than anything that we have.  Ctrl i was blocked from us, but lately opened up for us to use; however, it is not what we get paid for.  Hope this helps you.
Just checked line count for another GREAT Extext company
go to Tools -> Word Count in open document and values will show. nm
It means to double check what THEY say your count it. Count
Anyone work for Spheris doing VR? Could you share experience, pay, line count etc..
Also, what are the benefits like i.e., medical insurance etc??
Are you aware of how they count your time?.. or don't count it i should say
If you're extremely lucky you get 9cp. Experience doesn't seem to count much anymore. nm
From my experience, it is all in how the company sets it up to count i.e. footers, headers, spaces
etc.. I work on another platform but I noticed the same thing when I worked for a company and it would me 12 hours to get 1000 lines, and at the time, I had nothing to compare it to. Then, I thought..this is just wrong. Working 12 hours to make $80 is ridiculous so I quite. I went to work for another company...same platform... and routinely do 1500 to 2000 lines a day and I can tell the difference. You know when you do a whole page report and all you end up with is at the max 40 lines.. something is wrong. I'd say keep the best paying and dump the rest. They are obviously shorting you somewhere.
WMX - line count. Was working along and noted line count accumulation (sm)

signed off the report I was typing.  Those lines didn't add immediately, but sometimes they do that.  What concerns me is that when I signed that job off and the next one came up, not only were the other lines not added in but they were LESS than they were before I signed off previous job.

I thought I noticed this happening the other day, but figured I just wasn't paying attention.  Today I definitely noticed it.  For some reason it changed it's mind and took 8 lines off my line count.  What the heck? 

Am not really ecstatic with the way things are going anyway  and then this confuses me. 

Please, someone have a realistic explanation so I don't feel paranoid and cheated here. 

Then company should set line count per day with incentives for above that. If get line count done
ExText is integrated with Word. Auto correct is a part of Word.
ExText is a Word based platform. When the page opens for you to type the document it will be just like you are typing in MS Word.
EXText for Word
What companies use EXText for Word and Transnet?
No, I used to work for OSi and they were good to work for, just didn't pay enough. I was offered a job with Trans-Tech, who pay much better, but then I ended up taking another offer.
We use EXText Word
expanders and normals, which is the only way to make it anymore in this business.
ExText word
Don't know what company you work for or if my short-cuts would apply, but I was taught very specific short-cut navigation keys, plus I can use my regular expanders/short-cuts within speech text as needed. Did you get a tutorial/training?
MP Count
Can anybody tell me where I can download MP Count?  I cannot find it anywhere on the internet.  I need to start billing the client and they want me to use MP Count.  Any help would greatly be appreciated.
MP Count
Thanks! I just realized they are not giving out their free sample anymore. Do you have any idea how you charge 9 cents per line for a 65 character space line? Is it easy software? I just want to make sure before I purchase it. Thanks!
MP Count

Hi!  Can anyone tell me if using MP Count is similar to the count in MS Word?


MP count
I use MP count and I find it very accurate -- better than MS Word.
MP Count

Thanks so much for your replies!  I have never used a line counting software and I wanted to be sure.


Count me 2
I also had experienced those problems with TT. I was told that because of my being able to do the bad dictators efficiently was the reason why I was getting so many of them. They say they don't cherry pick but instead they pool, route, and set up stats. I also know some others who never ever did progress notes and only only worked on OPs which is also in my opinion just another form of cherry picking. After the line count issues I moved on and now I see an ad for PT acute care at 10 cents a line, go figure.
Count me in!!!!! nm
Count me in
And also on your list of MT companies who ONLY hire American MTs, add WebmedX. That is where I work and they are vehemently opposed to offshoring work. I am glad to see that we are finally taking action. You can e-mail me and we can keep in touch. I live in Texas and there are a lot of medical facilities here. I will find who I need to direct my information to, but by golly, I will do it! So far that's three states (and three BIG states!) Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas!
count me in

Excellent idea.  Let me know if you are serious about this.  Just email me.

Count me in too.
I want to participate. How about something like American Transcription or  All American Transcription? Maybe even Transcribed in America. I am in Kansas. Please email me with details when you get a chance.  Thanks!
Count me in
If you are looking for a Transcriptionist when you form your new company...count me in!  I am just over the river in Jersey.
Count Me.....

...In!!!  I have turned down 3 jobs in the past 2 weeks:  (1) The first job actually wanted me to move to NY and work on site at a radiology office, contracted out through a transcription company....I live in TN!  This company would not tell me what they were paying, and no moving expenses were being offered.  (2) The second job wanted me to fly to NJ and spend 3 days training in their corporate office.  They also would not tell me what the job paid....said it would depend upon testing and training.  They reimburse travel expenses after 6 months....but, who knows if one would want to stay for that long....especially considering they will not disclose how much they are willing to pay.  (3) The third job actually wanted me to work as an IC being PAID BY THE DICTATED MINUTE for RADIOLOGY....and, again, would not tell me what they were offering to pay!!!  What a JOKE!  I have never, EVER been tested at less than 98% and am always offered jobs, but am picky regarding benefits and line count.  I have been stuck at 0.085 for the past 6 years (but with fairly good benefits) and have been told repeatedly that our company cannot afford to give raises.  :(  I am shopping for something better....and will only settle if I find a HIGHER PAYING JOB!  Regarding all transcriptionists not settling for less than 0.085 per 65-character line.......I think this is a GREAT IDEA, but do not think the less experienced transcriptionists will adhere to this.  There are too many people out there who have paid for fly-by-night MT schools and are willing to work cheap or free just to get the experience - trying to make the money they spent pay off one day.  Best of luck in getting others to sign up for the idea.  I am on board with you!!!

Count me in.
Count me in

Count me in..or should I say Count Me Out of MDI!
I am frantically looking for another job as I do not have the luxury of being unemployed and this took me completely by surprise as I believed in Dorothy...but believe me when I say I AM TAKING A STAND also and refuse to work for a company that offshores! My resignation letter will make my reasons clear!
Count me in! Enough is enough!
I'll do it!
extext word/transnet
OSi and Trans-Tech use that platform.
LIne count

I have had the same accounts for up to 15 years.  On my surgeons with even charging 12 cents a line I can often make $50 to $60 an hour with their consults.  I think it is fair.  They pay within 48 hours, never a bounced check, got $500 Christmas bonus.  I can do them in my sleep.    They never question my line counts.  It is 60 characters to a line and gross lines, not character count.  On a consult for breast cancer, that is 3 to 4 pages,  probably type 50 lines as the physical is so standard.  If I charged more I would feel like I was ripping them off.  I make a decent living and so  pass it onto them.   I gross over 11,000 lines per month with them and work 5 to 6 hours per week.   They like the smaller amount per line.   My other is a clinic that I have a lot of auto corrects set up and still make $35 an hour and so why charge them an arm and leg when I am making decent money.  My sub's make close to $25 an hour as they aren't quite as fast as I am and don't use as many quick corrects but at 8 to 9 cents they average 250 to 350 (psych reports) per hour.   So we are all happy.     Half way through the year I myself  have made $26,500.   And that is with a slow June. 



line count
I have always understood that gross line pay is better than character counted. This could be false, however, depending on font used and size of font, as well as the format of the report. Sorry, don't know info specific to Meditech's system, but have read "To convert Gross Lines to Net Lines multiply Gross Lines by .70." This obviously reduces gross lines by 30% to a net line count, but it does not make sense that this formula would be accurate all the time considering all the variables involved (those mentioned above as well as the fact that character counted net lines are not a standard 65, and could be whatever number the client has agreed to pay on).
line count
How can you get an exact count by Word? Even the different Word programs vary.
My line count
Some say that if you are not a high producer, you may actually do well with VR?  How true is that? Due to the summer, my line count is only in the 6 or 7000 range per pay period.  However, in the beginning of Sept, the kids will go  back to school and I will start working full time.  Given that there is full time work available to me, could I stand to actually make more money doing VR?
MQ line count
I've been on DQS for way over a year.  My line count has never improved and I am one the same account every day.  Join the class action and hopefully we will get our money eventually. 
OSi line count - sm
When I started there it was 198 lph...they have lowered it since I left. And why are they allowed to post jobs here? They outsource overseas!!! What happened to MTSTARS policy of not posting jobs from outsourcing companies?