I am designing a poster in Adobe Illustrator (ver. 2019), and one of the suggestions I am following is keeping the total number of words around 150.
Is there a way to count all words (inside text boxes) in Illustrator?
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You can copy that text content and paste it into MS Word, or Notepad++ or a blank Google Drive document. All of these tools have a built-in word count tool.
Kind of a work around if you don't want to leave Illustrator:
If you have the text available in InDesign, you can simply highlight the text with the Info window (Window > Info) open and it'll tell you characters, words, lines and paragraphs.
I agree that there should be a way to have a word count in illustrator - but perhaps that's because if you have 150 words on a document, InDesign is a better option for layout and workflow?