Re: Indexing question

Subject: Re: Indexing question
From: dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2003 09:01:48 -0800

Kevin C Cole wrote:

They wrote the book in MS Word, then handed it to their art/production
person who imported the file into Quark, dropped in art, moved blocks of
text around, changed all the page breaks etc, then ran it through distiller
and made a PDF file out of it.

I'm not familiar with Quark, and the PDF they produced is not searchable as
much of the text is in graphics.

You're talking about indexing an existing PDF file and inserting a PDF of the finished index into that file. That's really the same task as indexing a printed manuscript and inserting the printed pages of the index just before binding.

For either of those tasks, a dedicated indexing program will be *much* easier to use than index cards. Sky Index, Macrex, and Cindex are the most popular and widely used by professional indexers. They're all good, and none of them are cheap. (The American Society of Indexers website,, has links to the makers--check the index for "software.")

Once the file is PDF, it doesn't matter what tool it was created in. On the other hand, if you can get the Quark source, I believe Quark has some level of support for embedding index entries in the text and letting Quark compile the finished index. If you're not familiar with Quark, I don't know how much time that would save you. Also, if it's going through the art dept. again, you run the risk of having the page breaks change *after* the index has been created.

You're probably better off with an indexing program (if you can get approval for it) or those index cards.



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