Be sure to look at IXGen by Frank Stearns. I
believe he's still doing eval versions. Solid design, bulletproof, and
as you point out, does all kinds of nice tricks.
Probably cuts indexing time in half, without sacrificing quality.
In addition to indexing, IXGen works with all kinds of markers, so you
can use it for hypertext and other applications too.


On 10/4/06, Kevin Hunter <kevinh at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm at the indexing stage of a 400 page book for a product I hadn't worked 
> with for about 3 years (so no memory of what I indexed before). The manual 
> has also been totally restructured, and many features superseded by different 
> ones. Now I'm looking at building the index, and the 'old', manual way is 
> probably not going to work for me too well.
> The minimum I'd like is to see index entries inline. Anything extra is gravy, 
> but I'm not convinced I do need much extra, so if I can see and work with 
> entries inline (a View option?) for cheap/free, I'd start there. But if I 
> have to pay for this feature, can you all recommend a product that has the 
> best combination of other, extra features for the price?
> I've so far found:
> - IXgen (comparatively more costly, lots of 
> features, but would I use them all?)
> - Leximation marker 
> tools, less costly, but I have more trouble seeing the usefulness of some of 
> the features
>  -Silicon Prairie index 
> tools, cheapest, but doesn't seem to link directly into the frame marker 
> system, does some other kind of marker?
> Anyway, I realize this is a regular question, so I do appreciate any time 
> taken to send suggestions. Succinct, bulleted lists would be sufficient.

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