What's New in SKY Index Professional v7.0
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SI7 was in development for over 7 years and is a major upgrade to the already wildly popular indexing program. Below we've listed some of the new features that are unique to version 7 of SKY Index. This is by no means an all inclusive list of new features.
SI7 now has virtually unlimited undo and redo.
You can now arrange the Data Entry Grid and Preview Pane side-by-side, so that they both display more entries.
The program's appearance has been improved
Toolbars can be docked at the top, left, bottom, or right of the program screen
You can now tear the toolbars off the docking area and let them float anywhere on your computer's screen
There are now more toolbar icons for your common tasks
There are many new options for configuring the style of your index and there is now a live preview of the index so you can see exactly how your changes will affect your index. You can scroll throughout the entire index in the live preview and the changes you make are immediately visible.
There are now "Manager" dialogs for Acronyms, AutoComplete, AutoEntry, Macros, and Translations. They are all grid based and all include Import and Export features.
Index structure and configuration:
There are now up to 6 subheading levels
There are now up to 9 section labels for locators (chapter/volume labels)
You can define default prefix and suffix text for all locators and for all section labels.
You can now define custom alphabet separators and can also define what characters will appear in each section of the index.
You can now specify indents in inches, millimeters, centimeters, points, ems and ens.
You now have significantly more control over sorting. (You define what characters are equal to a space, what characters are symbols, and what characters will be interpreted as a full stop.)
All core editing commands are now assigned to a single function key for quick editing.
Core editing commands have modifiers for duplicating and grouping making it much easier to remember the commands for performing these compound commands.
You can now apply "Note" formatting to text so that the text will appear in the data entry grid and the Preview Pane, but will not sort and will not appear in the generated index. You can group on this new text style.
The Data Entry Grid now allows you to select an entire column by clicking on the column header. You can then use any of the commands on the Format menu to apply that formatting to that heading level for all entries in the index.
Editing: There are new Editing commands to make editing your index even faster and easier than before.
Swap Acronym – allows you to swap the full text and acronym text with a single keystroke. Example: Change “American Society for Indexing (ASI)” to “ASI (American Society for Indexing)”.
Toggle see/see also – Toggles a cross-reference from see to see also and vice versa with a single keystroke
New child heading, take locators – Creates a new subheading with the first locator of the current main heading. That locator is removed from the main heading.
Consume Subheadings – removes all subheadings of the current main heading (or subheading), and adds the locators of all those subheadings to the main heading.
Split – Allows you to automatically split entries according to a split delimiter and a split delimiter count in order to create new index entries with a single keystroke. Example: Split this one entry “Wilson, Samual R., Roberts, John H.”, into these two entries: “Wilson, Samual R.” and “Roberts, John H.” Note: If there are more than two names, just keep executing the command until all names have been split into new entries.
Create Reciprocal Xref – Creates a Reciprocal cross-reference with a single keystroke. Example: Given this entry: "American Society for Indexing. see also Indexing Societies" SI7 will create a new entry like this: "Indexing Societies. see also American Society for Indexing."
Copy/Cut/Paste/Delete Heading – You can now cut, copy, paste, and delete entire headings (which include all of their subheadings) with a single keystroke.
New Edit View
Edit View (screenshot) allows you to edit your index at the heading level. In Edit View, you will be presented with a formatted index in indented style. You move about the index freely in the way you would in a word processor. If you wish to edit a heading, just move the highlight over the entry you wish to edit and press either F2 or Enter. An in-place editor will appear that will allow you to edit the heading and/or the locators/cross-references. When you're finished editing. Just press F2 or Enter again to commit the changes Although the data entry grid offers all of the editing ability of Edit View, there are certain types of editing that can be done more efficiently and much more intuitively in Edit View. Don't worry, though, the Data Entry Grid is still there to handle the special editing tasks that simply can't be handled by any other paradigm.
SI7's new Browse feature (screenshot) allows you to compare two parts of your index side-by-side in two separate completely formatted views of the index. When you've found the index entries you wish to see, you can either exit the Browse Pane and leave the entry you were viewing prior to browsing unchanged by pressing Escape or your can make the browsed to entry current by pressing Enter.
Totally new UI allows you to easily locate text with or without consideration of character style
Allows up to nine criteria (subsearches) using Boolean AND or OR and a new PLUS feature
There is now a "whole word" option
Your 20 most recent searches and your 20 most recent replaces are saved for reuse. They are saved with the index so they are there even if you close and reopen the index.
You can create up to 20 'Saved Searches' that are saved for all indexes and can be accessed through the Search menu or the Saved Searches toolbar
Press Ctrl+F3 to search for the currently highlighted/selected index heading.
Press F3 to find the next match or Shift+F3 to find the previous
Press Ctrl+Shift+F3 to create a group based on the currently highlighted/selected text.
When you AutoComplete cross-references, you can now optionally choose to remove trailing parenthetical text.
Nine Labels: (screenshot coming soon)
Up to 9 labels
Each label can be assigned a name
Each label has a user configurable color
The labels are shown in both the data entry grid and the preview pane
There is a Go to next label function
There is a Group on current label function
There is a Label tool window to allow you to easily set or clear any of the nine labels while working on your index.
The status bar shows the name of the current record’s label
There is a keyboard shortcut to toggle any of the nine labels
You can configure SI7 to AutoCapitalize cross-references just as you can main or subheadings.
You can instruct SI7 to not apply formatting to "see" or "see also" if the target has formatting applied.
You can configure SI7 to force the target text in a cross-reference to match exactly that actual text it points to. (Capitalization and formatting)
SI7 will recognize and automatically format 'under' when used in a cross-reference.
SI7's Error Scan will correctly verify cross-references that use 'under'.
SI7's Error Scan will now ignore general cross-references during error scan. (You specify what leading text constitutes a general cross-reference.)
You can instruct SI7 to automatically place general cross-references after all other subheadings.
You can Ctrl+Click on a cross-reference to display the cross-reference's target in a mini Preview Pane. Press Esc or simply move to a different record to close it.
The file open/save dialog now keeps track of the 9 most recently accessed directories for single click access.
You can now change the sort order of the data entry grid while keeping grouped entries grouped.
The list of recently opened files now lists up to 9 indexes.
The merge command now allows you to select multiple indexes to be merged all at once.
The proofing report will now group records by locator when the index is in Page Ordered View prior to generating the proofing report.
The Title Case formatting command will not capitalize words that are in the ignored words list
The SmartSwap list will now accept phrases instead of just single words and now works independently of the Ignored Words list. This allows you to intelligently swap entries like:
You can now configure SI7 to automatically merge orphan subheadings.
There is now a Group on Orphan subheadings command so that you can manually merge orphans, if desired using the Promote or Combine command.
The Translation Table now includes the ability to define Unicode character translations quickly and easily.
Group on the heading under the marquee or the currently selected text by pressing Ctrl+Shift+G.
This program requires Windows XP, Vista, or 7. If your computer meets the minimum system requirements for the operating system that is installed, it also meets the requirements of SKY Index for random access memory (RAM) and for minimum CPU speed. You should have at least 60 MB of free disk space prior to installation. Microsoft Word is recommended, but not required.