Index Conversion Service Index Conversion Service

Index Conversion Service (Convert PDF/Word/RTF indexes into format useable by indexing programs)

If the index you're working on requires that you start with terms used in a prior edition or any other index, SKY Index can now convert those indexes into a format that can be imported into SKY Index or your favorite indexing program.

What we do

We can take a formatted index that is in PDF format, MS Word format, or RTF format and convert those index entries into one of these formats:

For owners of SKY Index Professional

  • SKY Index Professional v8.0 sk8 file (the native format for SKY Index 8.0)

    SKY Index Professional v7.0 sk7 file (the native format for SKY Index 7.0)

  • SKY Index Professional v6.0 skx file (the native format for SKY Index 6.0)

For Owners of CINDEX

  • IXML file - This is the file format that CINDEX uses for index data exchange and supports Unicode characters along with character styles..

For Owners of MACREX

  • MBK file - this is MACREX's backup file format. Please note that the Full Windows ANSI character set is supported, but that characters outside that character set are not.

What we can and can't do

Although we can convert most PDF and Word format indexes, there are exceptions.

What we can do:

  • Convert indexes with one or two subheading levels.
  • Preserve bold and italic text when converting indexes containing those character styles.
  • Convert indexes with locators containing chapter or volume labels.
  • Convert indexes with locators containing indicators like 'f' or '(fig)' for figure, or 't' or '(table)' for table.
  • Convert cross-references.

What we currently cannot do:

  • Convert indexes with more than two subheading levels.
  • Convert indexes with run-on style subheadings.
  • Convert indexes that contain very complex locators that contain many alphabetic letters. Please note that alphabetic 'phrases' like "jan", "Jul.", or "(fig)" is a different matter which we can handle just fine.
  • We cannot convert indexes that separate multiple locators from each other with something other than a comma. NOTE: We can handle a space as the character to start a string of locators in most cases.

What we charge:

For each index there is a charge of $35 plus 1 cent per index record1. If you wish to keep any bold and or italic headings or locators intact, there is an additional $10 charge.

How to contact us for an index conversion:

For questions about our service, just send an email to:

To request a conversion, please copy the form below into an email and send it to:

------------------------------- Copy everything below this line -----------------------------

*** Please do not forget to attach the index you want to have converted ***

Dear SKY Software,

I have attached the index I would like to be converted. I understand that there is a charge of $35 per index plus 1¢ per record. I also understand that if I want bold and italic formatting retained, that there will be an additional $10 charge and that the invoice for the conversion will be sent through and must be paid through PayPal. (NOTE: We do not accept checks for this service.)

When is the converted index needed? (Date and Time): 

In the line below I have specified if I would or would not like to retain bold and italic formatting. I understand there is a $10 charge for that service: 

My preferred email address for contact through PayPal is: 

Please specify the format you'd like to receive the converted file in (see above for descriptions of the file types) (sk8, sk7, skx, mbk, or dat): 

*** Please do not forget to attach the index you want to have converted ***

1 There is one record for each locator and each cross-reference in the index.

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