Editorium Update: Tips and Techniques for Publishing Professionals
Hat tip to Intelligent Editing's Daniel Heuman for the link to this treasure trove. It includes seven years' worth of articles published between 2000 and 2007 that may be of use to the editorial freelancer.
Subjects covered include: Customization, Editing, Indexing, Macros, Programs, Proofreading and Typesetting.
Now available online, it's easy to search and completely free.
Macros for Writers and Editors, by technical author, publisher, proofreader and editor Paul Beverley, is a free online book with over 400 macros for the writer, editor and proofreader.
One of my personal favourites is CiteCheck, which is excellent if you want to check text citations against a bibliography, particularly when the short-title system is being used. Other popular macros developed by Paul include the well-loved FRedit, a customizable scripted find-and-replace macro, and IStoIZ and IZtoIS (both of which highlight all the words in a file that may need amending to fit client style).
However, this blog post doesn't even begin to scratch the surface. Instead, take a look at the book yourself and decide what will work best for you. There really is something for everyone.
Developed by Intelligent Editing, PerfectIt is proofreading/editing software that helps professionals deliver error-free documents by improving consistency, ensuring quality and, if desired, enforcing a chosen style guide.
The website also includes a free-trial download, a detailed list of features, a demo video, reviews, and a user-forum.
I've been using this software for a couple of years and highly recommend it.
N.B. Can be used with UK and US English; set it up to suit your own preferences.
This Roundup offers links to some excellent articles about using macros in Word, and a couple of books for macro-users, one of which is a comprehensive freebie with over 400 macros written by SfEP Advanced Professional Member Paul Beverley.
If you know of other macros that would be of use to editors and proofreaders, please share them with us in the Comments section. When it comes to using macros, the usual caveats apply – take care with them and make a backup copy of your work before you run anything that's going to make major revisions.
The Editorium provides Microsoft Word add-ins for writers, editors and typesetters, including the popular Editor's Toolkit. There's also a newsletter that you can sign up for, as well as a great selection of free, smaller add-in programs to try. Visit The Editorium website.
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