The Proofreader's Parlour
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"End the tedium of manual reference checking and save time," say the developers ... and it does exactly that. ReferenceChecker is basically a really clever macro that checks text-based citations in a manuscript against a reference list or bibliography.
I still remember life without this, and how painstakingly inefficient it was to have to interrupt my reading of a heavily referenced academic tome every few minutes in order to check that a citation was correct.
In vain, I tried to work out a way to manage the process better, googling for macros that would check references, and came up with nothing.
Then Paul Sensecall, a fellow member of the SfEP, posted a note on our society discussion group about this macro that he and his colleague Adam Bukolt had developed for Word documents.
I haven’t looked back.
Louise Harnby is a professional proofreader and copyeditor. She curates The Proofreader's Parlour and is the author of several books on business planning and marketing for editors and proofreaders.
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How to annotate a PDF with digital proofreading marks
Below are my free proofreading stamps files in red, blue and black. They conform to British Standard BS 5261-2 (2005).
You will not have to resize these stamps – I've designed them to work with the font size that most book files use. Simply upload them into your PDF editor and you’re ready to go!
Tip: In Acrobat you will have to download each stamp individually. In PDF-XChange (even the free Viewer), the process is semi-automatic - just make sure you download the XChange stamps files below and follow the installation instructions.
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Louise Harnby is a fiction copyeditor and proofreader. She curates The Proofreader's Parlour and is the author of several books on business planning and marketing for editors and proofreaders.
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