Frequently Asked Questions

Porcupine is an indexing program where indexer enters topics manually through user friendly interface. Topic can have four levels maximum and additional descriptor.

Porcupine is an excellent tool for manipulating subject index with a complex hierarchical structure. Once a topic is entered it exists in global list of all expressions. It is then easy to manipulate structure, rephrase keywords globally, control levels and sub-levels.

It is designed for professional indexers but with intention that user with any level of expertise could use it. It is very simple to learn and use all its features.

It covers demands for creating index of all types of texts. Beginners and self-taught indexers, freelance and amateurs  with publishing challenges – all will enjoy its simple and efficient logic.

Project was originally designed for indexing scholarly texts, large publications and encyclopaedias. It aspires to follow worldwide recognised principles for creating accurate, effective, readable indexes. It was tested on a 22 volumes encyclopaedia of more then twenty thousand pages.

Yes, definitely. It was designed to handle large amount of topics, to organise, restructure and manipulate levels. Key points of work are accessible through many shortcuts, buttons and auxiliary screens.. 

Partial or entire overview of index is possible through auxiliary datasheet screens. Massive changes and moving of subtopic levels can be processed from auxiliary screens. 

Phrases and keywords can be examined via simple and efficient search engine. Indexer can quickly locate topic of interest.

Porcupine is not designed for preparing index of concordance. One cannot use it for automatic scanning of specific words within publication. Process of marking has to be done outside the program.

Computer cannot create intelligible readable index with clear hierarchical structure of topics, appropriate entries, sub-entries and cross-references. But a good programming tool can very much assist in this extensive process.

Entering of topics is assisted by drop down lists of topics, complete or partial as appearing at certain level inside index structure.

Search engine through all hierarchical levels of index structure offers overview of appearing of keywords.

Once volume number and page number is entered index entry is locked for further changes.

Topics with in-depth coverage are marked to have bold page numbers in printed index.

Foreign words or special phrases can be formatted (italic, bold)

Delicately professional features, that can be grasped and learned intuitively.

Final design of index is not within the scope of Porcupine. Print preview can be exported to pdf.

Index can be exported for further design to rtf with structure and formatting, keeping diacritical characters. Each index entry has topic levels in their distinctive paragraph style (Index 1, Index 2, Index 3 and Index 4) that can be refurnished in ones favourite publishing program (MS Word or Adobe’s Indesign).

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