February 15, 2001, Midlothian, Virginia. This morning Virginia Systems unveiled
Sonar Bookends® Xref, a cross-reference plug-in for QuarkXPress. Expected to
begin shipping in late February, Sonar Bookends Xref is designed to make cross-referencing
quick and easy.
A cross-reference is the insertion of the current page number of an item, such as a table,
chapter, figure, or appendix, into a document to facilitate the reader finding that item.
The page number can optionally include a chapter reference. The following text excerpt
has two imbedded cross-references shown in bolded typeface:
"Refer to figure 10, on page 24, and also Appendix II , on page 164, for more information."
Anytime a document is changed, all that is necessary is to tell Sonar Bookends Xref to
update the imbedded page numbers. In seconds, all of the document's cross-references
will be adjusted. Even documents consisting of multiple files can be cross-referenced
by opening all of the files before updating the page numbers .
Sonar Bookends Xref uses a proprietary "labeling" system so that the cross-referencing
information can be entered anytime, even as a document is being written.
"Doing manual cross-referencing is such a pain, that we never put cross-references in our
own manuals. We decided to fix that problem," said Philip Van Cleave, president of
Virginia Systems. "We see cross-referencing as a natural extension of the automatic
index and table of contents generators in our product line."
Sonar Bookends Xref, with a retail price of $195, will be available for both Macintosh and
Windows. A free demo can be downloaded from Virginia Systems' web site at www.virginiasystems.com.
Virginia Systems was founded in 1984 and specializes in document imaging, text retrieval,
and automatic index-generation software.
For further information, contact:
5509 West Bay Court
Midlothian, VA 23112-2506
Phone: (804) 739-3200
FAX: (804) 739-8376
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