Free full version of MACREX
I wrote the first indexing program in 1981 for my wife, Drusilla, to run on an 8 bit microcomputer. Since then the program developed to its current form with Drusilla providing the support. Nancy Mulvany and subsequently Gale Rhoades took over as agents for the USA and Canada. Sadly, Gale died in early 2021 and Drusilla, my wife of 52 years, died of a neurological disease, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), in May of 2021.
Since I am now unable to provide the same level of support as we used to, I have made MACREX available free. This is exactly the same fully functional version and will continue to be updated from time to time. I have also set up a google group, Macrex-international, which by which MACREX users can support each other. If you would like to join this group let me know. There are also experienced US-based users who are happy to help people. I am happy to provide support also, but I can’t guarantee my response time.
I am inviting voluntary donations to support the MACREX web site hosting, with any excess going to the PSP Association, UK. Donations can be made to me via PayPal using email@example.com as the email address or directly to the PSP association via their web page (https://pspassociation.org.uk/). To contact me directly email firstname.lastname@example.org.
North American users of my distribution will need to make one adjustment after installing the program to make sure the keyboard works correctly. From the main screen select Options->General Option 2->B – Set country (dates and keyboard) to United States and then press <ESCAPE> to save as the default.
North American Users can also contact Do Mi Stauber - email@example.com – for advice. The program that was distributed by Gale Rhoades was exactly the same program but with different configuration files to support house styles used by various US publishers.
Note that the configuration files have been changed on 4 December 2022 to facilitate the production of .rtf files from the Output menu.
Unfortunately these were omitted from the MACREX version 9 copies distributed until 5 December 2014, so they are available for download here. They support the use of Unicode characters which will be transferred to the HTML output. To use them download the file html.zip and unzip the two files it contains into you MACREX default folder. You can then load them in the ordinary way from the MACREX output program. The files are called htmlv9001.lay and htmlv9002.mwp. You can also download them separately by right-clicking on the file names and selecting "Save file as".
This help file describes the feature that will make a draft index by scanning a html website. Click the link here and save a copy on your computer if you would like to use it offline.
MACREX Version 9 brings new features, flexibility and ease of use compared to Version 8. In particular we support indexing html documents, flexible colour schemes to help you know where you are and which version of MACREX you are using, and more flexible and extensive support for Unicode characters.
You can do everything in v 9 that you could do in v 8 plus the following
And finally, as has always been possible backup files from any previous version of MACREX can be loaded into v9
Below is the information on how Version 8 improves on Version 7, and also additional downloads.
MACREX version 8.1 was a major upgrade to previous versions. It had a host of new features to enhance usability and functionality as well as fixing all the known bugs in previous versions. The new features included:
The demonstration version has all the functionality of the full version except that it is restricted to 300 entries and the maximum length of entries is 500 characters.
If you are familiar with downloading and running programs from the internet you can scroll down to the MACREX-9 Demo download link at the end of these instructions. If not we recommend that you read all the following notes. Windows 10 and many antivirus programs provide a lot of checks to make sure that users don't install viruses and other harmful programs. This includes blocking any program that they don't recognise. This means that you will get lots of messages saying that MACREX might harm your computer and recommending that you don't run it. We check our computers and our copies of MACREX very carefully using professional antivirus software so we are confident that MACREX does not contain virus code or other damaging software.
Requires Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 10. Windows 7 or later recommended.
Compatible with 32 and 64 bit Windows versions.
Many users runs MACREX successfully under under Parallels on a Mac although currently we can't support this.
Click "View downloads" and you will see
Click "Run" and you will see
Click "More Info" and you will see
Click on Run anyway to continue the installation
Click here to download the MACREX Version 9 Demonstration Version
Will MACREX work on Windows 10?
MACREX is already in use on a number of machines running various versions of Windows 10. We are using Windows 10 exclusively for MACREX use, support and development. Apart from the annoyances during installation (see above) we have not encountered any serious problems. There were some Windows 10 computers where the mouse did not work but this has been corrected in the current version (9.10R046). We are fully committed to supporting MACREX on this platforms.
What will installing the demonstration version do to my computer? Click here for details.
I already have MACREX Version 7 or 8 Installed. Will installing MACREX Version 9 demonstration version affect this?
MACREX Version 9 Demonstration Version (and indeed the full version) will run alongside any previous versions of MACREX without problems.
Basic Basics (as you might expect) teaches you the basic skills needed to make indexes in MACREX.
Should I upgrade? This presentation introduces some of the many advanced and unique features of MACREX Version 8 which permit you to enhance the quality of your final index as well as to save your valuable time. In addition MACREX Version 9 offers even more useful features. Click here to see them.
These utilities are stand-alone programs, originally designed to accompany MACREX Version 6. Much if their functionality is now included in the main body of MACREX, but some people still find it useful to use them on their own. The existing versions would not run on 64 bit versions of Windows, so we have recompiled them so that they will now run with all versions of Windows. They have all had '2' added to the file name to indicate that they are the new versions, but functionally they are identical to the old ones. Please note that these are only intended for experienced or adventurous users! Also your web browser may tell you that they may harm your computer - ignore this.
program will ask you for the name of a .MBK file to read from, the name of an
output file to receive the "stripped" version of the .MBK file and
the text to define which lines are to be stripped and copied to the output
which is to be stripped will be scanned one line at a time. If the text which
has been selected to be removed is present at the beginning of the line it will
be removed and the rest of the line written to the new
output file. If the text to be removed is not present the whole line will be
ignored and will not be written to the output file.
You can use this to split multiple indexes. For example if all the authors have been entered under A by prefixing them with a, ( A, comma, space) and all the subjects under S in a similar way, you can prepare separate backup files containing the subjects and authors by stripping first a, (don't forget to type the space) and then s, to different output files.
This program will allow you to create a sub-index from an existing index. The sub-index will contain all of the entries which do (or do not) contain a particular word or phrase. It works on a backup (.MBK) file and produces a second backup file. The text used to select the entries may contain "wildcards"or "regular expressions". This means that the symbols \^$?:*+- have a special meaning. See the Help option on next menu for more information.
This program will process a file prior which has been prepared using a text editor prior to loading it into MACREX by the "Copy a backup file" option. It will
1. Perform punctuation corrections and checks
2. Replace 0 keywords
3. Duplicate subheadings denoted by _
The function of VOLFRIG is exactly like that of CORRECT except that it will also insert volume numbers in appropriate places, eg cows 1.14, 19, 22, 2.11, 33 will be changed to cows 1.14, 1.19, 1.22, 2.11, 2.33If there are volume separators (eg cows 1.14, 19, 22: 2.11, 33) these must be replaced with commas before processing with VOLFRIG.
This program can do two things
1. It will generate a list of all the main headings used in a MACREX backup (.MBK) file and place these in another file. Providing that the correct text for cross-references ("see also") references is used it will also show which headings are cross-referenced. The backup file needs to be sorted for this program to work correctly.
2. It will copy the MACREX backup file to another file and strip off all the page references in the new file.
These are copies of the email list containing ongoing discussion by MACREX users. They are provided in PDF format for each individual year, or it is possible to access the PDFs from 1998 through 2001 in one zip file. They are for existing MACREX users only. They are password protected; contact us with your serial number to obtain the password.
macrex_list_1998.pdf 361,465 bytes
macrex_list_1999.pdf 652,619 bytes
macrex_list_2000.pdf 746,502 bytes
macrex_list_2001.pdf 458,266 bytes
macrex_list_2002.pdf 493,496 bytes
macrex_list_2003.pdf 164,061 bytes
macrex_list_2004.pdf 234,954 bytes
macrex_list_2005.pdf 230,448 bytes
macrex_list_2006.pdf 237,365 bytes
macrex_list_2007.pdf 571,704 bytes
macrex_list_2008.pdf 271,290 bytes
macrex_list_2009.pdf 485,564 bytes
macrex_list_1998_to_2009.zip 3,686,126 bytes
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