June 9, 2008 in Software (E)
[prMac.com] Tel Aviv, Israel - Mellel 2.5, released today by RedleX, takes cross referencing on Mac OS X to the next level, offering an elegant solution to the three most troubling problems with cross referencing.
"We took a long, hard look at the problems users encounter with cross referencing and did not like at all what we saw," says Eyal Redler, RedleX's CTO. "To enter a simple reference, such as 'see footnote 2 on page 45 below' with other word processors, you were forced to jump through hoops, mixing typing text and using 3 separate references, so our first mission was to make entering such a reference a one step thing."
Mellel's reference entry dialogue allows, accordingly, to create complex reference formats, composed of different elements such as reference to the page number, position in the text (above, next page, below, etc.), page range, and so on. Best of all, users can save and re-use such formats again and again, making the necessary modifications as they go along.
"Yet another problem was the lack of relevant information," Says Redler. "Want to reference an image or a bookmark? You have to go through a list of names, without being able to see the image or the context in which the bookmark is. Most users end up browsing the document, finding the thing they want to reference, memorising its name, going back to where they were to enter the reference. Now do that 500 times in a 500 pages manuscript. That's insanely not great."
Mellel allows users to view bookmarks, images, headings, footnotes, figures, etc. in context and as they appear in the text. An image preview, for example, helps users identify images in the document with ease; Bookmarks appear with their surrounding text.
"Another annoying tendency of most word processors, is their habit of not telling you what's going on," says Redler. "It's like flying blindfolded in a storm. Want to see if there's a problem with a reference? You'll need to print it, sift through the entire document, and re-create all the faulty references... and try again."
This rarely happen with Mellel. References are updated "live," so users can see changes reflected immediately, and do not have to manually update or print the document. Mellel offers a tool to track down references to non-existing targets. Best of all, Mellel tracks problems so nicely, it also offers the option to create such problems in the form of references to virtual targets - chapters that were not written yet, images that will be added later, and so on.
Pricing and Availability:
Mellel 2.5 is free to all registered users of Mellel who've purchased Mellel after May 2006. Users who've purchased Mellel earlier can purchase an upgrade ($19 USD).
Mellel 2.5 is available for download now, from the servers listed below. The price for a single user license is $49 USD, Educational license is $35 USD, 5 Pack license (5 separate licenses) is $99 USD. A Boxed Edition of Mellel is also available for $64 USD (including shipping costs).
RedleX was founded in 2002 by Eyal and Ori Redler. The company is privately held and headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.