Witzend Index System

The Witzend Concordance Index System creates a concordance index of any large written work, able to pinpoint instantly the location of words and phrases. Enables publishers, writers, and offices to prepare a complete online index for books, company manuals, law depositions, and reports.

The Concordance Index Sytem is ideal for your non-fiction literature to which readers may refer back many times -- works such as technical books, histories, reference books, and so forth. It provides an excellent addition to the book’s printed index, ensuring that your readers can always find even those words and phrases not listed in the index.

What is a Concordance?

The Witzend Concordance Index System analyzes a written work to compile a list of every word and its location in the manuscript. The result is a sophisticated index system known to wordsmiths as a concordance. After preparing the concordance list, you need only distribute both the Index program and the compiled keyword file with your book or manuscript. The Concordance Index system allows the reader to instantly locate any words in the book, displaying the page and paragraph number where the words are found in the written text. The Index program recognizes word associations through AND, OR, and NOT operators.

For example, consider a concordance of Shakespeare’s Henry V. The reader who remembers only two or three words of Henry’s stirring speech before the fields of Agincourt can quickly locate the entire text in the manuscript. Words such as Crispian and happy few are all that’s needed for the Witzend Index program to point the reader to the page and paragraph containing the desired text:

This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition

How the Index System Works

The Witzend Concordance Index System involves two steps:

  • Submit to Witzend Software your manuscript files from which we prepare the concordance database (Index.key). Manuscript files can be in nearly any text-based format for Windows, such as DOC, TXT, RTF, and PDF (Adobe Acrobat)

  • Distribute both Index.key and the Index.exe program to your readers.

Your company’s Web site generally offers the best means of distributing the Index program, allowing readers to simply download the required files. (Witzend Software can provide Web space for you, if desired.) Computer books packaged with a diskette or CD-ROM make distribution even easier, since the Index files can be conveniently included with each book.

Licensing the Index System requires only a one-time fee for each title; thereafter you may distribute the Index.key and Index.exe files as often as you wish.

Try the Index System Yourself

You can evaluate the Index System for yourself  by downloading a demonstration version of the program, which includes the Index.exe program and a keyword file for the 700-page book Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Programmer’s Guide, published by Microsoft Press, 1998. The download file is named Setup2.exe (388K), which unzips into the files Index.exe, Index.hlp, and Index.key. The Setup2 program (and the Index program itself) run under all modern versions of Windows.

The Setup2 program offers to start the Index program for you, and also lets you view the included Readme file. We recommend at least skimming through the Readme because it includes important information about the Index System.

The Index program includes its own online help, which you can activate by right-clicking on any feature. Please feel free to experiment with the program, as experimentation is the best way to gain a feel for how the Index System can serve you and your readers.

The Index program does not alter any files or make any changes to your registry. When you are finished with your evaluation, simply delete the files.


A license for the Witzend Concordance Index System allows you to distribute royalty-free as many copies of the program as you wish. Licensing is available under two different price structures, depending on the size of the material to be indexed.

For your first manuscript of less than 250 pages, the license fee is $1495 US. For larger manuscripts, the first-time license fee is $1995 US. For all titles thereafter, the fee is reduced to $1395 and $1795, respectively.

Both price structures include a 30-day warranty and technical support.

Witzend Index System