I'm writing a book and it requires an immense amount of footnotes, endnotes and a bibliography. I started in Word, and after 200 references and 300 citations, Word is slow and clunky. I am now switching to Mellel.

My question is what would be a good workflow to bring the Mellel document into InDesign that would make type-setting easy and automated as much as possible. I'm using styles, of course. Should I export to a particular format (RTF?) or is docx better for import into InDesign from a Word Document? It seems counterintuitive (to export to another format first) perhaps it might be better to simply hire a professional typesetter to import the document. I was thinking of saving time and money by paying someone to fine-tune an existing InDesign document that was already imported.

I should mention that I have worked with InDesign designing graphic intensive (minimal text).

  • As long as you’re using styles, any format that supports styles should work. I don’t think I’ve ever imported an RTF document with styles, so I don’t know offhand what the import options look like there, but for Word documents, they’re fairly extensive, allowing you to manually map styles in the imported file to styles in your InDesign document. Doing this consistently means you can then select all text and remove all the many manual overrides that Word creates whether you want it to or not (I don’t know how bad Mellel is at that). May 6 at 16:56
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    I'm uncertain how many here would have any experience with Mellel. I've never heard of it until your question. (Which, admittedly, may mean very little overall :) )
    – Scott
    May 9 at 20:15
  • If you use a Mac and are in anyway academically inclined, it is a standard word processor used by Mac Owners in Academia.
    – Danny F
    May 11 at 7:12


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