Every book or PDF article I've ever scanned/OCRed is in a library of several thousand Word docs, all structured with headings for chapters and sections. This has been fine for 25 years or so on the PC, but I'm really having difficulty switching to the Mac because Word for Mac 2016 is currently choking on these documents, either because of the sheer length of some of them or else something in how Kurzweil 1000 saved metadata or images that I can't get rid of. Many sighted Mac users are having some of the same problems with book-length documents in Word for Mac 2016. So, I'm hunting for alternatives that I can convert my library into, one file at a time as I need them (most of the files, I won't ever need again).
My requirements are to be able to quickly navigate to chapter and section by heading level, and to add annotations. I would also hope to keep it transportable between Mac and PC if possible. Any ideas, folks?
Here are the things I've thought of:
* I have Scriviner and could import them, using the cork board for annotations. I'm new to the software, and it seems rather "busy" for this purpose, though it makes loads of sense for template-based writing.
Also, the PC version seems totally inaccessible, although I haven't gotten past the installer.
* I could chop them up into sections/pages (chapters/subchapters) into Microsoft OneNote, which at first glance seems rather accessible now. One notebook per book. That's lots of work, though, and I lose the ability to read my books on PC because OneNote isn't accessible on PC still and the file format is proprietary.
* Convert to Daisy. Forum discussions on here indicate that there's a real paucity of software for daisy-reading, and I've certainly found that to be the case. ReadHear appears not to have been updated in 3-4 years: their Web page said "EPUB support coming soon" when the app directory entry was written, and it still says that now!
* Pages is out because they took away Outline view, so there's no document map for quickly navigating. I suppose I could generate tables of contents for all files, but then I'd have to continually return to the top of the document to navigate. Also lose the ability to read on PC.
* chop each word doc into chapters and save them each as separate Word files in a book folder. Yuck. Also seems not to strictly work, since even short PDF articles that have gone through K1000 mess up royally, even after resesaving as rtf. Even txt files of 300 pages or so freeze my MBA for 28 seconds when moving to a new page.
I hope I'm missing something. I've been waiting for Word for Mac to work the bugs out now for quite a while, but I'm really interested in finding an alternative. MarkDown would work great, but I ran into problems finding MarkDown software that could jump by heading or offer a document map of headings/subheadings, plus I haven't found any accessible markdown editors for Windows.