This article is from the Macintosh application software FAQ, by Elliotte Harold firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Matthew Nodine's WordRef 1.4.1 (shareware, $25) uses some truly
inspired hacks to make cross-referencing and auto-numbering of
figures, tables, sections, equations or whatever else you might care
to count almost simple. (It gets genuinely simple in Word 6.0 where
these features are built directly into Word.) WordRef will also
automatically generate BibTeX style bibliographies. The writer
defines variables for each reference or number series while writing.
These variables can be operated on by various arithmetic and logical
operators (so a little programming experience is helpful though not
absolutely necessary.) When you're ready to prepare a draft, WordRef
will resolve all references and citations into Word PrintMerge
variables. Then PrintMerge produces the final output. The procedure
is more complicated than it would be if Microsoft incorporated these
features into Word, but for the moment WordRef should serve most
users' cross-referencing needs well. See