RE: Framemaker vs. Pagemaker

Subject: RE: Framemaker vs. Pagemaker
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 10:03:43 -0500

Demo versions of FrameMaker are kind of useless, IMHO, because there is no
Save option. Aside from the obvious limitations of that, you are also
prevented--I believe--from creating indices, generated tables, like TOC, and
cross-references. I'm not sure these limitations make the demo worthwhile
for a classroom environment. The best path, I think, is to buy as many seats
as you need using Adobe's very generous educational discounts </jealousy>.

I am concerned about the length of the class described by the original
poster. FrameMaker does not have a Windowsy look and feel, that makes the
learning curve a little steeper. Folks who have experienced Corel Ventura,
Interleaf, or even PageMaker and Quark will have a leg-up on the Microsoft
Word set. Nonetheless, the class might be short enough just to frustrate the

In short, FrameMaker is a tool that is commonly used in tech writing. I
recommend if you are considering teaching a class on FrameMaker, that you
buy the software, get Adobe's Classroom in a Book for FrameMaker and
FrameMaker for Dummies, and get comfy with the software create some
documents. After that, I recommend you wrap up by taking a beginner and
intermediate class in FrameMaker from an Adobe certified trainer. After all
of that investment, I think a teacher would have enough information to
determine what students could learn in how much time.

Best regards,

sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ridder, Fred [SMTP:Fred -dot- Ridder -at- Dialogic -dot- com]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 9:28 AM
> Subject: RE: Framemaker vs. Pagemaker
> In responding to Jessica's query about whether to teach FrameMaker
> vs. PageMaker, Patty Ewy <pewy -at- GreatPlains -dot- com> wrote (in part):
> >You might also see if you can get a trial version of Frame, so that at
> least
> >the students can see how it works.
> If you know anyone who owns a copy of FrameMaker and who
> is willing to loan you their product CD for a while, you can install demo
> versions of FrameMaker on as many computers as you want to.

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