TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:software used From:jmaechtlen -at- amada -dot- com (Jay Maechtlen) To:"techwriter list (E-mail)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Fri, 24 Mar 2000 09:25:43 -0800
Greetings from a token Ventura user
Over the 17+ years that I've been here, we've never had a tech writing
I've done it, others have done it, using whatever.
When I had the chance to move up from Wordstar, I campaigned for Ventura
(and got it), cause it seemed to be more powerful than Pagemaker and was
reputed to be better at graphics than Framemaker.
It was probably a bunch cheaper too, but I don't remember.
One or two others used Ventura, and got bludgeoned into using Pagemaker by a
boss that "thought"... well, never mind. So, now I'm rebuilding some
horribly bastardised Pagemaker documents- 'cause these guys had even less of
a clue than I did.
And I've upgradeed through the years, to Ventura 8.
Yes, is still has eccentricities, but it still has a great combination of
graphics power and long-document features.
I have seen and recieved some great-looking Word documents. Unfortunately, I
have very poor success at working with them. I expect it to handle graphics
in an easily controllable manner (like Ventura), and (for me) it doesn't.
As our (my!) department grows, It will be interesting to introduce people to