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joemiller -at- canberra -dot- com wrote:
> By contrast, FrameMaker's last release, the first one in several years,
> was primarily a bug fix; there's been nothing new in Frame for a long
> time. Of course, if nothing is added, there's nothing to go wrong.
FrameMaker has had a release every two years, for almost ten years.
If you're complaining that it took four years to get from 5.0 to 6.0
due to the 5.5 release, personally I prefer bug fixes to creeping
featurism. I would also point out that other software programs have
had full-number releases with fewer new features than the jump from
FM5.0 to FM5.5.
I realize I sound a little belligerent here. I'm a known FM bigot,
and I don't like to see people taking cheap shots at it. There are
plenty of valid criticisms, but release schedule is not one of them.
> I suppose that can be a positive, unless you need the new features
> that aren't there! <g>
If you want to get all weepy over the sparkly new features that FM
is missing, buy me a drink and I'll tell you how FM could have been
the primary tool for web page creation and browsing. (*sigh*)
Brierley, Sean wrote:
> To use FrameMaker with ForeHelp, you save the FrameMaker book as MIF,
> a native binary format of FrameMaker,
MIF (Maker Interchange Format) is an ASCII format.
Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans eeyore+ -at- cmu -dot- edu