RE: Framemaker, Word and Robohelp

Subject: RE: Framemaker, Word and Robohelp
From: <christopher -dot- borresen -at- tellabs -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 08:16:07 -0600

"Eichelberger, Mark C. -AFTECH" <EichelbergerM -at- AFTECH -dot- com> wrote in
message
news:86716 -at- techwr-l -dot- -dot- -dot-
> We are currently using Word 2000 to create source documents which are
then
> converted to Adobe PDF format for distribution to clients via CD-ROM.


Framemaker and Adobe Distiller do a great job of creating PDF files.
Framemaker takes very little time to learn, especially with previous
word processing experience. I recommend taking a beginner/intermediate
course to cover the basics.

<There are those who swear by FrameMaker and WebWorks Publisher. I've
never
been in an environment where that combination was used, but I've done
some
testing. If you think FrameMaker has a steep learning curve.....>

This is the environment I learned first and I just created my first
help file with WWP after three months on the job and no previous tech
writing experience. I'd call that a pretty intuitive environment.

<A final note: while FrameMaker is great for those long documents, it
isn't
the be-all-end-all, and has its issues of its own, inlcuding crashes,
an obtuse interface...>

We run Windows NT 4 on IBM Thinkpads and I have not seen Framemaker
crash yet. I agree that the UI is obtuse, but it's also simple and not
cluttered. Geez, I sound like an Adobe rep.

Chris Borresen
Associate Technical Writer
Tellabs


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