Re: Writing tools: Quark, FrameMaker and others

Subject: Re: Writing tools: Quark, FrameMaker and others
From: fffish -at- zkey -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 9:59:10

> At 22:37 06/03/2001, you wrote:
> I've just started to get acquainted with FrameMaker (coming from
> Word 2000) and find FrameMaker very awkward and difficult to use.
> In my humble opinion, it is not very intuitive and the learning
> curve is very steep indeed! An additional problem is the


> I've never used Quark for any length of time, but I wasn't too
> impressed with that either... At the moment I wish MacroMedia
> would bring out a DTP program

Let me reiterate:

Ventura has an *excellent* interface. It is extremely powerful: it
and FrameMaker are neck-to-neck, and both of them blow the out-of-
the-box Quark away (Quark only becomes useful for long-doc publishing
once you drop several thousand dollars on plugins).

I recommend that *everyone* at least demo the software. It costs you all of
ten bucks to get the demo CD, which provides you with a time-limited,
fully-featured demo -- *all* commands work: the product is

For a quick (and remarkably ugly--the jpgs are over-compressed) overview of
the UI, see

Finally, for a comprehensive *and even-handed* comparison of Ventura,
FrameMaker, PageMaker and Quark Xpress, see

The latter is important: there may be features that you *need* to have,
that FrameMaker offers but Ventura does not. Or vice-versa.


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