RE: PageMaker vs. InDesign (vs. FrameMaker)

Subject: RE: PageMaker vs. InDesign (vs. FrameMaker)
From: "Sarah R. Evans" <sevans -at- sigem -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 15:42:47 -0400


I know the rumors have been flying about Adobe dropping FrameMaker.
-Anyone know if they are going to drop PageMaker?
-Should we teach InDesign instead? Anyone even use it? Will our students
benefit by learning one package over the other if our goal is to teach



I use InDesign but only for data sheets and other short, design heavy docs.
I was sceptical at first (die-hard Quark user) but it is pretty good for
what it is meant for. I do believe PageMaker is being phased out -- Adobe is
offering InDesign to PageMaker users at a discounted price and encouraging
them to switch. However, I don't think it is a good tool for technical
docs -- frankly, I wouldn't even think to use it for that. Frame seems to be
the standard tool for tech writers so your students would probably be best
served by learning that -- but if your school is just interested in
switching to Indesign, be assured that is a decent tool. Recently, Adobe's
web site put an article on it clearly stating it was NOT dropping Framemaker
so don't let that rumour affect your school's decision.

Hope this helps!

Sarah R. Evans
Technical Writer
SiGEM Inc.
84 Hines Rd.
Ottawa, ON K2K 3G3
mailto:sevans -at- sigem -dot- com


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