RE: techwr-l digest: June 28, 2001

Subject: RE: techwr-l digest: June 28, 2001
From: "Mike Starr" <writstar -at- wi -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 03:20:04 -0500

If your output needs to be PDF and you've already got Word, all you need is
a copy of Acrobat and you're in business. I've been developing PDFs with
Word and Acrobat for several years and I'm just tickled pink with the

I've only experimented a little bit with Word's HTML output; not enough to
offer any opinion. For an HTML solution, I'd probably be inclined to use
ForeHelp. I've had great luck with Word ==> RTF ==> ForeHelp ==> WinHelp or

If your ultimate objective is to make your documents "online enabled" then
I'd recommend sticking with Word and Acrobat; Negligible additional costs,
minor learning curve. All the other options are going to cost you more and
take you much longer to learn.


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-----------------------Original Message-----------------------
>From: TECHWR-L digest [mailto:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]
>Subject: single source tool eval
>From: "Carol Chung" <cychung55 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
>Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 12:01:01 -0700
>X-Message-Number: 47
>Hi, I'm starting to gather info on single-source documentation options.
>Currently our sources are in Word but need to be published to html or pdf.
>Does anyone have a quick comparison list (pros/cons) for these tools:
>1. Framemaker/Webworks
>2. Doc2Help
>3. Arbortext (Epic?)
>If you don't have comparison data but can share direct experience about
>strength/weaknesses on a tool, that would help too.
>-thanks, Carol Chung
>Tornado Development


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