RE: FrameMaker 6.1 to 5.5

Subject: RE: FrameMaker 6.1 to 5.5
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 09:00:25 -0400

Well, yes, you can swap FrameMaker ASCII files (MIF) but I don't recommend
it. FrameMaker 6.0 (I don't think 6.1 exists) changes a very few things, but
these include adding the extremely useful <$chapnum> variable and also
changes to numbering chapters in general. This means, you'll probably have
to redefine the TOC and maybe index when you work in 5.x and then redefine
them again when the project comes back to 6.0. That is, I really don't
recommend roundtripping between FrameMaker 6 and FrameMaker 5.5.

Instead, pick one FrameMaker version for the project and stick to it.
FrameMaker 5.5.6 was a solid version, use it. Or, FrameMaker 6 is solid,
too, stick with that. And, consider that the upgrade from FrameMaker 5.x to
6.0 is only $225ish, that's the equivalent of, what, four or five hours of
labor by the contractor . . . somebody buy the upgrade.

Cheers,

Sean
sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Iggy [SMTP:iggy_1996dp -at- yahoo -dot- com]
>
> > Is FM backward compatible? A contractor has asked if
> > he can use 5.5 with 6.1 files.
>
> You need to hand the MIF files back over to the 5.5
> user. You can accept FM files back from the 5.5 user.
> Not a wonderful solution, but one that works.

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