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Yes, all these warnings to stick to a single version, not to round-trip
between versions, etc. make good sense. I just have a cumpulsion to
I have a client that hasn't upgraded to 6.0. We're producing huge PDFs
- so huge that 5.5.6 can't do it because of the PDF bloat problem. And,
we're communicationg strictly through the wire.
The template was designed in 5.5.6, so there are no problems with lost
features due to translating down. They send me many megabytes of data
in MIF that is 5.5 compatible. I produce the book in 6.0, optimize PDF,
then generate the PDF and send it to them. Then I save the book as MIF
(I wrote a freeware tool to do that easily), zip up the MIF and send
that to them as the source. One advantage is that 40 Meg of MIF zips up
to about 2 Meg. If they need to do anything with the source files, they
can. Of course, they don't plan on generating the MIF - they need 6.0
to do that and just let me do it for them.
But we are using different versions of Maker very successfully, have a
very specific work flow, and turn around huge amounts of data in very
These guys are *busy*, they're not font-head tech writers, and they only
have one or two versions of Maker inhouse. They don't want to know
about it, they don't want to upgrade, they don't want to lay awake at
night pondering the finer points of this tool vs that or other things of
the sort. They want to get their product out. I point out this work
flow only to suggest that the issue isn't always so cut and dried.
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