Re: Adobe Framemaker Ver. 6.0 Upgrade for Windows

Subject: Re: Adobe Framemaker Ver. 6.0 Upgrade for Windows
From: CHRISTINE ANAMEIER <CANAMEIE -at- email -dot- usps -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 11:43:00 -0500

Hi Steve,

I don't mean to discourage you, but I would question whether it's
really worth the money to go out and get Framemaker. Three reasons, in
no particular order:

(1) There are plenty of TW jobs out there that don't require Frame.
I've worked four years now without ever using Framemaker. (Main tools
I've used recently: Word, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, RoboHelp... all but
Word I learned on the job.)

(2) Tools are only part of being a tech writer. A really solid writer
can pick up the tools as they go. It's more important to know how to
write well and organize information. Also--pragmatically
speaking--it's wise to iron out any idiosyncrasies in your grammar,
punctuation, or capitalization. Many employers will regard
non-standard English usage as a red flag.

(3) Many employers who insist on experience in specific tools will
also insist that it be *on-the-job* experience. "I taught myself
FrameMaker at home" doesn't go far with these employers. I know,
catch-22: how do you get the experience on the job when you can't get
the job without the experience? We've groused about that endlessly on
this list. Usually we manage to get a break somewhere and then learn
the tools on the job, but in the current job market, it's harder to
get a break.

A few other random mini-answers to your other questions: FM for Mac
and PC should be very very similar if not identical (someone correct
me if I'm wrong on that). Most businesses probably use the most recent
version or the one before that. And the upgrade version will not
install without a previous version on hand.

Good luck to you.

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