RE: Help with Word templates and "conversion"

Subject: RE: Help with Word templates and "conversion"
From: "Steve Hudson" <cruddy -at- optushome -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 19:10:36 +1000

Whichever you go, you need a batch process. This means that either tool is
as suitable as the old. Unfortunately the flamemaker user who replied
obviously has no idea about how word works or they wouldn't have made the
stupid statement they did.

I challenge them to provide as easy a solution in as few words. Quite
frankly, we all know that's impossible. General Advice: "Every successful
person I have known has stuck to what they are good at".

Manual method: Load every document, use Tools > Templates and Add-ins to
change the base template. Tick update styles, save, reload, untick update

Automatic Method <Laughs at Flamemaker users>


click the VBA button, go down to files and folders. That section provides
the macro for loading a bunch of files in batch.

Now, do what I told you to do as a manual process and record it as a macro.
Insert this into the first macro and you have a fully automated solution.

If you want hand-holding during this process, you are more than welcome to
use my live advice line.

PS: Fair dinkum.

I have just about had it with posts that go like

"I am trying to use Flamemaker to do this - help please."

and someone replies "You should use Word instead"

This helps NOBODY. Comprende?

Steve Hudson - Word Heretic, Sydney, Australia
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-----Original Message-----
From: Snyder Heater, Regina


This list was so helpful with my CD Interface query several weeks back that
I thought I'd try another one:

I'm using Word 2000 on a PC. I also have FrameMaker 6.0 (Frame 7.0 is on
its way). I have Filtrix, too.

The task: Convert hundreds of user documentation files from Template A (old
company) to Template B (new company). I need to apply Template B (new
header, cover and copyright statement)to each of the documents in the most
expeditious manner, meaning I don't have the time to go through each
document to make changes to the formatting.

I've tried copying the content from the "old" docs to the new template, but
the headers and footers change. Is there a way I can just copy the content
without copying the headers?

I've thought about utilizing Frame, converting the docs to mif and then
applying my doc template, but previous experience tells me that would take
more time than I have, given the number of documents and their size (some of
them are 200-300+ pages).

Any thoughts and ideas you have are welcome. I've been using Frame for so
long now that I don't use Word for anything more than faxes and memos, so
forgive me if I'm missing something very simple in Word.

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