RE: Interleaf

Subject: RE: Interleaf
From: <dcreuziger -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 9:48:33 -0400

I've been an Interleaf fan for a long time. Having used it exclusively from 1990-2000, then worked for a while in a Framemaker shop, and am now back to using Interleaf. Of course the company was bought a few years ago by Broadvision, and the product is now called Quicksilver.

For a quick comparison, I think it's similar to FrameMaker in that it handles long documents with ease. Also it uses catalogs (templates), components (styles), inline components (variables), and autonumbers. It also uses the concept of a "book" container that groups multiple catalogs and the actual content documents. I've heard the comment that the Interleaf user interface is "hard to learn". Personally, I don't agree. And once you get a few of the concepts down and "how" Interleaf does things, I think it's a very powerful piece of software.

However, you will find that there's not a lot of job openings that are looking for Interleaf experience. It seems to be a niche market, but sometimes it can make for a good contracting or special position. To illustrate, my current company bought the company I worked for from 1990-2000. One reason I got this job with my current company is because of my Interleaf experience. Basically, the books (all 61 of them) haven't been updated since 2000 because none of the 150 writers knew Interleaf. Their plan was to convert all the doc to Word. <shudder>

Hope that helps. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any other Interleaf questions.


Debbie Creuziger
Computer Associates
Technical Writer
x 83638
tel: +1 703.708.3638
debbie -dot- creuziger -at- ca -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: R D [mailto:jaguarjamus -at- yahoo -dot- com]

I'm applying for a job that requires Interleaf
experience. Has anyone used Interleaf? What could you
tell me about it? Is it similar to FrameMaker?

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