Reviewing FrameMaker documents

Subject: Reviewing FrameMaker documents
From: "Cheryl Magadieu" <cmagadieu -at- avaki -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004 16:34:06 -0400


We are looking into ways to share FrameMaker documents with reviewers who
don't have FrameMaker or the full version of Acrobat. Our company is small,
and we have a small budget to match. We are leaning toward WebWorks
FinalDraft:

http://www.webworks.com/products/wwfd/overview.aspx

WebWorks FinalDraft would cost $399 for each writer (there are two of us),
and each reviewer would need the free FinalDraft Internet Explorer plug-in.
FinalDraft produces HTML files for review and has tools for managing and
tracking drafts, reviewers, and comments.

We are also considering the Jaws PDF Editor:

http://www.jawspdf.com/pdf_editor/index.html

The Jaws PDF Editor costs $35 for each user (we'd have about 20 users). With
Jaws, you can highlight, underline, or strike out existing text, and you can
add sticky-note-style comments. You can also do page-level manipulations
(add, delete, and reorder), and edit bookmarks.

One drawback to using the WebWorks product is that review copies are in
HTML. Currently, our documents are distributed as PDFs, although we'd like
to distribute them as HTML files someday. (We have WebWorks Standard, and we
are undecided about whether to buy WebWorks Publisher Professional or
RoboHelp for FrameMaker--a whole other topic.) Our templates are not
optimized for single-sourcing as both PDFs and HTML, so if we're going to
distribute review copies in HTML, we'll need to tweak our templates
accordingly.

If you've considered or tried FinalDraft or Jaws, I'd appreciate hearing
what you think of the software.

............................................................
Cheryl



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