Re: Why should I be worried about the merger?

Subject: Re: Why should I be worried about the merger?
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 21:04:37 -0400


> It depends on the nature of your work. Lots of people include web design
> and graphic design as part of their duties, especially
> long tech-writers. I've usually done so myself.
> More importantly, RoboHelp is a frequently used tool for tech-writers.
> Given Adobe's policy towards FrameMaker, it's probably reasonable to
> have a moment or two of concern if RoboHelp is part of your tool box.

RoboHelp should have become a concern almost a month ago. ;-)

Yes, I include web design and graphic design as part of my skills
offerings. Whether I use Adobe or Macromedia or Corel or another
company's products to do my work is moot. It'll take me a little time
(usually an hour or two) to get up and running with a new tool that
does these things. It'd take me much longer if I knew nothing about
web authoring and graphic design, and only the tool I used to do it.
Switching from a Cooper Mini to a H2 will probably be a bit
intimidating at first, but it's much easier to do so if you know how
to drive in the first place.

> > I don't see the proprietary nature of Flash to be a monumental issue
> > plaguing the technical writing community.
>
> Actually, it should be -- not so much Flash itself, but the proprietary
> nature of most of the tools and formats that tech-writers depend on. If
> proprietary software wasn't so widely used, then people would be less
> affected by corporate whims, and the announcements of mergers would
> cause less concern.

If proprietary software wasn't so widely used, a lot more of us would
be jobless today.

> Unfortunately, too many people are still unaware of alternatives.

But they do like the paychecks.

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