Re: Manuals in InDesign

Subject: Re: Manuals in InDesign
From: "Amanda A" <bluestreaker1977 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 09:44:23 -0700

Sure... Our product's documentation goes out to entertainment and marketing people. With a price point for each system over 100k, they want the documentation to look flashy and exciting. I can't figure out how to make it look flashy in framemaker so since I need to buy a license for something anyway, I thought CS2 and hiring a graphic artist might be a good solution. I know the individual programs except for InDesign, but don't have the artistic talent. The manuals will run about 80-120 pages though.

I hate the idea of making documentation flashy, but I do understand the reasoning and have seen other companies "throw away docs". I saved my HR packet from Disney for years. It was a design straight out of an art student's portfolio.

I just cringe at the idea of giving up the text exclusion capabilities of Framemaker.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter Gold" <peter -at- knowhowpro -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 7:17 AM
Subject: Re: Manuals in InDesign

There's another thread on this list that describes some of the well-known shortcomings of InDesign vs. FrameMaker, for authoring technical publications.

If you could share any compelling reasons you have for considering InDesign for your layout needs, perhaps folks on this list can respond with suggestions.


Peter Gold


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