Re: InDesign not a Frame substitute

Subject: Re: InDesign not a Frame substitute
From: "Mike O." <obie1121 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 09:35:14 -0700 (PDT)

David Neeley wrote:
> In my view, Adobe dropped the ball long ago by not
> producing a Frame-compatible but more lightweight
> version that could be sold cheaply for engineers
> and others who need to review documents

Acrobat Reader

> and write simple engineering docs and the like.

WordPad... Word...

> If they had done this in a timely fashion (before
> Word became quite so entrenched), they would
> absolutely *own* the documentation market today

Only if they sold FM in an office suite that also happened to include
the best-of-breed spreadsheet and presentation tools, and cost less
than the current price of FM.

>From a PHB point of view, Word matches up pretty closely with Frame
feature-for-feature. Most companies who already own Word have no need
for FrameMaker. Most docs don't require the unique features of FM. If a
company already owns MS Office it is very difficult to make a case for
buying a nearly similar Adobe product.

And if you do need the advanced capabilities of FM, you wouldn't even
consider using Word.

The same business case applies to InDesign vs. Word. InDesign will be a
niche product for people who need its features that can't be found in

Mike O.

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