Re: BroadVision QuickSilver vs FrameMaker

Subject: Re: BroadVision QuickSilver vs FrameMaker
From: "Humphries, Ola" <Ola -dot- Humphries -at- energy -dot- sungard -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 09:29:51 -0500

> Here the current requirement is to produce printed manuals and to also
> have
> them available in PDF, and for that I've been using FM. My manager asked
> me
> to take a look at QuickSilver because it's apparently used at another
> location to produce manuals.

>Basically, you pay thousands of dollars for the product, they don't want
to talk to you unless you have the need for mulitple seats past 50, they
also used to charge for each module.<<

I will add my 2cents, having worked with Interleaf, the parent product of
QuickSilver, as well as FrameMaker:

Both are good products, but FrameMaker is much cheaper. FrameMaker and Adobe
Acrobat are very compatible (naturally) and that seems to be what you need.
The FrameMaker user community is more abundant, another plus. There were a
few things that I noticed that Interleaf could do that Frame could not. It
had an advanced CAD package that allowed technical engineering drawings to
be produced inside the documents and its catalog feature was excellent if
you're producing a series of large documents for an engineering project
(such as catalogues of instruments) or a set of encyclopedias. Interleaf was
popular at one time in Houston, where its use was promoted by the aerospace
industry. Then, many companies realized they did not need its heft and went
with FrameMaker instead. FrameMaker is now the "standard" document
production software in Houston.


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