RE: BroadVision QuickSilver vs FrameMaker

Subject: RE: BroadVision QuickSilver vs FrameMaker
From: "Broberg, Mats" <mabr -at- flir -dot- se>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 17:28:54 +0200


Not to muddy the waters, but unless you require full Unicode support for your documentation SW (which FM doesn't have anyway) I would suggest that you take a serious look at LaTeX. Incredibly powerful (far, far beyond FM and the like when it comes to long document & complex typesetting), free, and supported with hundreds and hundreds of enthusiasts' web pages, BBS's and discussion lists.

The downside? I would say font installation and difficult to change the layout (although KOMA-Script and Peter Wilson's memoir class have changed that to some degree). Plus some ppl don't like to work in pure ASCII where formatting commands are blended with the actual text.

Best regards,
Mats Broberg


From: bounce-techwr-l-148563 -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com on behalf of Gérald Bourguignon
Sent: Mon 2005-10-03 16:24
Subject: BroadVision QuickSilver vs FrameMaker

Does anyone have any experience using BroadVision QuickSilver? I was
specifically wondering how it compares to FrameMaker.

On the BroadVision web site it says "BroadVision QuickSilver enables you to
create and publish lengthy, complex documents in multiple output formats
(including HTML, PDF and Postscript) and automates publishing of
personalized content to BroadVision Portal. Assemble publications from a
variety of text, graphic and database sources, including Microsoft Word,
AutoCad, Microsoft Excel, and Oracle. Includes a complete XML authoring

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.

Thanks in advance.


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