Re: Move from Ventura to FrameMaker wise?

Subject: Re: Move from Ventura to FrameMaker wise?
From: "Yves Barbion" <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 16:39:03 +0200

Well, I moved from Ventura 4.0 to FrameMaker 3.0 back in 1993, and I don't
regret it. ;-)

Indeed, I remember Ventura as one of those "love 'em or hate 'em"
applications. If everything went well, you could be VERY productive, but one
minor glitch in one of the linked files and you could spend days trying to
locate the cause of the problem. Yes, Ventura was a bit "buggy" back then,
but it did have the "bidirectional link" with text files. This meant that
you could write a marked-up WordPerfect file, import it into Ventura, edit
it in Ventura and the linked WordPerfect file would be saved as well. Worked
great for localization purposes: all our translators needed were the
WordPerfect files. Round-tripping "avant la lettre". A feature which
FrameMaker still does not have, unless you use XML files in structured
FrameMaker and an XML editor instead of WordPerfect. ;-)

Compelling reasons to move to FrameMaker? From the top of my head:

- stability
- single-sourcing, cross-media publishing (e.g. in combination with
MIF2Go or WebWorks Publisher)
- variables, cross-references
- powerful table features (esp. with the TableCleaner plug-in)
- book concept and related features
- smooth "Save as PDF" with all the hyperlinks and bells and whistles
- conditional text

Best regards

Yves Barbion
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Adobe-Certified FrameMaker Instructor

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