Re: New member

Subject: Re: New member
From: Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006 15:26:56 -0400

Mike Schmidt wrote:

I've recently been commanded to abandon all the tools I've been using
for years (and know intimately) in favor of the Adobe Suite. (...) In my case,
it's the Corel suite (Ventura Publisher, Corel Draw, Corel Photo Paint)
and Microsoft Front Page, into Adobe stuff including Robohelp and who
knows what else.

You'll hate Illustrator, but love Photoshop. (CorelDraw beats Illustrator for ease of use, but Illustrator is the "industry standard.") Haven't worked with Ventura Publisher since the old days when it sucked, but, if you could slog through Ventura, InDesign and FrameMaker shouldn't be too difficult to master. If you understand HTML and web page development, RoboHelp won't be too difficult either and DreamWeaver is SOOOOO much better than Front Page. (If you aren't moving away from FrontPage, my condolences.)

If you detect a hint of negativity in this... you're right. I am totally
at home with the programs I've been using for, in some cases, my entire
career, and I'm not thrilled about dumping it. I'm sure Adobe stuff is
great, but it's the learning curve and tons of busy work I'm not
terribly happy about.

Times change, tools change, and end products change. Sometimes it's a good thing to move out of what is comfortable because it opens up the creative doors. Look at this as a positive instead of a negative. You have an employer who is willing to help you learn new programs. Many of us have had to do it on our own. Nobody is happy about change, but change is a good thing.

At any rate, I expect I'll need some training and lots of time to
convert existing material, without even thinking of the constant stream
of new material being created.

Now you have a great excuse for slipping deadlines.


Al Geist
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