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Subject:Re: New Member From:Wanda Phillips <wanda -dot- phillips -at- philips -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Tue, 1 Aug 2006 14:12:11 -0700
I echo the sentiment... welcome to the club.
As for making the transition, I can offer the following suggestions:
1. Move stuff over on an as-needed basis. Keep the older software around
in case you every need the older docs, but don't spend a lot of time
bringing over content that you'll never need.
2. Set up the new software and learn it before you start moving content
over. Get trained on the minimum so that you aren't wrestling with *how
to* on a deadline.
3. Set up your templates in the new software before you start moving
anything over. Test drive it with a pilot project.
4. Get some baseline metrics on development time in your current software
set-up. Track how much time you spend getting ready and making the
transition. Track how much time you spend doing the same work in the new
software. Write it up and give it to someone who is budget-conscious.
5. Find out if you can use scripting to port some content over.
6. Keep track of what you've done. Write up how to move content over, how
to produce content in the new software, and document your templates. This
is very useful for a number of reasons, including you may forget why you
set up a template a particular way.
Hope this helps, good luck, and enjoy the new products. They are popular
and you'll find lots of support for Adobe products in various groups
(check out YahooGroups).
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