RE: Frame 8 outputs / pick a tool (set?) help needed

Subject: RE: Frame 8 outputs / pick a tool (set?) help needed
From: "Jessica Weissman" <Jessica -dot- Weissman -at- hillcrestlabs -dot- com>
To: "Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>, "Lin Sims" <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008 08:31:44 -0400

Let me second Leonard's recommendations. I do the same things he does
with H&M. The only snag is that it lets table cells split across pages
in printed output. I took care of that with a special text style to use
in tables.

We output to electronic book (searchable, makes developers happy) and a
few variations on PDF output. The PDFs can be made to look very fancy
if you like. There is conditional output at various levels (individual
text variables, conditions within a topic, and build tags for topics),
and you can even do all your output in a batch file that lets you
substitute different sets of text variables on the fly.

The support is excellent, with the developers and the main technical
writer/support guy monitoring the forums constantly.

Yesterday afternoon we needed to output a special version for a
potential customer that removed DRAFT markings on some topics, changed
the order of other topics, and hid a few topics. I was able to create
that version in about 12 minutes flat, including time for H&M to build
the three output formats.

There is a brand new update to H&M that offers a few real advantages.
It no longer uses a potentially corruptible internal database, and there
is some new flexibility. Material is stored in XML format now, which
may be useful to some.

- Jessica


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Frame 8 outputs / pick a tool (set?) help needed: From: Lin Sims
RE: Frame 8 outputs / pick a tool (set?) help needed: From: Leonard C. Porrello

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