How do FrameMaker and Doc-To-Help compare?

Subject: How do FrameMaker and Doc-To-Help compare?
From: Tim Mantyla <tim -dot- mantyla -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 02:30:29 -0500

Hi all,

I recently applied for a position that called for "FrameMaker skills a
plus." I've used Doc-To-Help, but no other HATs. I want to demonstrate that
my software skills on one are most likely transferable to the other.

I evaluated Madcap Flare on a contract basis for an online help project for
a company, but didn't really dig into it. Its interface seemed more
complicated than D2H.

One reason for choosing D2H: the company is filled with potential
contributors who have writing skills and use MS Word--but little or no
technical writing experience--so D2H seemed like the best fit for the
company's limited resources. They don't plan on hiring a tech writer to
continue the project.

Who has used both, and how do they compare? How easy was it to learn one,
having used the other? How long a learning curve for one vs. the other? (I
know it'll be subjective, and hard to assess personal factors like general
ability with software, speed of learning, etc.--but I'll just have to figure
in a fudge factor to cover those.)

I'm also assuming that, having learned one HAT, the knowledge makes it
easier to learn others as well.

All (politely stated) comments are welcome. Thanks!

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