Replacement for XMetal

Subject: Replacement for XMetal
From: John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: List, Techwriter <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 11:51:04 -0500

Hi, guys...being between gigs has plenty of downsides. However, an
upside is the ability to spend periods uninterrupted polishing your

For the last 3 weeks I've been immersed in InDesign and feel I'm at
the point where I could turn out a document. I'm now turning my
attention back to XML/DITA.

While at EMC, I spent over a year working in that environment.
However, not being there any longer, I don't have access to that
authoring environment.

So, I'm asking the collective...what software out there most
replicates the XMetal experience without also replicating the cost?

I have FM. I do know that it implements things a little differently,
However, the way it implements XML/DITA, is it seen by those who need
a writer with XML/DITA experience as being close enough?

BTW...does anyone know what the current upgrade price from FM7.1 to
the current is?

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
NYMetro STC President

Looking for the next gig.

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