SDL Author Assist and FrameMaker 9?

Subject: SDL Author Assist and FrameMaker 9?
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Technical Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 12:52:40 -0400

Two jobs ago I was on the pilot team for adopting acrolinx acrocheck,
which is a spelling/grammar/style checker. On steroids. I loved
using the tool because when you get immediate feedback on your errors,
you eventually start catching yourself and learn to stop making them.

I just sat in on a Webinar for SDL Author Assist, which now comes free
with Adobe FrameMaker 9. Author Assist looks remarkably like
acrocheck. Except that it is FREE. Holy cow. I did a little happy
dance around my office, then ran off to ask permission to upgrade to
FrameMaker 9.

Before I actually buy the upgrade it occurred to me that I should ask,
is anyone out there using Author Assist? How about FrameMaker 9? I'm
going to watch RJ Jacquez's recording of the lesson he gave on the new
I've used both InDesign and PhotoShop, so if the new UI is similar to
the other Adobe products I don't expect to have too much trouble
getting used to the change.

Any comments from Frame 9 early adopters?


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