Re: User Manuals

Subject: Re: User Manuals
From: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 12:57:00 -0400

On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 12:45 PM, Chris Morton<salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> >From a usability standpoint, and targeting printed manuals (whether by your
> company or the end user), the format used with the Aldus (i.e., pre-Adobe)
> versions of PageMaker were exceptional, I thought.
>
> I had to learn FM for my last gig; nothing beats Adobe's FM Classroom In a
> Book if you're in a hurry and can train yourself. That said, FM has seen
> little in the way of any UI upgrade since it was ported over from Unix. I
> found it appallingly retarded.

The new FM 9 release included a MAJOR interface overhaul. I haven't
personally seen it, but I'm told it's vastly different.

Lin Sims
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References:
User Manuals: From: LML
RE: User Manuals: From: Combs, Richard
Re: User Manuals: From: Chris Morton

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