Re: Absence of FrameMaker from your skill set -- what does it say?

Subject: Re: Absence of FrameMaker from your skill set -- what does it say?
From: Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: beelia -at- pacbell -dot- net
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2009 20:11:27 -0500

Well sort of, LOL.
XMetal is ONE tool that outputs in many formats. It does not require two
tools (Frame and MIF2GO) to output an online help type of format.

Duh. Sorry. I was pretty tired when I wrote that. Thanks for asking. And
yes, XMetal creates Eclipse Help as a .jar file that goes in a Eclipse
plugin folder. It's very handy indeed for updating.

PT

On Sun, Aug 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM, beelia <beelia -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> "In spite of the drawbacks of XMetal, it is one tool that outputs in many
> formats, not two."
>
> I'm confused. Is that what you meant to say?
>
> Bee
>
> On Sun, Aug 2, 2009 at 9:23 AM, Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:
>
>> I prefer MadCap Flare for DITA, actually. It's a much better tool than
>> XMetal for writing, and has more features. But we won't go there :-)
>> XMetal
>> is what my employer has, so I use that. In spite of the drawbacks of
>> XMetal, it is one tool that outputs in many formats, not two. That in
>> itself
>> is a good value.
>>
>> PT
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Aug 1, 2009 at 8:31 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com
>> >wrote:
>>
>> > FrameMaker paired with MIF2Go is a great tool for single-sourcing
>> > online help and PDF, though if I were starting from scratch I'd
>> > probably use XMetal.
>> >
>> > XMetal felt like a step backwards to me, since the tag-display UI was
>> > scavenged from WordPerfect, and I never expected to see that again.
>> >
>> > On Sat, Aug 1, 2009 at 6:22 PM, Pro TechWriter<pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com
>> >
>> > wrote:
>> > > ... honestly, most of the documentation I have
>> > > done in the last 10 years has been for online help. So, online help
>> tools
>> > > have been what I used, from RoboHelp to MadCap Flare to AuthorIT. Now,
>> my
>> > > tools are used to create XML output, so I am using XMetal. So, for me,
>> > Frame
>> > > would seem like a step backwards for online use. ...
>> > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>> >
>> > Free Software Documentation Project Web Cast: Covers developing Table of
>> > Contents, Context IDs, and Index, as well as Doc-To-Help
>> > 2009 tips, tricks, and best practices.
>> > http://www.doctohelp.com/SuperPages/Webcasts/
>> >
>> > Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
>> > authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
>> > once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control!
>> > http://www.helpandmanual.com/
>> >
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>> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>>
>> Free Software Documentation Project Web Cast: Covers developing Table of
>> Contents, Context IDs, and Index, as well as Doc-To-Help
>> 2009 tips, tricks, and best practices.
>> http://www.doctohelp.com/SuperPages/Webcasts/
>>
>> Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
>> authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
>> once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control!
>> http://www.helpandmanual.com/
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“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love....Pursue the
things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their
eyes off you.”

- Dr. Maya Angelou
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Free Software Documentation Project Web Cast: Covers developing Table of
Contents, Context IDs, and Index, as well as Doc-To-Help
2009 tips, tricks, and best practices.
http://www.doctohelp.com/SuperPages/Webcasts/

Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control! http://www.helpandmanual.com/

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