Re: InDesign versus FrameMaker (versus Word)

Subject: Re: InDesign versus FrameMaker (versus Word)
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 11:56:16 -0700

I second the FrameMaker nomination for this project.

If you're rusty with it, consider nabbling the free trial version from
Adobe's website and using it in conjunction with Abobe's *FrameMaker
Classroom in A Book*. That combo really helped me quickly get up to speed
again during a 10-month project for the CA Dept. of Workers' Compensation.

There are also FM-specific listservs you can join.

> Chris

On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 11:31 AM, <mattgras -at- comcast -dot- net> wrote:

>
>
> I'm working a short-fuse documentation project for the US military helping
> to produce a 150 page report that will eventually wind up in the White
> House. I came into the project mid-stream. The team here is using MS Word
> 2007 but is considering switching to InDesign.
>
>
>
> The document consists primarily of tables and figures, some quite complex.
> The team (research psychologists) create these tables in something called
> PASW Statistics 18. These tables import into Word but are a visual
> nightmare.
>
>
>
> So my questions are:
>
>
>
> (1) Would InDesign offer formatting and layout cababilities superior to
> those of MS Word?
>
>
>
> (2) Would it be hell for me (a senior tech writer whose most recent
> experience, alas, is all with Word -- I live in Seattle and most of my
> contracts are with MS) to switch to InDesign? (I really like FrameMaker,
> although I haven't been lucky enough to use it in recent years.) The project
> deadline is July 1st.
>
>
>
> (3) InDesign versus FrameMaker: which would be the more logical choice? And
> in that regard, does anyone have experience importing tables from PASW into
> FrameMaker or InDesign?
>
>
>
> Many thanks,
>
> Matt
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