Re: Word to FrameMaker conversion -- outsource it?

Subject: Re: Word to FrameMaker conversion -- outsource it?
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: James Rethi <maharethi -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 13:17:14 -0500

Other than having someone else create your templates, why would you
consider outsourcing this project? Do you have a large doc set and
not a lot of time?

FrameMaker lets you import directly from Word. Although you usually
have to go through and reformat/ apply FrameMaker styles. But in the
past I've found that, while it can be boring, it's often a useful
exercise that lets me catch typos, formatting errors and topics that
are in need of updating or revision.

If I weren't a lone writer, it's the sort of job I'd give to the new
hire or an intern.

Or am I misinterpreting your use of the word "outsource" here? Always
makes me think of offshoring, even though they're not synonyms. If
you're new to Frame, having a consultant help with template design
isn't a bad idea. But the conversion process itself is not difficult.

On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM, James Rethi <maharethi -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
> We are considering moving from Word to FrameMaker for our book-length manuals, and then all technical writing. Does anyone have input on doing the Word-to-Frame conversion in-house vs. outsourcing it? Thanks.
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Julie Stickler
Blogging about Agile and technical writing

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