RE: PageMaker 6.5 to FrameMaker 8 conversion--Any Tips?

Subject: RE: PageMaker 6.5 to FrameMaker 8 conversion--Any Tips?
From: Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp128 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com, JimPinkham <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 07:22:53 -0800 (PST)

Thanks for all the info and tips!

I remember Interleaf, too, from the mid-'80s, and none too fondly...more because of the way the company chose to use it (and to provide 2 workstations for 30+ writers) than for the product itself.

The suggestions of going to XML are interesting. I'm sure the formatting will change, but it's going to have to anyway, as we're moving from a menu-based interface to a GUI, and we have a new FM template, as well.

This list is a great resource! I really appreciate all the ideas.

Marguerite

--- On Mon, 2/7/11, Pinkham, Jim <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com> wrote:

From: Pinkham, Jim <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
Subject: RE: PageMaker 6.5 to FrameMaker 8 conversion--Any Tips?
To: "David Neeley" <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Monday, February 7, 2011, 9:20 AM

I used Interleaf extensively back in the mid-90s and then used
QuickSilver a couple of years ago for another division within our
company that had legacy docs housed in that program. It wasn't much fun
-- did not seem to be nearly as mature in its design and functionality
as FrameMaker, even at that point in time. It was a relief to be done
with the project. If I'd had additional projects with that group, I'd
have pushed hard for converting their manuals to Frame.

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Subject: Re: PageMaker 6.5 to FrameMaker 8 conversion--Any Tips?

I wonder if Frame 8 can handle the XML that InDesign can export?

I believe that might be worth trying, at least, rather than going
through a multi-step process.

I would not hold out great hope that much of the formatting will be
retained, though. Unfortunately, the time to have properly worried about
this was before the original app was disposed of, as part of the
transitional planning.

At various gigs, I have had similar challenges regarding legacy apps in
various older publishing systems--such as Ventura Publisher or
Interleaf.

(At one gig, I found a book on Interleaf at a Half Price Books store on
a Thursday evening, as I recall, and had to be able to update the legacy
doc starting Monday morning using Interleaf. I regretted later not
having more chance to learn the software better--it had some definite
advantages at the time.)

It appears that Interleaf is still with us, although these days it's
called QuickSilver and sold by Broadcom. I wonder if anyone here is
using it?

David


> From:
> voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
>
>
>
> that looks like it's more tricky... InDesign will only export to HTML,

> PDF, XML, and bitmap formats. I would check with the Adobe
> forums/support area to see if there isn't some conversion tool.
>
> -Wendy
>   

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