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I agree. It looks like the GUI was "glued on" without any regard to the
underlying interface. For example, you still don't have a pasteboard so you
can see bleeds and there are no ruler guides. Plus, they broke long
established keyboard shortcuts for applying formats, etc.
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I've been a Windows user since I was introduced to it by way of Aldus
PageMaker 1.0a in the late '80s. Windows was itself very much in its
infancy, but I stuck with it (and it subsequently paid off in spades, but
that's another story). I was brought into this tech writing world as a a bit
of a PM guru; I took my FM baptismal much later.
The point is that I've long been married to both Windows UI conventions and
to the flexible layout and typesetting capabilities afforded by "the Aldus
methodology" (or however John Warnock phrased it). That Framemaker ignores
both rubs me the wrong way, inasmuch as it's my belief that a Windows app
should at least make an *attempt* at adhering to known M$ GUI conventions
(right or wrong)-just like Apple rides herd over Mac-centric apps and their
Much like other noted Adobe product deficiencies, I see this as nothing more
than that company's bean counters not wanting to devote resources to
retooling FM's UI. I get that it's a business decision, but I'm left
wanting... not that I'm in love with ID, either.
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