Re: Tools statistics

Subject: Re: Tools statistics
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:10:44 -0700

In Flare, if you always want a break before a header, that's easy.

The pain came when the rules-based page breaks ended up with a lot of
white space or other unprofessional-looking output. There was no way
to know where the problems were without generating the PDF and
proofing it. I'd fix one problem and that would cause a problem on
another page, which I wouldn't see until I generated a new PDF.
Training other users to understand the page-break rules and how to
work around their limitations would not have been easy. FrameMaker,
you see the issues in the editor and fix them on the fly.

I can see how modular source would be useful if you reused a lot of
content, but that has almost never been the case in my work. That
seems a lot more common in the hardware world where you'll have many
similar products with various permutations of a shared set of

Flare's no more powerful at single-sourcing than WebWorks or MIF2Go,
they can each do things the others can't.

I didn't need a support contract for Flare. I got what information I
needed from MadCap's Flare forum.

Like I said, support was usually a dead end. I had a frustratingly
difficult time getting them to understand why it was a problem that
they didn't support named destinations.

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