Re: Software engineers and FM12

Subject: Re: Software engineers and FM12
From: Kari Gulbrandsen <kkgulbrandsen -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 15:26:39 -0500

Just to offer another point of view, I started using Frame about 6 to 9
months ago, and no sooner did I get my feet wet with both structured and
unstructured Frame, I started using it to create DITA-based topics. I found
it incredibly easy and intuititive to use.

It really all depends on how you adapt to new tools, but I don't think you
should fear it.



On Thursday, February 27, 2014, Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> It's been a couple of years since I used Frame, but I do remember that the
> ramp up was steep. But once you learn your way around, OMG, did I love
> using Frame!
> I've got a couple of book recommendations to help get you over the learning
> curve. I remember that when I was learning, we used the Adobe Classroom in
> a Book for FrameMaker, and I recall that working through the exercises was
> an excellent introduction to the tool.
> I also have very fond memories of using a coworker's copy of FrameMaker 7:
> The Complete Reference to solve almost any question I had about
> FrameMaker. It was long out of print, else I'd have my own copy. Now
> available as ePub.
> I haven't read it, but I would assume that Publishing
> Fundamentals:Unstructured FrameMaker 11 is the updated version of that
> book, as it's put out by the same folks.
> On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com<javascript:;>
> >wrote:
> > FrameMaker 12 apparently bundles a subset of RoboHelp including the
> > part that generates MS HTML Help (.chm) from FrameMaker source, much
> > as previous releases incorporated a subset of Acrobat.
> >
> > The developer should not need FrameMaker to incorporate the .chm you
> > generate from FrameMaker into the application.
> >
> > Assuming the capabilities are the same as when using FM with RoboHelp,
> > this explains things from the developer's perspective:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM, Michele Glover
> > <MGlover -at- maxcessintl -dot- com <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > > Hello all,
> > > I've been a long-time lurker here and now it's time for me to overcome
> > my cyber-shyness and ask a question. Thanks so far for all the great
> > conversations and wealth of information. Please bear with me and a little
> > backstory:
> > > I am a lone writer at a small mechanical engineering and manufacturing
> > company. We make components for the web converting industry - slitting
> and
> > winding non-woven web materials. I use MS Word and manuals are usually
> > under 50 pages, dealing with all things mechanical. However, we do have a
> > handful of automated systems for which two developers write motion
> control
> > software and design GUIs. Up until now, we have built those manuals as
> > master documents in Word (aaaarrggggh!) so that we can compile a .chm to
> > include with the UI.
> > > Well. I am done with that. I am not wasting any more time with Word
> > formatting and macros and section breaks and whatever else. My
> counterpart
> > in Germany uses Framemaker and I am planning to switch asap (in spite of
> my
> > fear). One of our software engineers is certain that he needs a FM
> license
> > also so that he can provide context-sensitive help with the .chm. I'm
> > trying to figure out if this is true, and why I'm resistant to the idea.
> > >
> > > 1. Does FM12 allow me to provide the necessary topic mapping and
> > IDs? Or does he provide them for me so I can output a complete .chm? (I
> > don't really know how it works.)
> > >
> > > 2. I write all the content and we do face-to-face review. What
> are
> > the needs/benefits around him having a license? (Considering the cost, I
> > just can't imagine what he would use FM for on a regular basis.)
> > >
> > > 3. Would it accelerate my learning curve to have a developer on
> my
> > side? I worry a little about him taking over control of how the docs
> should
> > be built and how FM should be used.
> > > FWIW, we are moving to Team Foundation for version control.
> > > Use small words and short sentences, please - this stuff is pretty new
> > to me in my world of mechanical marvels.
> > > Many thanks,
> > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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