Re: Large Flare projects (2,000+ pages)

Subject: Re: Large Flare projects (2,000+ pages)
From: Jim Jones <han4yu3 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:10:34 -0500

I am very interested in solutions, strategies and approaches of this nature
too, but not because I am currently on such a project.

Jim Jones

Twitter @han4yu3

On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 7:59 PM, Janoff, Steven <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>
wrote:

> If I can elaborate a little more, on a suggestion from offlist...
>
> We're already using Flare v11, and are pretty solid users. However,
> nothing quite this scale, although these manuals were produced to this
> scale in earlier versions of Flare (beginning with, I believe, v6, and
> carried through at least until v9 and maybe v10).
>
> We faced our first challenge and solved it ourselves, after much research
> (MadCap Forums, web, etc.), with a much smaller glitch remaining (fixed
> about 2/3 or more of the problem), and Support indicated (today) that the
> solution we're looking for is outside their scope, and they have no easy
> solution within Flare.
>
> Personally I can't help getting the feeling that once you get up to this
> size of a project, you might be better off in a DITA system, a real CCMS.
> But, maybe I'm wrong. Just seems like a lot of things could go wrong in a
> project of this magnitude.
>
> That's what I was wondering from this group, if anybody is working with
> these massive projects and feels, "Oh yeah, as long as you're careful, no
> problem," or "Yeah, it can be done well, but we decided to port to ___ and
> are having a much easier time of it."
>
> Not necessarily looking to switch solutions, and that might not be
> feasible, but just want to get a sense of what the collective wisdom is
> about Flare and huge projects.
>
> Hope that's a little more specific.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Steve
>
> On Tuesday, August 11, 2015 3:48 PM, Steve Janoff wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> I was wondering if anyone is doing very large Flare projects - especially
> webhelp that, when printed to PDF, comes out to 2,000 or more pages.
>
> Any particular issues you're having?
>
> How is it going in general?
>
> I have inherited several projects of this scale, and just want to get a
> sense of what I could be in for.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Steve
>
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