Re: soft- & hardware for TW course

Subject: Re: soft- & hardware for TW course
From: sanders_j -at- TBOSCH -dot- DNET -dot- GE -dot- COM
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1993 10:28:32 EDT


From the sound of things going on in the various threads, it sounds like
FrameMaker for the PC is closest to Frame for the workstation, which I think
might be if not the biggest, one of the biggest selling packages. Unfortunately,
the breadth of software people are using is really wide. The first place I
worked still used Unix text formatting tools to do all their docs, until they
realized what a mistake it was and switched to FrameMaker. Some smaller places
are using Mac or PC based DTP programs, which are good, but not up to the really
big tasks like multiple volumes. Ventura, QuarkExpress, PageMaker, etc. The
smaller packages are generally really good at handling high-color, small press
jobs, unusual formats, and generally small applications. FrameMaker and its
ilk are good at handling just about anything, with strengths in the high end
of the scale. Nothing will do everything you want it to, or even some of the
things you need it to do. If you can afford to, buy one of the big packages and
one of the small ones. Often they can inter-communicate, for good teamwork,
and you can end up with a much larger range of experience for your students.

Hope this helps.

-John Sanders-

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