Re: PC Publishing Tool

Subject: Re: PC Publishing Tool
From: David Demyan <concord -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 1995 08:25:17 -0700

Gina wrote:

>We've been using Word 6.0 for text-based information,
>but now it appears we'll be needed a publishing package of
>some kind so we can combine text and (more sophisticated)

>We may also want something with hooks into MS products so we could
>do mail merges, if need be, with Access or another MS tool.

>Any suggestions on which publishing package is the best? PageMaker?
>FrameMaker? MS Publisher? Other ideas?

Best of both worlds, eh?

I discussed the merits of Word 6.0 versus FrameMaker in a previous
post, so I won't repeat that here. Basically, Word is very adept
at doing database merges and many other word processing and office
management tasks. FrameMaker and PageMaker are very adept at laying
out pages with text and graphics, building long documents, etc. As
far as I know, none of the page layout or desktop publishing programs
support mail merges. Check out MS Publisher, but I doubt it.

The reason is that the software packages are designed for different
user classes. I have a feeling that if mail merging is most important
to you should stick with Word; if you are more interested in page
layout and publishing, FrameMaker is a good choice.


Dave Demyan *** Mendem Concord, Inc.
(908) 753-8500 *** One Mountain Blvd.
concord -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com *** Warren, NJ 07059
FAX: (908) 754-8224

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