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> I'm interested in people's opinions on the relative merits of
> Microsoft Word 6.0 vs. FrameMaker vs. Ami Pro vs. something called
> "Word Pro" for the production of manuals.

You all should know by now that I prefer Word to WordImperfect, and I don't
FrameMaker, so I won't venture to comment on that. However, I wanted to add
two bits about Ami Pro. I've been working with a client who some time ago
decided to make Ami Pro the company standard for word-processing software.
heard some good things about Ami Pro, especially how it handles graphics
Word does poorly). However, after working extensively in Ami Pro, I can
only say
that it is the Hyundai of the Big 3 word processing packages. It does less
either of the other two systems. What it does do requires arcane steps and

logic that defies other word-processing systems, and it blows up almost as
as WordImperfect, with less reason, since it does less and wouldn't seem to
the incredible resource hog that WP is.

I've seen a demo of Word Pro, the new version of Ami Pro, although I
been able to actually try out the system. Word Pro seems to have some great
features for sharing and revising documents within a group, and the way it
handles master documents seems very appealing. However, I don't see any
improvements in its one-legged spell-checker, its inability to do
searches, and its
approach to working with tables. And, get this, in Ami Pro, you can't
spacing above and below a paragraph without creating or changing a
style. |~P While this may have changed in Word Pro, I sort of doubt it. Any
Pro users out there to counter my impressions? My client is seriously
considering abandoning Ami Pro after getting a lot of negative feedback
about it
within the company. Word would be the software they shift to.

Pam Owen
Nighthawk Communications
Reston, VA
Nighthawk1 -at- aol -dot- com, or powen -at- lmi -dot- org

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