Re: help -- PageM, FrameM, and the Web

Subject: Re: help -- PageM, FrameM, and the Web
From: Betsy Maaks <bmaaks -at- FRAME -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 1995 14:06:54 CDT

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>On Sat, 23 Sep 1995 21:52:09 -0400 you wrote:

>Indeed, since, as I recall, Frame now has an integral HTML function (someone
>wanna confirm that? I don't have a copy myself)... PM does not, and even with
>Word, it's merely an add-on.

Frame has incorporated Quadralay Lite, an HTML converter, into FrameMaker
rel 5.

>>--------------------------------included mssge
>>>Couple of questions:
>>>2. Can't we import FrameMaker files into PageMaker?

>I wouldn't expect so, although I would think Frame would be able to
>import/EXPORT to a Pagemaker format.

I don't believe that Frame has a PageMaker import/export. I use Word to go
between the two (save from PM as Word; save from Frame as Word for Windows
2.0). I expect that after the merger, Adobe will have a PM import/export for
Frame, and a Frame import/export for PageMaker. This is only conjecture, though.

>>>3. How does all this will fit into Acrobat?


FrameMaker has an export option to PDF for Acrobat viewing. It, too, is
bundled in FM rel 5.

>>>I like to have a set of tools that enable us to have documents
>>>that are like Word with all the formats for printing and etc,
>>>be able to do bigger docs like OEM user guide with drawings and
>>>etc, and also use them on Web page and BBS.

>Sounds like a job for Frame! Let's see... better large-file support, HTML
>support... BBS? Heck, just save as ASCII.

I used Word 6.0 on one of Microsoft's text files, and boy! was it SLOW! It
took anywhere from 8 to 30 seconds to scroll down a page! Ouch! And I was on
a tight deadline! I think they used hidden text, which made it run sooooo

>>>I a company our size it is not really wise to have so many
>>>different packages in use.

I used to be a big fan of Word on the Mac, but it looks to me as if MS has
dumped as much "stuff" into their existing product without consideration for
performance. Features, features, features.
Forget about how well it performs, as a whole program.

Betsy Maaks
These are my opinions.

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