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Subject:Re: Framemaker Weirdness (long) From:"Susan W. Gallagher" <sgallagher -at- EXPERSOFT -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 7 Feb 1996 15:33:14 -0800
>Yikes! My Technical Writers and I have been following the Frame Conquers
>the Universe threads with great interest. We are currently investigating
>Electronic Publishing products, each of which has their own limitations
>for particular situations. I am a former user of earlier versions of
>Frame, and have only seen the flashy demo of version 5. Can anyone shed
>some light on the above? Is this behaviour common, or could it be
>something isolated to <anonymous>'s installation?
I've only been using Frame for about 2 years and I'm continually
disapointed in it. These comments are for Frame 4 -- I haven't
used 5 yet, but a member of the Frame User Group remarked that
Frame 5 does not significantly increase functionality but when
you use it, you'll experience a significant decrease in blood
I've been forced to make several compromises in my layout because
of its lack of alignment options -- for example, there is no
option to align graphics or tables to the inside or outside of
I've also been continuously frustrated by its lack of persistence.
For example, when you set an anchored frame to align at the base-
line with a -3pt offset, the next time you create an anchored
frame it has default alignment. You go to the dialog and change
to baseline alignment and see the -3pt entry in the text box so
you think it remembers, but it doesn't. You have to type it all
It's keystroke intensive -- importing a graphic takes a cascading
menu selection and two dialog boxes. And, yes, it loses graphics
completely or they end up on a different page.
It's also got some wierd defaults -- like, who'd'a thought the
default for a paragraph style would be *not* fixed leading!
And it crashed all the time on my Pentium with 40MB RAM and a
1G disk drive -- in Windows 3.11, NT, and 95. (And once it
crashes, you *can't* relaunch it without rebooting, it won't
If Frame conquers *any* universe, it's gotta be *parallel* to this
one, 'cause it's not doin' such a good job here if you ask me.
sgallagher -at- expersoft -dot- com