Frame or Pagemaker 6?

Subject: Frame or Pagemaker 6?
From: Eric Brown <eric_brown -at- SFU -dot- CA>
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 1996 15:15:23 -0800

Some quick opinions from the experienced, please. A client has a book they
want me to revise for V2. Their production standards are high (no docutech
here, we're going to the printer, in 2 colors, yet). All work will be done
on a Mac.

V1 was laid out in Pagemaker by a designer (never met her, and at this
point I can't look at the files to see how maintainably they were put

The client is debating whether to leave it in PageMaker or switch to
Framemaker. I don't know what to recommend. I can't in honesty say that
Word 6 is an option (Word 5 was terrific, but 6 on a Mac is a horror). I've
only used Framemaker briefly, and the last version of Pagemaker I used was
useless on long documents - although some say that Pagemaker 6 is better.

What do you folks think: should I recommend staying in Pagemaker -- I'd
frankly assume that the dog-work of tagging the styles etc will have to be
done from scratch -- or should I recommend that they bite the bullet and
convert everything from PageMaker to Frame? Or is there a third option?

If forced to recommend something today I'd go for FrameMaker, but if
PageMaker's large-document handling has improved, it's certainly a good
package for the high appearance standards they're after.

Thanks in advance.
Eric Brown
eric_brown -at- sfu -dot- ca

Eric Brown
Marketing Communications
869 Drayton Street
North Vancouver BC V7L 2C2
(604) 980-6947 fax 980-6933
eric_brown -at- sfu -dot- ca

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