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Subject:Re: Word to Frame From:John Posada <john -at- TDANDW -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 30 Oct 1997 19:26:55 -0500
...if you were around about a week ago, you saw my plea for anyone with
FM5.5 available to contact me. Sure enough, I located a source in
Denver, received the product, and went to work learning Frame over the
weekend. I have to add that last Saturday, I found a copy of the book
"Adobe's Learning Adobe FrameMaker" last Saturday and this is what I
used to learn how to use Frame.
Prior to learning Frame, I'd was VERY experienced with Word, from
version 6 through 97 and was able to most of what I needed to do in my
sleep. (when you had a job that required you to create almost 200 pages
of proposals per week, you learn the application real fast.
Anyway, I started a contract last Monday, at 9:30 am and by 10:30, was
creating material using FM5.5.
Gotta tell ya..I'll admit that while I haven't scratched the surface of
FM in the last week, I did find that it wasn't really tha tough to
create decent looking and effective material. As I said in the previous
message, the document I turned in this afternoon was about 110 pages,
and all but 3-4 pages was created from scratch (typed by hand). it
contains a number of styles, tables, imported graphics, headers,
footers, etc. Next week, I tackle indexing, TOC, and cross-referencing.
I founf the trick is to learn what you need to do what you need to do.
If you don't need a TOC the first week, don't learn how to generate a
As far as converting Word to Frame, understand that Frame does
somethings that Word doesn't. I created my document in one column with
a sidebar. Frame does this real well. I sidebar looks like this:
In my experience, it retained the formating, handled table OK, graphics
OK (I create the graphic in a graphic program and inport the graphic as
opposed to drawing it with Frame.
All in all, the week was very educational and I learned a whole bunch
Barb Ostapina wrote:
> BOTH! Please. (Your use of the word "cry" sends shivers through my solar
> To: LOMBMML Ostapina Barb/OLS
> cc: techwr-l @ listserv.okstate.edu
> From: posada @ faxsav.com @ METROMAIL
> Date: 10/30/97 04:20:51 PM EST
> Subject: Re: Word to Frame
> Barb....it's been a long day, a long week, and I go in for hand surgery
> tommorrow, so excuse me if I'm somewhat obtuse, but, are you asking:
> Have I as a user, converted from Word to Frame? Yes, this week.
> Have I, as a user, converted documents from Word to Frame? Yes, about
> 120 pages of UNIX system administrative manuals that I wrote and/or
> compiled, and/or pasted together this week.
> So, tell me, which you want to hear me cry about?
> John Posada
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> Barb Ostapina wrote:
> > To: Anyone who has converted from Word to FrameMaker
> > How was the experience? What was good? What was bad? Do you use Acrobat?
> > How's that going?
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