Framemaker vs. Interleaf

Subject: Framemaker vs. Interleaf
From: Chris Welch-Hutchings <chutchings -at- NORDSON -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 15:11:57 EST

I'm looking for information on Framemaker vs. Interleaf as a production
tool. I'd especially like to hear from anyone who has migrated from
Interleaf to Framemaker, or vice-versa, and what you like or don't like
about your new tool.

My current employer uses Interleaf, but the writers don't have access to
it. We use Word to produce draft docs, which are then passed to a team of
Interleaf formatters. For revisions, the writers mark-up existing Interleaf
docs and submit these for formatting.

I have extensive experience with Framemaker, and I can't get over how
cumbersome this Word/Interleaf process is. Most of our docs end up going
through the revision/formatting process several times before release, and
since our formatters usually can't get to our docs for several days after
they are submitted, our release dates are very often negatively affected.

I am absolutely convinced that it is far more efficient to produce docs
directly in Framemaker, but no one here has ever used it and my pleas are
falling on deaf ears. Can anyone point me to supporting data or share their
experiences?

Thanks,

Chris


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