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Subject:Re: Frame vs. Word Results From:Bruce Ashley <bashley -at- CREATEPRINT -dot- COM -dot- AU> Date:Wed, 2 Sep 1998 10:00:27 +1000
I spent 5-6 years with Word and like you, had all the work-arounds down
pat. I'm now using Frame 5.5 and after 5 months of it, which included an
advanced Frame course at the start, I find Frame so much easier to use in
It isn't as pretty and I'm not as skilled in the many areas yet, but for
sheer grunt, it kills Word. I miss the graphics and the macros but am
learning work arounds that suffice.
Give Frame some time. I used to sing (and still do) the praises of Word
whilst bagging Frame (because I didn't know it well enough).
But then. I bagged Word Perfect 5.1 whilst sing the praises of Multimate. I
bagged Word whilst singing the praises of WP 5.1.
In short... I have bagged every new document control / word processing
package in favour of the one I was using at the time.
And each time I was wrong. They all have their strengths and weaknesses.
The skill is in finding which has what. I still use Word 97 for many things
but for documents I now ONLY use Frame.
Now, I find myself in a new position with a new company and as a
a Frame 5.5 user and I find myself muttering out loud "Is this what
raving about???" I'm so disappointed with Frame after all the hype I've
this list over the last several years. I really miss all the customizations
features that word allows. I'd drop Frame in a minute if the choice were
As far as I can figure out, there isn't anything Frame can do that I can't
just as well in Word and there are an awful lot of things that Word allows
to do that Frame apparently hasn't even thought of. Now, I'm not by any
a Microsoft apologist, but in this case, I say I'd much rather use Word.
Senior Technical Writer
PLATINUM technology, inc.