Page comp options

Subject: Page comp options
From: Katav <katav -at- YAHOO -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 07:21:19 -0800

---Tom <eagles -at- CONNECTION -dot- COM> wrote:

My department is considering all possibilities, including switching
to Macs if they'll make us more productive. On that note, I'll start
my little fact gathering tour with the following request:

Before you compile replies (and to the replies
from TECHWR-L add brochures and other info
from the s/w houses), define your WORST CASE

As examples:
Do you use intra- and inter-chapter xrefs?
Do you use chapter#-page# pagination?
Do you pick up page information for headers
(e.g. H1 head copied into running head)?
Do you mix layouts within a document?
Do you need auto-generated TOC, Index, etc.?
Do you intend to create text, graphics, or
both within the page comp application?
If not, which applications support the text
and graphic editors' output options (e.g.
the page comp may NOT support the ZYX V.99's
'native' format, but both ZYX and the page
comp support RTF [or EPS or ... ]
Do tables need repeating heads with
[continuation] lines - repeating column
heads and no bottom line on preceding
pages of continued table?
Do non-tech pubs people provide files - in
other words, is cross-platform a requirement?
Do you need HTML, PDF, XML, SGML output?
(Answer='Yes' - if not today, then tomorrow,
at least for HTML/XML and PDF.)

Examine your current documents to define what
/is/ then consider what you want the /future/
document to /be/.

Try to get demo/evaluation copies of each s/w.
Adobe has [had] 'everything but save' versions
of PageMaker available.

Try to beg/borrow copies of the USER GUIDES.
Is the INDEX accurate? Are the instructions
grouped so all related tasks are together
(e.g. footers=page numbering=running copy).

Now, armed with your requirements, you can sort
out which s/w best meets those requirements.

BTW, the short list I presented in hardly
all-inclusive. Take time to develop a REAL list
of requiremnts for yoour organization; it will
be time well spent.

Katav ( katav -at- yahoo -dot- com )
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