RE: Word to PDF vs. Frame to PDF

Subject: RE: Word to PDF vs. Frame to PDF
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Brierley -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: "'Karen Field'" <kfield -at- STELLCOM -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 15:18:02 -0400


FrameMaker is easier to use and better supported with PDF. FrameMaker has
more flexibility over what can be converted to hypertext in PDF. For
example, in FM, by putting a text box over a part of a graphic and inserting
a hypertext goto, you can create hotspots in your graphics that get
converted in PDF. Paragraph styles you choose, such as headings, are
converted to bookmarks. FrameMaker hypertext and cross-references are also
converted to hypertext in PDF.

If using Word97, look into downloading PDFMaker 1.0 from PDFMaker
adds some of the PDF functions enjoyed by FrameMaker. However, PDFMaker has
limitations. For example, I believe there is a max number of bookmarked
headers . . .. You will need to use Adobe Distiller in conjunction with
PDFMaker to get the most out of Word (just as you use Distiller with

If PDF is desired output, FrameMaker is better set up for it than Word97.
However, stability and productivity in general are the best reasons for
dumping your favorite word processor in favor of FrameMaker. FrameMaker does
not suffer master doc woes, autonumbering woes, template style issues,
graphics anchoring problems . . .. Keep your eye out for whitepapers about

All the best.

sean -at- quodata -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: Karen Field [SMTP:kfield -at- STELLCOM -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 1999 5:59 PM
Subject: Word to PDF vs. Frame to PDF

All right, all you wonderful, resourceful techwr-l people: I need to
soak up
some of your immense knowledge yet again.

What can you tell me about converting Word 97 docs to PDF vs. Frame
docs to
PDF? What I'm looking for here is confirmation that the Frame
conversion is
easier and simpler (this is one of my campaign points for getting

Any feedback--including the advantages of Word over Frame for this
any)--are greatly appreciated.

Karen Field
kfield -at- stellcom -dot- com

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