are not the only one who is abandoning FrameMaker … if you
look at my posts in the past months, I have done the same
although I have been using it since 1988 off and on. I am
still on the list for old times sake, though. J
do send me your detailed reasons in an off-list e-mail –
would like to know your decision trigger! For me, it
was the (a) recent over-pricing for some version upgrades
that should have been done as free bug fixes, (b) the Adobe
trend (albeit not yet announced for FrameMaker) to SAAS as
the only licensing mechanism, and (c) their abandonment of
small users (i.e., number of licenses) from their multi-year
update licensing system.
all my new documents are no longer in FrameMaker. I
am only using it for maintaining and changing old
documents, and if the change is large enough, I move it off
FrameMaker. That takes a couple of days – even for the large
documents – and then I am fine for the future! In time, all
my old documents will be moved from FrameMaker.
I have not chosen Flare as my platform, although it looks
quite capable. Switching to it is expensive (of course, if
they made me a $199 one-time offer to switch from FrameMaker
to Flare, I would do it! J)
now, for my needs (which may not apply to everybody),
a combination of Word 2013 for short documents (less than 10
to 20 pages), and LaTex (for large multi-hundred page
specifications) is proving quite workable. Not perfect, and
not as flexible as FrameMaker, but the costly “upgrades” of
FrameMaker is not acceptable, and the trend to equally
costly SAAS is a deal-breaker.
LaTeX in particular allows me to achieve *complete*
look-and-feel consistency in my specifications – formatting
is separate from text entry – and I value that highly. It
was my reason for selecting FrameMaker over Word about 12
years ago for my current company.
and good luck!
[mailto:framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf
Of Joseph Lorenzini
Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2013 10:13 AM
To: FrameMaker Forum; tcs-us...@googlegroups.com
Subject: So Long and Thanks for the Fish -- Migrating
from FrameMaker to Flare
I have used FrameMaker for over 5
years. I have used it to produce thousands of pages of
documentation. And I honestly thought that FM was a great
tool...for a time. Plus, the community was super helpful.
So its with some regret that I am
telling you that I am leaving this community and the TCS
suite. I am adopting Flare as a replacement. Please note I
am no evangelist of Flare nor do I think that there's One
Right Tool. FrameMaker can be a great solution for some
and if works for you then great. The reasons why I made
this choice were driven by a specific business and use
There are many reasons for this but
that would cause this post to grow quite large and I
didn't want to flood this community with a gigantic post
about why I am not using its tool anymore.
That said, my experience of why and how
i migrated may be of interest to others in this forum. If
you'd like a detailed explanation and are curious to learn
more, I would be happy to share those details with you
offline. Feel free to email me.