We have used the same authoring process for eons: Authors/editors work in MS
Word, as well as preliminary indexing work. I then take the MS Word file,
import into FM (unstructured) and do the final print-ready formatting, making
things adhere to our publishing standards and tightening up consistency.
As a process it work well... until it's time to revise the book for the next
Our authors and editors will ONLY work in MS Word. PDF comments/revisions will
not work, as there frequently are extensive revisions including insertion of
new sections (multiple pages) of content, as well as shuffling of content.
When I export the final FM version back to MS Word for them to work on, the
conversion is VERY crude and frequently requires extensive work on the
post-conversion Word files for the editors to be able to work within the files.
Then of course there's the reformatting from scratch in FM when the revisions
are done (which actually is faster and more reliable than trying to reconcile
changes in the MS Word version with the existing FM version).
Is there a better way to perform the round-trip process given the MS Word
requirement, and barring that, are there better ways/tools to get cleaner MS
Word files from FM than exporting to RTF?
Would making the change from unstructured to structured FM on my part help in
Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise
Framemaker 10 (unstructured) [NOTE: TCS 5 is on order but I have not received
Microsoft Office 2010
Thank you in advance.
University of Illinois Tax School
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