You might evaluate migrating to Flare, its Word export and import are
significantly better than FrameMaker's, and its FrameMaker import is
very good.

MadCap now claims that Flare supports round-tripping for use as an
add-on for FrameMaker. I don't know if that's an exaggeration or if it
still requires some manual cleanup in FM after import as it did in

In my last job I was unable to get RoboHelp's Word export to do what I
needed it to do, but if you've ordered TCS5 anyway, you might as well
give it a shot. But that won't improve import.

On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 6:20 AM, Harding, Dan <> wrote:
> Good morning,
> 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 
> edition.
> 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?

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