FM12 has very good output to Microsoft Word. I use it all the time for internal use.
On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 3:21 PM, Kevin Ryan < kevin.r...@systemsandsoftware.net> wrote: > Hi, > > > > I could use the advice of some Frame veterans on whether a switch from > Frame to Flare might be a delusion-inspired wrong turn for me, or possibly > the right way to go. > > > > My company's primary documentation output is PDF user/training/reference > guides authored on FrameMaker 7. Not the current Frame version, I know, but > sufficient with our good templates to produce solid, professional-looking > documents we're proud of. Other current deliverables include > context-sensitive HTML topics produced via Mif2go and a limited number of > "Process Assistance" MS Word topics. These latter are a sort of MS-Word > help equivalent that our customers can download from our application, edit > if necessary, and even upload back into our application for others if they > want to. I create Process Assistance MS-Word topics by cutting from Frame > and pasting into Word, followed by manual reformatting (ouch). > > > > Our customers (utilities) have been requesting another MS Word output: > Editable MS Word versions of our 20-300 page PDF manuals so that they can > edit them for their own purposes (such as internal training). > Unfortunately, we've been unable to find a workable Frame-to-Word > conversion process to this end. I can do manual reformatting to Word in > our short Process Assistance topics, but to do it on entire manuals would > give me a nervous breakdown. > > > > So, with better MS-Word output generation as my primary goal, I've been > considering a switch to Flare. Its capability to output in PDF, Word, and > HTML seems as though it might ultimately streamline our processes. As I > test Flare by my 30-day trial, though, I'm reminded of the many things > FrameMaker does really well — things I might be losing if I made the > switch: For example, precise page layouts, complex graphics, robust > tables. To its credit, Flare seems to offer output versatility, excellent > documentation and support, and a lot of Marketing momentum. > > > > Am I misguiding myself? Barking up the wrong tree? > > > > Thanks for any opinions or comments. > > > > *Kevin Ryan* > > *Technical Writer* > > [image: cid:image001.jpg@01C97FA7.A9E51B40] > > Systems & Software, Inc. > > 426 Industrial Avenue > > Suite 140 > > Williston, VT 05495 > > 802.865.1170 phone > > 802.865.1171 fax > > > > > ------------------------------ > > *Save the Date! 2015 Harris Customer Training Conference:* > <http://www1.harriscomputer.com/en/conference/> > October 21–23, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia - Atlanta Marriott Marquis. > > _______________________________________________ > > > You are currently subscribed to framers as john.sgamm...@actifio.com. > > Send list messages to firstname.lastname@example.org. > > To unsubscribe send a blank email to > framers-unsubscr...@lists.frameusers.com > or visit > http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/john.sgammato%40actifio.com > > Send administrative questions to listad...@frameusers.com. Visit > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. > > -- <http://www.actifio.com/> *John Sgammato, Documentation Architect* *e* john.sgamm...@actifio.com *c* 508.927.2083 *t* @actifiodocs <http://twitter.com/actifiodocs> 333 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02451 <http://twitter.com/actifio> <http://www.linkedin.com/company/399246> <https://plus.google.com/102870897962348937868/posts> <http://www.youtube.com/user/actifio> <http://www.actifio.com/> *Radically simple copy data management * *.*
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