I'll second that. Mif2Go produces decent Word output right "out of the box," and you can customize it to a fare-thee-well.
BTW, hi everybody. I'm working again, and back on the list. Richard From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Rick Quatro Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 1:36 PM To: 'Kevin Ryan'; firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: Frame vs. Flare for My Needs Hi Kevin, If you are using Mif2Go for HTML, you can set it up to output RTF as well. This should satisfy the MS Word requirement and allow you to stay wit FrameMaker. Rick Rick Quatro Carmen Publishing Inc. 585-366-4017 r...@frameexpert.com<mailto:r...@frameexpert.com> From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com<mailto:framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com> [mailto:framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Kevin Ryan Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 3:21 PM To: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Frame vs. Flare for My Needs 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 [cid:image001.jpg@01D0510C.92499E60] 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.
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