I'd second John. Current FM output ain't bad, and if you want better, MIF2Go RTF is really good. I'd stick with FM and upgrade to a non-antique version (speaking with 4 year's Flare experience) because that conversion isn't really what Flare does better.
Art Campbell art.campb...@gmail.com "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 Vincent and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson No disclaimers apply. DoD 358 I support www.TheGrotonLine.com, hyperlocal news for Groton MA. On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 3:39 PM, John Sgammato <john.sgamm...@actifio.com> wrote: > 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 email@example.com. >> >> 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 * > > *.* > > _______________________________________________ > > > You are currently subscribed to framers as art.campb...@gmail.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/art.campbell%40gmail.com > > Send administrative questions to listad...@frameusers.com. Visit > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. > >
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