I think you answered your own question -- if you do need custom scripts to do DITA and the company can't afford it, it can't afford it.
Given that you probably know FM better than Flare, I'd do FM over Flare because unstructured Flare isn't going to buy you much, if anything, and there's still a steep learning curve. If it was me, and it was a newish project without tons of legacy content for conversion, I'd use FM with FMx. If there are tons of legacy content, I'd probably run unstructured Frame and convert later when there was time and money available. 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 Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 8:08 PM, Gillian Flato <gill6...@comcast.net> wrote: > Art, > > What I am trying to decide is if I should go with Tech Comm Suite or > Flare/Flare help at a job. If I do unstructured Frame, I can create > templates myself. If I do Structured Frame with DITA FMx, I can struggle > with it and eventually do it. If I do DITA, I have to hire someone to write > scripts which the company can’t afford. I was trying to find out if Flare > was a better alternative than Frame/Robohelp. > > -Gillian > > > On Apr 12, 2015, at 2:27 PM, Art Campbell <art.campb...@gmail.com> wrote: > > DITA is a standard for producing documentation. > > Frame, Flare, and a small herd of other editors can create documents that > support the DITA standards. > > So you're kind of asking an apples and oranges question -- one doesn't > equal the other; the editors all have different ways of producing content > that adheres to one or move of the DITA versions. > ________________ > And when you're talking about modifying "their" templates, are you talking > about DITA templates or Flare? > > Flare's, generally, are based on cascading style sheets with some weird > twists; they are customized for the particular output "target" -- online > help, PDF, what have you, so an H1 will likely be different sizes, fonts, > and so on depending on what output format you're creating > > 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 <http://www.thegrotonline.com/>, > hyperlocal news for Groton MA. > > On Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 3:52 PM, Gillian Flato <gill6...@comcast.net> > wrote: > >> How does Flare compare to DITA? It seems like you get all of the >> advantages of topic-baesd authoring, without having to have someone write >> scripts for you. Has anyone tried modifying their templates? How easy or >> difficult is that. How is their help file making product? >> >> Thanks >> Gillian >> _______________________________________________ >> >> >> You are currently subscribed to framers as art.campb...@gmail.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/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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