You can use Final Draft by Quadralay to convert FM docs to an xml format that anyone with their free reader can read and/or mark up. It's similar to the Acrobat 7 Pro setup. Lotsa bucks for the main program, but the reader is free.
And I sure hope hat FM never merges with InDesign. The InDesign GUI is just plain awful and the online help is not helpful at ALL. I certainly hope i never have to use it again. Diane -----Original Message----- >From: John Sgammato <jsgammato at IMPRIVATA.com> >Sent: Jan 10, 2006 10:55 AM >To: Phillip Norman <pjnorman at gmail.com>, framers at lists.frameusers.com >Subject: RE: FrameMaker at Kinko's > >Long ago there was a product called FrameReader that enabled the user to >view but not edit .fm files. It was very inexpensive, in the $29.95 >area. >I remember a printer I worked with in Boston bought it so they could >more easily work with my files. > >These days I have no trouble with sending a PDF to the printer. I send >covers and an installation poster as Adobe InDesign or Adobe Illustrator >files, but FrameMaker files still have to go as PDF. It is another step >to my process, but not an onerous one. > >In my experience, if there is an issue that would cause a printer to >want to tweak my files, there is probably an underlying problem that I >want to know about. For example, if the font is a tiny bit different, >but different enough to cause a problem in one place that the printer >wants to tweak, then it might also cause a problem somewhere else that >we won't see until too late. > >I wonder if a future version of FrameMaker will merge with InDesign? > >-----Original Message----- >From: framers-bounces+jsgammato=imprivata.com at lists.frameusers.com >On Behalf Of Phillip Norman >Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 12:51 PM >To: framers at lists.frameusers.com >Subject: FrameMaker at Kinko's > >I use FrameMaker daily, for letters and a variety of business forms, >as documents to receive and organize internet information including >FrameUsers threads, and as a flexible receiver of pictures and stories >for pdf albums. I find these tasks unbearable in Word, just as writers >in this forum find Word unbearable for complex structured documents. >My response to the August 2004 FrameMaker Survey was a request that >FrameMaker be offered to a much broader market, affording price >competition with Word. We should hope to find FrameMaker at Kinko's. > >I invite a conversation on this subject. Isn't FrameMaker the best >word processor? Do others find FrameMaker the best application for >albums? I am content with v5.5.6 for what I do, and apologize if I >should be aware of existing templates for a broader market, in v7. >_______________________________________________ > >