Word is also a memory hog.  It uses more than twice as much RAM as FM at
launch and sucks up more as time goes on.  It often runs out of memory and
sends error messages about no longer letting you undo anything.  If you are
working in a Word doc over 150 pages or so, you are definitely taking
chances and are likely to experience Word literally slowing down and
eventually grinding to a halt.

The Word autonumbering bug is horrendous to put it nicely.  Bulleted and
numbered lists are reformatted for you while you sleep (whether you want
them to be or not).  When you open the doc again, numbers have changed to
bullets, numeric lists are now alpha lists and start with e instead of 1, or
if you are lucky and they are still numbered, they start with 430 instead of
1.

This is not a joke folks, I see this every day at work.  We have created
some workarounds, but to answer Steve's question, it is NOT worth it.
Fortunately, we have also have FM, and are beginning to convince the powers
that be how much more stable and efficient FM is.

Diane

-----Original Message-----
From: framers-bounces+dgcaller=earthlink....@lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-bounces+dgcaller=earthlink.net at lists.frameusers.com]On
Behalf Of Steve Rickaby
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2006 2:39 AM
To: framers at FrameUsers.com
Subject: Re: Career advice--which application to focus on: FM or Word?


At 16:15 -0400 17/5/06, Ron Miller wrote:

>If I experiment with style changes, Word creates a new style like Body +
blue font + 6 pt line spacing. It handles numbered lists very poorly and it
is quirky and seems to lack any coherent use model. Frame on the other,
while not perfect (what software is) and certainly less intuitive at least
does what you want it to do and doesn't try to do so many things you wish it
wouldn't.

I think the key difference can be summed up by saying that Word takes a
lifetime to master to the degree at which it can be used to produce results
comparable to those that can be produced quite easily with Frame. It can be
done, but is it worth it?
--
Steve
-----Original Message-----
From:  Ron Miller
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 1:15 PM
To: John Posada
Cc: Framers at frameusers.com
Subject: Re: Career advice--which application to focus on: FM or Word?


I agree with John, tools are always changing, but that said, if you have
a choice, Frame is just so much more solid than Word. I've been working
on two projects recently. In one I'm in Word and I'm having the hardest
time just sticking to a template. If I experiment with style changes,
Word creates a new style like Body + blue font + 6 pt line spacing. It
handles numbered lists very poorly and it is quirky and seems to lack
any coherent use model. Frame on the other, while not perfect (what
software is) and certainly less intuitive at least does what you want it
to do and doesn't try to do so many things you wish it wouldn't.

Ron


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