Hello Framers, I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the FrameMaker Chautauqua in Austin, Texas last week. I would like to thank Kay Ethier and Bernard Aschwanden for the great job they did hosting the conference. The facilities and food were excellent and there were some very useful presentations. RJ Jacquez from Adobe was there as a vendor and speaker, and he informally "announced" that FrameMaker 8 is in development. FrameMaker's Product Manager, Aseem Dokania, attended the conference as well. High on the list of new features is Unicode support. RoboHelp 6 is in beta.
DITA and structured FrameMaker were at the forefront, but in talking to people I found that there are still a lot of unstructured FrameMaker users out there. Some want to make the switch to structured Frame, but others have good quality, well-established workflows in unstructured Frame and don't have plans to switch. As always, it was good to meet new people, and to finally meet old email friends in person. And I enjoyed hanging out with some other (unnamed) bald guys. Rick Quatro Carmen Publishing 585-659-8267 www.frameexpert.com