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


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