Whilst it may be wrong to compare this scenario to one offered by a free
product...

Firefox and extensions anyone? Add in some charges/licensing and you have
what seems to be a good model that is flexible enough for everyone involved,
including Adobe?

I agree with Shlomo, I think a lot of people use FM out of the box, and I'd
guess that it's largely because it's not made obvious that there ARE
plugins, and then once you are aware they exist, finding them can be quite
tricky (that list of Index plugins includes some I've never even heard
of...).

Gordon

-----Original Message-----
Subject: RE: Frame's future

Licensing and integrating existing plug-ins is an excellent way to extend
functionality of a core product. In response to Hedley's suggestion, I
mentioned the DITA and Apply Master Pages plug-ins as examples for plug-ins
that are already incorporated into FrameMaker.

There are many high-quality plug-ins out there that could significantly
improve the end user experience -- handling tables, indexing, markers,
conversion, manage formats, archiving, and many more. The FrameScript
runtime is also a great idea.

Even though some of the existing 3rd party add-ons are low cost (or even
free), my impression is that the vast majority of FrameMaker users use
FrameMaker as it comes out of the box (this is probably true with respect to
other products).


Shlomo Perets


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