Framers, It's been a full three months since I last saw a Frame doc, having changed careers, companies, industries and most things that were familiar. I'm now tasked with managing the proposal process at a new place.
Our proposals are 50-100 page documents (8-12 per month) with a mixture of original sales writing, stock content, and responses to questions. The deadlines are tight, and involve multiple, fairly willing contributors. It's like technical writing on speed, IMO. Deliverables are about 60% PDF and 40% paper. I think paper is declining rapidly. The process I inherited is Word-based. So my nice, clean template gets fairly polluted right away when pasting in client RFP questions, stock answers, and material created in Word by people who aren't in the document business. The good thing is there are few boundaries on change here. This process can literally be scrapped if I have a superior replacement that makes good sense. So if you could do it all over - what would you do? My thoughts: A. Office 2007 Word - This is supposed to have structured authoring. We'll wait for a demo. B. Structured Frame - I've never designed a structured template, and would I have to buy seats for all contributors? C. Structured Frame with Frame Server - I haven't heard a lot of people here mention it. We manage a file based, and growing content repository to help with proposal questions. Does it make sense? D. Arbortext - Pay to have all document issues resolved. Did I miss any? Did I miss the point of some? Thanks, Joe D. Joseph Sims Communications Group Manager Sutherland Global Services 1160 Pittsford-Victor Rd. Pittsford, New York 14534 Office - (585) 586-5757 *2447 Cell - (585) 967-4187