Hi Mark, One thing that I have not seen mentioned is that there are changes to the autonumbering starting with 6.0. In 6.0 Adobe added 2 additional system variables ($chapnum, $volnum). These can be used at the book level and document level. These are vary good additions that makes numbering across the book much easier.
Z Ann Zdunczyk President a2z Publishing, Inc. http://www.a2z-pub.com ----- Original Message ----- From: Mark Lawrence <marklawre...@firstreadthis.com> Date: Friday, May 25, 2007 5:43 pm Subject: First Time Framer! To: framers at lists.frameusers.com > > Hi, > > I hope you don't mind me introducing myself to the list and then > askinga question straight away. My name is Mark, I am based in > Oxford, UK, > and I write reports that assist pharmaceuticals with their marketing > authorisations - at least that's the interesting part of my job. > > I've been looking at Framemaker for some time now, basically as an > alternative to grappling with changing layouts in Microsoft Word and > Publisher. The bottom line is that I enjoy writing content but I > loathethe fiddling around with layout. The fiddling always seems > to involve > 1) thinking that everything looks ok 2) printing a hardcopy, and then > realising that it doesn't look so good so editing it until my > waste bin > is, well, full of waste. > > My first step into Framer-dom (other than watching the Adobe demo and > downloading some whitepapers) was buying a cheap sealed copy of > Framemaker 5.5 in March on Ebay, which I plan to upgrade, either > to 7.2 > or 8 (when it's available). The reason I am being so hesitant to just > go out and buy the software and subsribe to every training course > available (other than cashflow) is that I am basically unsure whether > Framemaker will do the job I want it to, hence I will try to describe > what I need as follows in the hope that someone can advise me. > > My job involves producing 40 page reports in Microsoft Word. These > reports are nearly identical. I use the mailmerge feature in > Word to > import variables such as the date of the report, the name of the > producton which the report is based, the final score that the > product achieved > and so on. These are inserted at the relevant points in the text > usingmailmerge. Tables and graphs from an Excel spreadsheetare > are then > copied and pasted into the report manually. > > Is this something that I can do better using Framemaker? Please > bear in > mind that I am something of a perfectionist and would like to make my > reports look beautiful, but easy to produce. Would listees please > sharetheir experiences in terms of how long it took them to get to > grips with > this kind of functionality (I speak of mailmerge type things)? > > I hope I have expressed myself clearly. If there is any further > information I need to provide please let me know. I really appreciate > your attention and look forward to making your acquaintances, > > Best wishes, Mark > > > > > Mark Lawrence > Director > First Read This > +44 01865 30 40 52 > www.firstreadthis.com > _______________________________________________ > > > You are currently subscribed to Framers as azdunczyk at triad.rr.com. > > Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. > > To unsubscribe send a blank email to > framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com > or visit > http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/azdunczyk% 40triad.rr.com > Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. >