Great news!

This seems to me to be the official stamp of Adobe finally
acknowledging FrameMaker for what it is first and foremost: the best
all-over technical publication workhorse.

IMHO it only remains for Adobe to realise that FM is also one of the
best tools for regular book layout, except for one factor: Foreign
language support is very little. Only a few languages are really
supported. So therefore the vast majority are using Quark and

But congratulations, Adobe; congratulatios Framedome.


On 9/25/07, Dov Isaacs <isaacs at> wrote:
> ( BW)(CA-ADOBE-SYSTEMS)(ADBE) Adobe Unveils Technical Communication
> Suite
>     Integrated Toolkit for Technical Writers Includes Major Upgrade to
> RoboHelp
>     Business Editors/Technology Writers
>     SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 25, 2007--Adobe Systems
> Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe(R) Technical
> Communication Suite software, a first-of-a-kind, integrated solution
> for authoring, managing, and publishing technical information and
> training content across multiple formats and languages. Using the
> Adobe Technical Communication Suite, technical communicators and
> instructional designers can create powerful documentation, eLearning
> courses and user assistance programs containing both traditional text
> and graphics along with rich media, including Adobe Flash(R) Player
> compatible video and 3D.
>     The suite includes Adobe RoboHelp(R) 7, a major upgrade to Adobe's
> help system and knowledge base authoring tool, as well as Adobe
> FrameMaker(R) 8, Adobe Captivate(R) 3 and Adobe Acrobat(R) 3D Version
> 8 software. Product and workflow integration and support for rich
> media formats -- including Adobe Flash Player compatible video, SWF,
> MP3 and AVI files as well as industry standards, such as Adobe
> Portable Document Format (PDF), XML and Darwin Information Typing
> Architecture (DITA) -- empower authors to deliver compelling
> information, save time and reduce discrepancies in content.
>     "Adobe's leadership in the industry puts us in a unique position
> to deliver a completely new product, targeted squarely at technical
> communicators and instructional designers," said Naresh Gupta, senior
> vice president, Print and Classic Publishing at Adobe. "The Technical
> Communication Suite provides all the tools publishers need to take
> technical communication to the next level with dramatically improved
> workflows and rich features like video, animations, 3D and Unicode
> support."
>     Inside the Technical Communication Suite
>     Introduced today, RoboHelp 7 delivers major new features enabling
> technical communicators to author, manage, and publish engaging
> content for embedded help systems and standalone knowledge bases. For
> the first time, technical communicators can easily update their online
> help systems with information authored in FrameMaker 8, without the
> need to re-import files for each update. The new release also adds
> Unicode support for publishing in multiple languages.
>     Automated wizards and topic templates allow users to incorporate
> standard and advanced help features, including table of contents,
> indexes, glossaries, graphics, sound, video, simulations and
> navigation. Authors can generate multiple tables of content and apply
> conditional tags, index items, folders, and tailor output for specific
> purposes and formats, such as HTML, Adobe PDF and FlashHelp(R).
> RoboHelp 7 also supports a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) allowing
> easy copy and paste editing across topics. Additional new features
> include an updated and customizable user interface, enhancements to
> the HTML editor, and improved navigation and search features. For more
> details please visit
>     Launched in July 2007, FrameMaker 8 is a complete authoring and
> publishing tool that combines the simplicity of word processing with
> the power of XML. The new version adds support for 3D, DITA, XML and
> Unicode. With the integration of Adobe Captivate 3 technical authors
> can deliver high-impact information with quizzes, visual product
> demonstrations and simulations - all without the need for multimedia
> development skills. Acrobat 3D version 8 delivers a complete and more
> secure way to collaborate with extended teams on 3D designs via Adobe
> PDF documents. Technical communicators can easily manipulate and
> incorporate interactive 3D models without having to purchase CAD
> software.
>     Pricing and Availability
>     Adobe Technical Communication Suite will be available for
> Microsoft(R) Windows Vista(TM) and Windows(R) XP and is expected to
> ship by the end of October 2007 at an estimated price of US$1,599.
> Users can upgrade for an estimated price of US$999 if they have prior
> versions of Adobe Captivate, FrameMaker or RoboHelp. To learn more
> about the suite please visit
>     RoboHelp 7 and RoboHelp Server 7 will be available for Microsoft
> Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows 2000 and are expected to ship by
> the end of October 2007 at an estimated price of US$999 for RoboHelp 7
> and US$1,999 for RoboHelp Server 7. Customers of RoboHelp 6 and
> RoboHelp Server 6 can upgrade for an estimated price of US$79 and
> US$160 respectively. Customers of any previous version of RoboHelp can
> upgrade to RoboHelp 7 for an estimated price of US$499. For more
> information and additional upgrade pricing visit
>     About Adobe Systems Incorporated
>     Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and
> information - anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more
> information, visit
>     (C) 2007 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe,
> the Adobe logo, Acrobat, Captivate, Flash, FlashHelp, FrameMaker and
> RoboHelp are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe
> Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.
> Microsoft, Vista and Windows are either a registered trademark or a
> trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the Unites States and/or other
> countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
> owners.
>     --30--
>     CONTACT: Adobe Systems Incorporated
>              Stefan Offermann, 408-536-4023
>              sofferma at
>              or
>              A&R Edelman
>              Jody Farrar, 650-762-2925
>              jfarrar at
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