Even though the files are binary and you can't do diffs, the other benefits of a good version control system are well worth it.
- You can always go back to a previous version, whether it's the version from yesterday or last quarter's release. - Archiving is simple with tags. - You always know who the last person to work on a file was. - File locking for binary files makes it very difficult to step on each other's work. - It is impossible to delete something from the repository, this means it is extremely difficult for someone to permanently mess up a document. (You can delete stuff from the "current version" but it still exists in the older versions.) - Since each person has their own local working copy of files, you rarely have network issues and absolute path problems can be minimized. - Provided you're update/commit (check-out/check-in) policies are followed, you always know where the latest version of any doc is. - If you move to structured Frame and XML, you can do diffs as well as branching and merging. We use Subversion with TortoiseSVN. Terminology and specific benefits may be different for other systems. Mike -----Original Message----- From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of quills at airmail.net Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 3:36 PM To: Donald M Rinderknecht; Flato, Gillian Cc: Framers List Subject: Re: Source Control for Frame At 1:53 PM -0600 12/9/08, Donald M Rinderknecht wrote: >Hi Gillian, > >Other than the diff report (which I assume provides more details than >just a time/date stamp) is SVN useful? > >I've been wanting some centralized document management for our >FrameMaker (and other) files for a long time. We have several folks >that author materials, sometimes in teams. I'd like to have check >in/check out and versioning at the very least. It would be really cool >to be able to metatag content and search for it also. > >Folks have mentioned going to MIF files or XML. Wouldn't those options >add steps to the workflow? I assume they (MIF or XML) would affect the >workflow in a similar fashion. Also, going to XML would require >structure (I assume) so I don't think we're ready for that. We've >started to use structure in some docs, but I haven't had time to >implement that broadly. > >What is PDM? > >Thanks, >don. > >Don Rinderknecht -- 405.325.2805 >Meteorologist Instructor/Developer >Warning Decision Training Branch, Norman, OK http://www.wdtb.noaa.gov If you are working with a team that may be assigned files that others are working on, the locking capability is nice. It prevents others from checking out the file you are working on. Other than having that and a a date time stamp version, there isn't a lot that any source control system can add for Frame since the primary files are binary. Scott _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as mike.feimster at acstechnologies.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/mike.feimster%40acst echnologies.com Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.