I am working up a justification for a client to move from FM 7.2 to FM 8.0.
Theirs is an unstructured FM environment with a shared-file architecture that
uses a lot of text insets and condition tags and variables. I have told them
that FM 8 would greatly simplify their condition catalog due to the use of
boolean expressions to show/hide conditions, which would eliminate a lot of
their "x+y" tags. But, since they already got the unlimited undo (well, more or
less) in FM 7, they're not convinced that just the boolean conditions would be
sufficient to justify the expense. I'm wondering if there's something else I'm
missing, like being able to apply conditions to a column at a time, rather than
just complete rows or text within a table cell...? Maybe there's something
better about how FM 8 handles text insets?
It would help, I think, if they were a structured shop, because it seems most
of the FM 8 benefits are targeted to the structured use of FM...but I'm happy
to be corrected!
Rene L. Stephenson