Sharon Burton, from MadCap, did a presentation at our last STC meeting. She said that Blaze was for people who only did print publishing and Flare was for print and help files etc.
Both Blaze and Flare make you write in a topic-oriented way, yet it doesn't do DITA. Sharon talked about all of the advantages of doing topic-oriented writing. I asked her why MadCap would make a product that doesn't do DITA when they are trying to compete with Frame. I said that right now, with Frame 8, all I had to do was flip it to structured and I had DITA, so moving to Blaze or Flare was a step backward. She didn't really have an answer for me on that. She said that Madcap was creating a CMS first, and then it was going to make Blaze and Flare DITA compatible. I told her that in my opinion, that was a bad plan. They will never be competitive with Frame until they do DITA, and no one is going to buy a CMS when they can get Subversion and CVS for free so they would be better off doing DITA now and the CMS later. I don't know if she passed on what I said to the MadCap people but we'll see. Thank you, Gillian Flato Technical Writer (Software) nanometrics 1550 Buckeye Dr. Milpitas, CA. 95035 408.545.6316 408.232.5911 gflato at nanometrics.com -----Original Message----- From: framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Michael M?ller-Hillebrand Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:17 AM To: Frame Users Subject: Re: MadCap Blaze Am 19.03.2008 um 17:05 schrieb Rick Henkel: > Flare has more than Blaze. Kind of like Flare : Blaze :: > Acrobat : Reader They must have something up their sleeve... or why did they once position Blaze as FrameMaker killer? You wouldn't expect a serious company to exaggerate things like that, would you? Maybe I forgot, that in marketing everything is allowed... Well, FrameMaker is still listed two times on the Blaze website: As possible import format and as output format (which would only be necessary if the products own print layout capabilities are somewhat limited). BTW, I am hesitant to install .NET 3.0 and enjoy your reports! - Michael -- _______________________________________________________________ Michael M?ller-Hillebrand: Dokumentations-Technologie Adobe Certified Expert, FrameMaker L?sungen und Training, FrameScript, XML/XSL, Unicode <http://cap-studio.de/> -- Tel. +49 (9131) 28747 _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as gflato at nanometrics.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/gflato%40nanometrics.com Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.