While I understand the rationale of starting with a later version, I'd like
to suggest that selecting a version of FM as a starter depends on what your
goals are. If all you want to do is learn the basics, I'd suggest no
earlier than FM6, as the GUI changed significantly from 5.5 to 6 and so did
the book-level features. If you want to start working with XML, then 7.2
would be the earliest version to use.
- just my rusty penny's worth
[mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com]On Behalf Of mulholland4
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 7:09 AM
To: Rick Quatro
Cc: framers at lists.frameusers.com
Subject: Re: What version of Frame to Get Started ?
FrameMaker 5.5 did have some issues and yes what Rick says is really sound
advice, don't go for anything less than version 7.2. Having said that, I
used version 5.5 and version 6 for many years and survived! If you can't
afford to upgrade at the moment, version 5.5 will allow you to produce a
large volume of work. And remember, when you do upgrade you can convert the
docs created in 5.5 to the upgrade version, however you can't go backwards.
On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 9:59 AM, Rick Quatro <frameexpert at truevine.net>
> Since you already have FrameMaker 5.5, you can upgrade to version 8 for
> about $300. Unless you can get an earlier version for much less, this
> like the way to go. If you are going to settle for an earlier version, I
> wouldn't go lower than FrameMaker 7.2.
> Rick Quatro
> Carmen Publishing
> > Good Morning,
> > I want to learn more about Framemaker,
> > I have Ver. 5.5 and have fooled with that but
> > need more experience...
> > The prices of the latest version scare me, unless
> > I had a contract or revenue input from writing...
> > Recognizing that ver. 5.5 has basic functionality,
> > what would be a next step?
> > Is it worth searching EBay for ver. 6.0 or try
> > to find ver. 7.1 at a reasonable price?
> > On occasion, I find late versions of "Upgrade" packages
> > available on EBay... Would some version of Upgrade 7.0
> > (or 7.1) bring my ver. 5.5 up to the next current level?
> > The recent List discussion on Jahred's "Beyond the Basics"
> > has stirred my curiosity, therefore I have found a copy
> > of that text to read and review...
> > Any comments appreciated
> > A (latent) newbie Writer.
> > -pc
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