Whoa, Will! I'm not saying unequivocally they won't. It is a distinct
possibility because the company really is not penurious. But part of the
question is timing and part of it is picking what you ask for. We've got
a big software upgrade purchase going through the channels for myself
and a colleague, and I don't want to do anything right now that might
derail or delay that. Template Mapper may be an option, but I'm
operating under the assumption that now is not the right moment to ask.
I phrased the question as I did because I didn't want to get hung up on
something that very well might not happen now when other options could
be available. The responses that have come have borne out some very
Not so grumpy after a long weekend :)
[mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Whites
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008 8:32 PM
To: Pinkham, Jim
Cc: framers at lists.frameusers.com
Subject: Re: Of Templates and Legacy Docs
So my understanding is that the company you work for will not spring for
$200 for SW that will end up saving you dozens of hours of grunt work
and the company possibly thousands of dollars in your salary.
"For discussion's sake," let's say buy Template Mapper with your own
funds, use it for this project, and uninstall it when you leave to go to
a wiser and less penurious employer.
Unless your children are truly going to do without milk and shoes, I'd
say spend the $200.
Feeling rather grumpy this Friday afternoon,
On May 23, 2008, at 11:17 AM, Pinkham, Jim wrote:
> Hello, all --
> I've just spent a couple of days getting our standard manual template
> tweaked and polished and localized from its timeworn Germanic origins
> (we inherited from our corporate parent across the pond). Now the task
> is to begin applying the template to new docs that are often based
> upon old manuals that used the old template. Looks like Template
> Mapper would be perfect for the task, but let's assume that no matter
> how wise and cost-effective and practical it might be, that $200 is
> not an option in the near future. So let's not go there. We'll just
> postulate that's a good idea, and leave it at that. For discussion's
> sake, this is a $0 project.
> The question is this: Just using the normal set of tools that comes
> with Frame (7.1 on Windows XP SP-2), and possibly freeware, what is
> the fastest, most effective way to migrate a new template into old
> docs. Am I doomed to paragraph-by-paragraph, table-by-table, and
> cell-by-cell transformations? Or are there better alternatives?
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