I would love to know more from a slightly different angle: I am a sort of 
InDesign "weekend warrior". I use InDesign for some side projects that I do for 
fun. They'd be more fun if I could use more of my FM skills...  For example, I 
guess there is a plug-in that can handle cross references? That would be 
helpful, but I don't know what it is or how to get it. Likewise with variables. 
I'd love to see a FrameMaker User's Guide to InDesign. 


From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com on behalf of Peter Gold
Sent: Fri 9/12/2008 9:57 AM
To: Art Campbell
Cc: framers
Subject: Re: InDesign as a replacement for Framemaker

This time I agree fully with Art!

On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 8:24 AM, Art Campbell <art.campbell at gmail.com> wrote:
> As interesting as the thread on XML is (and it is), the OP didn't ask
> anything about, or related to, XML. So we're experiencing some basic
> thread drift.
> He's asking about moving from a technical publishing tool to a
> design-driven tool, but not providing any details on why, or what
> features he uses, or needs, or any other useful details.
> So other than saying that "Yes, you can do it, but unless you require
> something that ID offers that FM doesn't it probably isn't worth the
> bother," it's really difficult to go further than that. IMHO, of
> course.

It would be great to hear from the original poster, as well as anyone
else who's considering making the move, or who is trying to make the
move, about what's absolutely essential, what's been troublesome to
adjust to, and what adjustments were smooth.


Peter Gold
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