What Richard said is accurate, but you may also want to investigate
MIF2go, a third party add in from omsys.com that would support both FM
versions and should generate like output from either.


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On Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 4:53 PM, Combs, Richard
<richard.combs at polycom.com> wrote:
> bruce.macarthur at vsea.com wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> I am new to the Framers group.
>> I develop the templates for the tech pubs group at my work. I have
> spent a
>> lot of time creating and maintaining templates and macros for
> WebWorks.
>> Several of our writers need to upgrade FM. I can't purchase FM7.2.
> This
>> would require the writers to upgrade to FM8. I purchased an upgrade to
> FM8
>> and can't figure out how to generate the HTML (or XML) outputs that
> would
>> look like what I produced with WebWorks. Since FM8 does not come with
> WW
>> standard, we would have to purchase a WW seat from Quadralay at great
>> expense. This forces us to make a decision on whether to stay with FM
> or
>> change to another application.
>> Is there a way to import templates and macros from WW?
>> Is there a way to define the HTML / XML page layout to include the
> banners
>> and navigation that WW created?
> OK, I've got bad news, worse news, and then better news for you. :-)
> Bad: WebWorks Publisher is long dead. You'd have to switch to its
> replacement, ePublisher Pro.
> Worse: ePublisher Pro is very different from WWP -- an xml-based
> solution with a non-trivial learning curve. Your WWP macro language
> skills don't transfer. Old WWP licenses no longer qualify for an upgrade
> price. And it costs an arm and a leg.
> Better: If you have to buy new FM licenses anyway, you should seriously
> consider the Adobe Technical Communication Suite instead. It includes
> versions of FM and RoboHelp that are tightly integrated (or so I'm told;
> we're still looking into it here, but are likely to upgrade to the suite
> soon).
> IMHO, YMMV, etc.
> Richard
> Richard G. Combs
> Senior Technical Writer
> Polycom, Inc.
> richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
> 303-223-5111
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