<RANT>First let me say that I think that ePublisher licenses are  
highway robbery. For example, they do not allow you to upgrade from an  
older version; instead, you pay the full price.  I had webworks  
publisher pro, or whatever the version was before epublisher. No  
upgrade path for that because I did not upgrade when epublisher came  
out. I'd like to know what software planet webworks operates on,  
because I have NEVER bought ANY software that did not have an upgrade  

Also, webworks support will cost you plenty. NOTHING is free. Example,  
even though we bought two new licences and had difficulties installing  
it on one of our machines, Webwork offers NO support for this. This  
really pissed me off, especially since it turns out that my install  
problems were due to their poor documentation (there was no mention  
that you could only have one version of frame installed. I wasted a  
complete day getting the install to work).

Their documentation is almost worthless. It's essentially a functional  
spec; eg, this function does this, this function does that, etc. There  
is very little "How To" help in the so-called "help" file. And to make  
it even worse, they don't even have a forum where you can post  
questions; you have to go to the yahoo webworks group which is  
supported by some very kindly webworks users.</RANT>

However, now that you know my opinion of Webworks as a company, I will  
admit that the new epubisher a pretty nice tool. I had a hard time  
getting used to the new interface, but once I did, it converted my fm  
books pretty flawlessly. With Webworks Publisher, I would have to do  
extensive template modificaitons to get the html output to look the  
way I wanted it to look. But with epub, the output was almost perfect  
without any mods. And it was VERY EASY to set up a multi-volume help  
project (one with many different books). Because I was helping to set  
up this project for users who beginner frame  and webworks users, ease  
of use was VERY important.

epub is also much faster than wwpub pro at converting fm books. A real  
plus when you are developing a new project and need to generate output  
many times a day.

One of the best things about epub, compared to robo help is that it  
uses your frame docs as the source. Last I checked, robo help still  
only uses the frame docs to import the project. Once imported, you  
have two content sources: robo help and frame.

I haven't use flare so can't comment on it.

I tried mif2go; it can almost do what epub can do, but requires a LOT  
more mucking around in the code. If price is your bottom line, it  
might be worth looking at. But I'd be willing to bet that if you keep  
track of your hours learning mif2go versus epub, the cost difference  
would be negligible.

So that's the sad story. Because webworks is the only game in town,  
they can get away with their Draconian licensing practices.

Pat Fortino

- Web Sites
- Technical Writing
- Editing
- Desktop Publishing

Get Firefox, a Safer, Faster, and Better Browser

On Sep 12, 2008, at 9:47 PM, Jeremy H. Griffith wrote:

> On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:58:51 -0700, "Callie Bertsche"
> <c.bertsche at tecplot.com> wrote:
>> - Have other products sharpened their competitive edge since our last
>> tool decision (a few years ago)? For instance, comparisons with  
>> MadCap
>> or Flare?
>> In considering a new product, I know immediately I value the  
>> following:
>> - Dynamic connection with FrameMaker documents (ability to rescan/ 
>> update
>> files in help project file)
>> - Ability to set variables and conditions or pass them through from  
>> the
>> document, in a user-friendly manner, when building the help
> You might look at Mif2Go, if you haven't lately.  It does both of
> those things, and in fact everything that ePP does with FrameMaker,
> and more.  (ePP can also process other XML sources, and Word source
> docs, which Mif2Go does not; we're FrameMaker-only).  Mif2Go is also
> a lot more affordable, way faster, and we think produces better  
> output.
> Try the free unlimited demo, and see for yourself:
>  http://www.omsys.com/dcl/download.htm
>> Thanks for any "help" on the help anyone has time to give!
> HTH!
> -- Jeremy H. Griffith, at Omni Systems Inc.
>  <jeremy at omsys.com>  http://www.omsys.com/
> _______________________________________________
> You are currently subscribed to Framers as pxforti at gmail.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/pxforti%40gmail.com
> Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit
> http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.

Reply via email to