According to my coworker (who has more experience with this using Mif2Go software), worse possible scenario is a day of work for such a document. She hasn't tried it by saving the files as RTF directly from FrameMaker, but Mif2Go outputs to RTF files.
Too bad that Word's master/subdocument feature doesn't work. Nadine --- On Wed, 4/8/09, Saunders, Ian <ISaunders at syntellect.com> wrote: > From: Saunders, Ian <ISaunders at syntellect.com> > Subject: Metrics for converting FrameMaker documents to Word > To: "framers at lists.frameusers.com" <framers at lists.frameusers.com> > Received: Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 8:16 AM > Hi, > > Does anyone have a set of metrics that they use to estimate > the time required to convert a FrameMaker 8 document to an > MS Word equivalent? > > My experience has been that saving a Frame file to rtf is > fairly quick, with reasonable conversion of text and layout. > But after that you need to do the following post-processing > for each Frame file: > * Recreate xrefs and hyperlinks > * Re-insert index markers (after first removing whatever it > is they are converted to) > * Re-insert variables (or the Word equivalent) > * Re-apply some colours > * Convert the paragraph style names (if the Word and Frame > templates use different ones) > * Remove odd blank paragraphs > * Possibly recapture graphics and re-apply callouts > * Tweak paragraph formats - like removing extra line > spacing > * Edit tables so that row heights are not fixed and better > fit the cell contents > > The conversion and basic tidying seems to take about a > minute a page (no variable or index marker insertion), and > each xref takes about a minute to re-add; so a 50 page file > with 2 xrefs a page would be at least 150 minutes of work. > Does this seem right to you? > > Then one needs to: > * Weld the individual files together into a Word file > * Sort out page and paragraph numbering. > * Add a TOC and index > > I've not done these. Are they problematic? Are there > any other major steps that I have omitted? > > Will any third-party tools simplify the job? > > Thanks for any advice you can give! > > Ian Saunders > Syntellect Inc, UK > _______________________________________________ > > > You are currently subscribed to Framers as > generic668 at yahoo.ca. > > 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/generic668%40yahoo.ca > > Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. > Visit > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.