I haven't used XMetal, but we do use FM9 to author DITA XML, and ePublisher (XML adapter) to create online help. We author XML files and ditamaps in FM9. To create PDFs, we save our ditamaps as composite FM books, which works fine. After the books are generated, we apply templates to the FM files to make them look the way we want. From there, we generate our PDF files. However, WebWorks (ePublisher) says that it plans to create a PDF output that you can format from within ePublisher. If this works the way that I expect, we can generate all of our outputs through ePublisher.
If you choose FM, do get FM9. It handles DITA much better than FM8. You cannot use callouts in graphics, but I think this is true of any DITA XML. We use attribute values and ditaval files instead of conditional text to perform conditional filtering. DITA/FM has its own "paragraph styles", but you can make them look however you want by editing the underlying templates and EDD files. CMS is not a consideration for us (yet), so I cannot answer to that. Nadine Andersen, Verner Engell VEA wrote: > Hi > I currently use unstructured Framemaker for pdf output. I single-source > my content - and via Webworks Publisher I output to context-sensitive > help in Webworks help format. > > My 5 colleagues use Word and output to pdf for printing. We plan to go > structured and are considering whether we should use Framemaker or > XMetal. > > Do any of you know where I can find an unbiased comparison of the two > tools? > > I have been told that the major disadvantage of using Framemaker is that > you are required to save in binary format to keep the > Framemaker-specific XML processing instructions (pls). If you store in > xml-format you cannot retrieve and maintain conditional text. Callouts > on drawings (the graphics tool in Framemaker) will be rasterized, and > even paragraph styles can be discarded if you save a document as XML. > > What are the implications of sacrificing saving documents as XML? > > Another advantage in favor of XMetal should be that it has > vendor-supported integration with most content management systems (CMS). > Apparently XMetal seems to be the best choice. > > What are your comments? > > Thanks, > > Verner > -------------------------------------------------------- > > > Radiometer Medical ApS > Akandevej 21 > 2700 Bronshoj > Denmark > Phone: +45 38 27 38 27 > CVR: 27 50 91 85 > www.radiometer.com > For the latest trends in acute care testing, go to Radiometer's knowledge > site www.acutecaretesting.org > > > > -------------------------------------------------------- > > Please be advised that this email may contain confidential information. > If you are not the intended recipient, please do not read, copy or > re-transmit this email. If you have received this email in error, > please notify us by email by replying to the sender and by telephone > (call us collect at +1 202-828-0850) and delete this message and any > attachments. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance. > > In addition, Danaher and its subsidiaries disclaim that the content of > this email constitutes an offer to enter into, or the acceptance of, > any > contract or agreement or any amendment thereto; provided that the > foregoing disclaimer does not invalidate the binding effect of any > digital or other electronic reproduction of a manual signature that is > included in any attachment to this email. > _______________________________________________ > > > 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. > >