I can see Diane's point of view, but all in all, I agree with Jerry. I don't find the Welcome screen, usually at the back and seldom encountered unless I have no open books or docs, to be obtrusive. Sometimes, it's downright helpful. Thumbs up!
Jim -----Original Message----- From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Diane Gaskill Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 10:18 PM To: Jerry Kindall; framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: Re: Thumbs down: FrameMaker 9 Welcome Screen Well, to each his own, I guess. When I save things, I expect them to stay where I put them and not return to the default position. Further, when I upgrade software, I expect that the xy parameters of the file window would be preserved. I should not have to reset them, but this did not happen in FM9, even when I made changes and saved. But they did in FM8. Am I seeing a bug here? My book files are never buried behind any chapters. I keep my FM area organized so that this does not happen. A litle extra work at the beginning but it saves time later. Diane ============== -----Original Message----- >From: Jerry Kindall <j.kindall at tecplot.com> >Sent: Mar 30, 2009 9:28 AM >To: framers at lists.frameusers.com >Subject: Thumbs down: FrameMaker 9 Welcome Screen > >"Diane Gaskill" <dgcaller at earthlink.net> wrote: >> I also do not like the fact that FM9 opens a book file on the left >side of >> the FM window and its huge and docked. > >In my opinion, this is the single best improvement in the new >FrameMaker >9 UI. Now I don't have to dig out the book file from behind the >eleventy chapters I've opened in front of it, and if I have multiple >books open, they are managed separately from the chapters I've opened >from them. I can even arrange it so the books are tabs in a single >panel or so I can see them all at the same time, whichever way I want >to work. It makes FrameMaker much like an IDE for writing. > >BTW, the book area can be collapsed and will stay collapsed, addressing >your concern with how much space it takes -- your books then "fly out" >from an unobjectionable icon strip. I have been playing with this >mode, and I like it quite a bit. Of course, if you don't like the >books on the left, you can put them somewhere else, such as on the >right, on the bottom, or even in a tabbed strip across the top. It is >a frankly brilliant design and long overdue. > >Of course, if you want it to work the old way, that is simple too -- >you can tear the books off and position them as you like. They do >float over your other documents, which is a change, but wonder of >wonders, you can put them on your second display now! That is an >absolute usability improvement -- FrameMaker has finally moved into the '90s. > >The welcome screen? In an ordinary day I would see it for about five >seconds. I don't see any way to turn it off, but I also don't see any >reason to. > >I haven't done a major project in FrameMaker 9 yet, but so far the >changes I've seen are all obvious improvements that will make working >in FrameMaker much less frustrating. Now if only they'd get some >inheritance going with their document model, I'd be in heaven. > >-- >Jerry Kindall, SDK Technical Writer >Tecplot, Inc. | Enjoy the View >Bellevue, Washington, USA >_______________________________________________ > > >You are currently subscribed to Framers as dgcaller at earthlink.net. > >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/dgcaller%40earthlin >k.net > >Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit >http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as jim.pinkham at voith.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/jim.pinkham%40voith. com Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.