Magic with FrameMaker: Migrating a combination of structured and unstructured content to DITA

April 1, 2013 @ 9:07 AM, By Parth Mukherjee

In conversion projects, time is often the limiting factor. Even if you really feel the entire 500-page manual should be converted to DITA or some other structure, you might be stuck with the old materials for a long time to come. And while you are hacking away at the old document, changing details in the read more…

Part (4) Reasons to upgrade from FM 7.x to FM 11: Catalogs and Format Overrides

February 28, 2013 @ 5:23 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Speaking from my over one thousand hours of experience “optimizing” unstructured FrameMaker files for translation and localization, I can vouch for the following fact: FrameMaker 11’s ability to handle catalog styles more efficiently than FrameMaker 7.x and its ability search and locate format overrides can reduce some production preparation tasks by as much as 90%! read more…

Changing the engine without stopping the car (part 2)

February 26, 2013 @ 7:26 AM, By Parth Mukherjee

In the first part of this 2-part article, I explained how mixing structured with unstructured content in the same publication process was vital to the success of several conversion projects I have undertaken in the past years. It is simply not feasible for a company to stop for months while rewriting their legacy documentation or converting all read more…

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