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InDesign vs. Framemaker

by wiiownzzz / July 16, 2006 2:24 PM PDT

Hello everyone,
I'm looking into different DTP software to purchase, and have narrowed my selection down to Adobe InDesign and Adobe Framemaker - I would love some advice and opinions!
I will need it for long documents of between 50-200 pages, comprising mainly of text and tables in multiple columns. I print long questionnaires, so it's mainly numbered questions and tables with difference response options in thems - very few graphics, but the precision of tables and check boxes, and their flexibility is essential. The ability to define styles and objects of a page would be great, as there are only about 10 different 'items' which my pages may consist of.
I need to be able to cross-reference also - not just an index, but cross-reference different pages/questions within the docuement. I haven't been able to find any evidence that I can do this in InDesign.
While it seems that Framemaker has a better reputation for long documents and books, I've heard rumours that Framemaker will soon be discontinued. This is something else I need to consider.
I would really appreciate any advice you can give me!

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Framemaker is usually the choice for ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 16, 2006 11:13 PM PDT

Older shops with entrenched users and "corporate standards" to maintain. While a fine book maker I would hesitate to call it DTP as some define it.

Even then we found it easier to get the content typed into Word (I don't use that but OPEN OFFICE) and then let our FrameHeads take the content to it's final form.

You are right about the long documents but I found it poor as a means to put the text into the documents.


PS. Still recovering from it's use.

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Adobe InDesign
by ryguy88games / August 23, 2006 1:21 AM PDT

Hi I'm a graphic designer and use InDesign daily. It does make large documents quite painless. It is not a word processor like Word or Word Perfect, I'd suggest doing all your corrections in one of those before porting it over to InDesign. Flowing Large documents, creating table of contents, stylesheets, links are all very simple in InDesign.

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I agree.
by klief / August 24, 2006 10:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Adobe InDesign

I'm also a designer and used to create quarterly rags consisting of 100 or more pages.

I agree with rice. The stylesheets make a huge difference in editing your project.

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