Buyers Regret

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Tue, 08 Jun 1999 16:47:22 -0700

After 3 tries of a horrendous Adobe Framemaker error that crashed my whole
Windows system, I went trolling the Adobe site for support patches.

I upgraded my Win32 Framemaker 5.5 and SGI Irix 6.3 5.11 versions
both for $35 plus $12 shipping plus tax for a total of $50.20. Quite the deal.
The latest version 5.5.6 has the following nifty features. Their
purchase prices range from $895 for a PC/Mac singler version to
a $2,595 floating license.

I'm totally blown away at all the document translation formats
the support. I also like the XML export and PDF import. Now
if they'd just support WebDAV instead of ODMA.


How does FrameMaker 5.5.6 differ from version 5.5.3?

Improved import and export filters - FrameMaker 5.5.6
features a powerful new set of import and export filters, including
Microsoft Word 8.0 (Windows, Power Macintosh, and UNIX).
You can import more than 50 types of files, and save
FrameMaker documents in common word-processing formats,
reducing document conversion costs and allowing access to legacy

PDF import - With version 5.5.6, you can now place any page
from an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file directly into
a FrameMaker document (Power Macintosh and Windows only).
You can include the PDF page by reference or copy it into the

XML export - FrameMaker and FrameMaker+SGML will
output documents in XML format for smarter, more searchable
Web content. Within FrameMaker, just map paragraph and
character tags to XML elements.

ODMA support - ODMA is an industry-standard API used with
document management systems (DMSs). FrameMaker 5.5.6 for
Windows ships with a plug-in that enables you to connect to an
ODMA-compliant DMS. From FrameMaker, you will be able to
access documents in the DMS via check-in, check-out, search,

Asian character support - FrameMaker 5.5.6 adds support for
double-byte characters. You can input Japanese, Chinese, and
Korean characters into your FrameMaker documents if you have
the appropriate operating system and fonts.