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Subject:Framemaker vs. Flare for PDFs From:Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com> To:TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Thu, 9 Jun 2011 19:26:05 -0700
Framemaker advantages over Flare when creating PDFs:
- automatic update of text insets (most comparable Flare feature is
External Resources; workaround is Global Project Linking)
- bookmarks can automatically be collapsed except for top level (Flare
is fully expanded, looks unprofessional)
- cross-references between PDFs
- document compare / change tracking markup (Flare's review features
require separate application with licenses for all reviewers)
- image hyperlinks (feature exists in Flare but is not generated in PDF)
- keyboard shortcut for nonbreaking hyphen (workaround possible)
- named destinations (feature exists in Flare but is not generated in PDF)
- set image DPI (workaround: use third-party image editor)
I haven't found any advantages to Flare if your only deliverable is
PDF. It is very nice to be able to edit the .html or .xml files in a
text editor to fix problems, but on the other hand I've rarely had to
export .mif from Framemaker.
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