Re: MS Word outpaced by a snail

Subject: Re: MS Word outpaced by a snail
From: Linda Anderson <lindaa -at- PC-SERV1 -dot- EMTEK -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 19 May 1995 09:16:41 -0700

I would say PageMaker and Quark Xpress are most compatible. We are using
Framemaker where I currently work and have trouble importing Word
documents into it for some reason. I'm not sure what the problem is --
I'm not the Frame guru here -- but the guy who is our resident Frame guru
is having all sorts of trouble.


Stand quiet in your own circle

EMTEK Health Care Systems
Tempe, Arizona

On Fri, 19 May 1995, Susan Gerhart wrote:

> Since we loaded Word 6.0, life has been a nightmare for my tech writers and
> me. It is slow; it crashes, and does some really funny stuff with formatting
> on docs imported from 5.1. I would like to switch to another, more robust
> program for producing large manuals. But I have to consider the existing
> documentation. What publishing programs are the most compatible with MS-Word
> 6.0?

> Thanks.
> Susan Gerhart
> susang -at- cfer -dot- cti -dot- com
> ----------
> From: TECHWR-L
> To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
> Subject: Re: MS Word outpaced by a snail
> Date: Fri, May 19, 1995 8:56AM

> > I am trying to put together some manuals using Word 6.0. One
> manual
> > is about 360 pages and contains 240 screen dumps (TIFF format) and various
> > illustrations from Canvas. I followed Microsoft's advice and attempted to
> use
> > master documents. My machine crashed, strange temp files appeared, the
> master
> > document tool showed weird symptoms, the machine was outpaced by a snail
> > walking by (I have a pentium 90 with 16 meg), and the whole experience was
> > like rowing
> > an overloaded boat across the north sea, taking in water now and again
> > having to
> > to be very careful not to capsize. Not to mention the 'saves' - go to the
> > toilet, take
> > a walk around the building, drink two cups of coffee and come back.
> >
> > I have given up on master documents, almost given up on Microsoft support
> > ("well sir, perhaps you should make your documents smaller"),
> > and am considering giving up Word. Am I flogging a dead horse or ......
> >
> My suggestion? In a word: Frame. Or for that matter, any of the major
> desktop
> publishing packages. Word is a word processor, no matter how many bells and
> whistles Microsoft adds to it, and word processors choke on large
> documents,
> and certainly on manuals.

> I know that my suggestion might not be very practical for you, since you
> might
> have no choice but to use Word. In that case, I hope some current Word
> users
> can help you out. Having been in situations in which I was expected to blow
> up
> a bridge (i.e., produce a large manual) with a firecracker (i.e.,
> WordPerfect),
> I can sympathize with your plight. Good luck!

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