Re: DTP tools

Subject: Re: DTP tools
From: Kat Nagel/MasterWork <katnagel -at- EZNET -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 1996 11:20:37 -0500

>Miki Magyar <MDM0857 -at- MCDATA -dot- COM> wrote
>Indeed. I did a 530-page manual in Word for Macintosh 5.1, including the
>layout. It was a good-looking manual, too, with plenty of spiffy design
>features. Later I did a 350-page manual in the same program, though it
>wasn't quite as spiffy.

Word 5.1 was a nice program. Pretty fast. Not too much of a memory hog.
Convenient for anything that could be done in a single file. My program of
choice for anything that contained sorted tables. I used it for about a
third of
my work until they butchered it to create version 6 (the other 2/3 was in

Now I only use Word if I am (a) forced to by a client, (b) billing by the hour,
and (c) working on site so they can actually -see- what I'm using. If I'm
working in my own office, I do the project in Frame. If the client wants the
electronic files in Word format, I convert just before I hand it off, and use
work-arounds to cobble together something that will print out looking like
the Frame version.

I'm considering developing a two-level price and time estimate scale for
flat-rate contracts:

[$xxxx/y weeks for FrameMaker]
[$XXXX/ Y weeks for Word]
X = at least 2x. Y = at least 2y.

Kat Nagel, MasterWork Consulting Services
Technical writing / Editing / Document design / Research

"I knew that much of my memory had migrated from protoplasm to silicon,
but I didn't realize how true that was of my social life as well."
___K. Watkins, posted to Wordplay-L (December, 1996)

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