Executive Summary

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2002-09-30 Print this article Print

: FrameMaker 7.0"> Executive Summary: FrameMaker 7.0

Usability Fair
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
Adobes FrameMaker 7.0 combines proven capability in document production with new facilities for consuming XML-formatted data and for producing device-neutral output thats suitable for handhelds and Web clients as well as print. Its multiplatform flexibility suits the needs of the graphics and engineering environments that are most likely to be using workstation operating systems other than Windows, and it also maintains support for the many end users still running Windows 98.

Cost Analysis

Mainstream word processors have narrowed the gap in document layout capability that used to justify premium-priced publication tools. Basic productivity features such as spell checking remain relatively clumsy in the higher-priced products, compared with better-integrated aids that Microsofts Word has had since 1997. As critical content delivery emphasis shifts from static documents to dynamically generated Web pages, even the XML facilities of the new FrameMaker might seem like an inadequate bridge from the old century to the new.

(+) Provides opportunities to integrate data flow into structured documents, to develop content on many platforms and to deliver content to diverse devices.

(-) Anticipates application developer support to take advantage of XML facilities.

Evaluation Short List
  • Corels Ventura
  • Microsofts Word
  • www.adobe.com/products/framemaker

    Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at salesforce.com, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developersÔÇÖ technical requirements on the companyÔÇÖs evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter companyÔÇÖs first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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