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Executive Summary: FrameMaker 7.0
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.
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 ListCorels VenturaMicrosofts Wordwww.adobe.com/products/framemaker