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XMetaL, DITA and FrameMaker Together????

BlastRadius, the makers of the popular XML authoring tool XMetaL, are 
making a unique offer to Adobe FrameMaker users: Buy XMetaL Author DITA 
Edition (25% off until December 31, 2005), but use it WITH FrameMaker. 
Wow! That's not the kind of offer I expected to receive from Blast 
Radius, but it makes good sense for many FrameMaker users. Here's why.

FrameMaker's greatest strength is its publishing engine. XML authoring 
tools like XMetaL don't have powerful publishing capabilities but they 
have better support for DITA. But, when FrameMaker is combined with 
XMetaL Author DITA Edition, problem solved. Use XMetaL to create 
structured XML content, use FrameMaker as the publishing engine, and 
deliver DITA-based content to multiple outputs. Not a bad idea.

<a href=http://www.xmetal.com/en_us/marketing/frameoffer/index.x?XMAD> 
Learn more</a>.

Is anyone currently do this? I know of a few organizations that have 
tried this approach and it seems to work well for them. But I'd love to 
know if anyone else is considering this combination.

P.S. BlastRadius ups the ante of the offering by offerng a "free day of 
consulting and a risk-free proof-of-concept" (restrictions apply). The 
website also features a DITA FAQ, product demonstrations, and access to 
a downloadable "trial version" of the software.


Scott Abel, Content Management Strategist
3421 Crystal Lakes Ct., Sarasota FL 34235
abelsp@netdirect.net      941-359-3416

Events of Interest
CM Pros Summit: Enabling Content Personalization through Content 
Management, November 28 - Boston, MA

DITA 2006, March 23-25, 2006 - Raleigh, NC


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