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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.
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
Events of Interest
CM Pros Summit: Enabling Content Personalization through Content
Management, November 28 - Boston, MA
DITA 2006, March 23-25, 2006 - Raleigh, NC