The Secret's Out - OpenOffice.org rocks even long-standing FrameMaker users

OpenOffice.org users are well used to creating large high-quality documents and books, but the secret is starting to get out to more folks who live or die by the quality of their document creation.

Bruce Byfield over on NewsForge hits the nail on the head with his article Replacing FrameMaker with OOo Writer.

Key quotes:
  • I could find no features that FrameMaker had that Writer entirely lacked. By contrast, Writer has several that FrameMaker does not, including Autotext and AutoCorrect/Autoformat, and a chart mode.
  • At the end of the comparison, I had to conclude that the two products compare quite closely, depending on what features are more important to a given user. FrameMaker's superiority for sideheads, for instance, may sway some users, or Writer's in indexes and tables of contents. Nor are the advantages listed here equally decisive; Writer's victory in styles, for example, is narrower than FrameMaker's in cross-references and sideheads.
  • So long as [users] take the time to learn Writer, they can be in little doubt that they are using software that competes with FrameMaker on its own terms
Man, you just gotta love open-source!
Comments:

Thanks for blogging this, Colm. Maybe even more FrameMaker fans will want to get to know OO.o/SO now.

Posted by Liz on October 08, 2004 at 12:04 AM PDT #

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