FrameMaker(R) 7: The Complete Reference
||Author: Sarah S. O'Keefe, Sheila A. Loring|
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media (11 June, 2002)
Sales Rank: 16,985
Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
Good Information, but Some Deficiencies
FrameMaker 7: The Complete Reference is, as described in virtually all of its reviews here at amazon.com, a good reference book and a good choice for learning FrameMaker. Its information is good; however, the book's paper, print quality, and binding are all very poor. The spine on my copy broke after just a few days of handling. My copy is destined to shortly fall into several pieces. If you compare this book's physical quality to the quality of Adobe's FrameMaker 7.0 Classroom in Book, you will see a world of difference. Again, the information the book contains is good. The book is mostly complete, excepting its structured application development deficiencies. With respect to structured application development, I must say it is almost, but not quite completely, deficient.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Saved my Sanity
I used it a lot when I was new to Frame, and it saved me untold grief and anguish! Now that I'm a bit more sophisticated, I've moved on to the Advanced Features. Again, this book is invaluable. I hope the author comes out with another book totally devoted to structured Framemaker and XML. That's still a bit of a mystery to me!
Rating: 3 out of 5
Less Tutoring of the Obvious More Tips and Hints
I appreciate all the effort and information that went into this
book, at 847 pages it must have been a huge effort to produce this book.
The problem is that I'm not finding it more useful than the User's Guide that ships with the product. Adobe's User's Guide is quite good, so doing something much better would be difficult.
Framemaker is very difficult to get started on, unless you use it continuously in an environment with good templates and friendly experts, it is easy to snag on some obscure setting that is
buried in window riddled with options. Further, you can do major damage to your document by not understanding the full implications of what happens when you import formats, for example. Gee, nagging little clues like the like * in front of paragraph tags turn out to mean important things, but you end up learning about important things the hard way. I would have like to see less ink spent on obvious items such as explaining in text all of the meanings of icons on the Toolbar, and more text explaining variables, and debug for common problems.
Framemaker is the big powerful tractor of book writing, when you
have a huge field neatly plowed behind you, you love it, when the damn thing won't start or you crushed something valuable, you hate. I actually don't have a tractor, and in summary this
book hasn't been very useful yet.
· XML Weekend Crash Course (with CD-ROM)
· Managing Your Documentation Projects
· Adobe FrameMaker 7.0 Classroom in a Book
· FrameMaker 7 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide