We currently use Structured FrameMaker for creating and updating Parts Guides. These guides consist of graphics on the left hand side of the page
and a parts list (bill of materials table) on the right side. They can range in size from 50 - 200+ pages, so this is a time-consuming process.
It involves typing the parts name, number, remarks, etc., (from the new or marked-up pdf) into a table in FM. Management wants to streamline this process to save time, yet maintain the standard look of our existing parts guides. The final output for the customer is a pdf and CDs.
I have used RoboHelp (v. 5 & 6) in a previous assignment. Does the current RH version have the capability of importing text/tables
directly from a pdf? Will it import graphics (.wmf)? As I recall, pdfs, CDs and online help can all be created from one RH document?
Or is there a way we can be doing this more efficiently in FrameMaker?
I would appreciate any suggestions that would make the current cumbersome processes more efficient.
Unless you are desiring to create web based output from Frame files, I'd say you likely won't gain anything by moving to RoboHelp. If you did, I'd say investigate the Tech Comms Suite where you get Frame, RoboHelp, Photoshop, Captivate and Acrobat. Then you would continue to author in Frame and simply use RoboHelp as a conduit to web based outputs or CHM files.
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