Do you have to choose between FrameMaker and Word?

Using modern versions of Adobe FrameMaker for the first time is a tiny bit like stepping into the Matrix. You know—swallowing the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and Morpheus shows you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Except instead of showing you a dystopian reality, Morpheus reveals the world of eXtensible Markup Language (XML)-based technical document authoring tools. After taking the red pill, the mirage of format-based document authoring disappears forever. Yes, you can still return to word processors or old versions of FrameMaker if needed, but now you know there is another option.

Many businesspeople, especially those in charge of approving budgets for technical documentation departments, wonder if technical writers can’t just use Microsoft Word?

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