And despite some initially enthusiastic users, FrameMaker never really took off in the academic market, because of the company's unwillingness to incorporate various functions such as support of endnotes or of long footnotes split across pages , or to improve the equation editor. Sales plummeted and brought the company to the verge of bankruptcy. After several rounds of layoffs, the company was stripped to the bare bones. Adobe Systems acquired the product and returned the focus to the professional market.
Today, Adobe FrameMaker is still a widely used publication tool for technical writers , although no version has been released for the Mac OS X operating system, limiting use of the product. The decision to cancel FrameMaker caused considerable friction between Adobe and Mac users, including Apple itself, which relied on it for creating documentation.
FrameMaker versions 5. FrameMaker did not feature multiple undo until version 7. FrameMaker 9 introduced a redesigned user interface and several enhancements, including: FrameMaker 10 again refined the user interface and introduced several changes, including: Alternatives and competition[ edit ] There were several major competitors in the technical publishing market, such as Arbortext , Interleaf , and Corel Ventura.
Many academic users now use LaTeX [ citation needed ], because modern editors have made that system increasingly user-friendly, and LyX allows LaTeX to be generated with little or no knowledge of LaTeX.
Several formats, including DocBook XML, target authors of technical documents about computer hardware and software. In Word they can't. The drawing program is not outstanding, but at least it's solid. In Word or Open-Office it does not.
Negative things FrameMaker has been around for a long time. Daniel K. Schneider has been using it in the early nineties already. I remember the day before I had to turn in my p. PhD theses. I just sent it to the printer and it printed as it should.
Totally hassle free. Since then, the product did not evolve very much. Adobe after it bought the company almost let this product die, but larger companies probably prevented that.
FM works in two modes. As standard text processor and as structured authoring tool, i. FrameMaker used to be the only reliable relatively affordable structured editing tool, but there seems to be a trend to using WYSIWYM structure editors. O'Reilly produced most of their books with FrameMaker, but now are moving to a "pure" DocBook solution. Therefore, FM is a good "single sourcing solution" writing it once, delivering it in various formats for various supports. Good support for cross-references Microsoft Word does not It's solid e. In Word they can't.