LinuxWorld: Frame and fortune, Get the skinny on Adobe's FrameMaker beta for Linux
Jan 21, 2000, 21:06 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Florin Boariu, Christian Selig)
Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame
"Until now, Adobe's DTP (desktop publishing) software,
FrameMaker, was available only for Mac OS, Windows, and Solaris,
which meant that you had to run it either on expensive hardware or
an unreliable operating system. But the advent of FrameMaker on
Linux makes it possible to run this proven and widely used software
cheaply and on a stable OS."
"FrameMaker is based on two special concepts. The first is the
idea that you can put any content, such as text or images, into
frames. Common word processors, such as WordPerfect, regard content
as a continuos flow of data. Users often run into problems if they
want to break out of that model -- if they want to set text into
multiple columns, for example. In this respect, FrameMaker is more
like a DTP-oriented CorelDRAW than a word processor."
"The second idea is the concept of fixed paragraph templates,
often called logical markup. In this system, you determine whether
a paragraph is a title, a subtitle, normal body text, or some other
kind of text, then adjust the paragraph template; FrameMaker
applies changes over the entire document. This helps you keep a
consistent layout without maintaining a style sheet. LaTeX works in
a fairly similar way..."