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Old 09-19-2007, 10:00 AM   #1
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Default Ventura/FrameMaker replacement

MadCap Software will be challenging FrameMaker and Ventura with a new product called Blaze. It is not released yet, but I have a feeling the beta will be out very soon. And if you sign up to download the beta, you can make suggestions about what features should be added. This might be of special interest to Ventura users, because I bet MadCap will only be paying attention to FrameMaker and Word.

To sign up for a sneak peek of MadCap Blaze, or to be a beta tester, visit: http://www.madcapsoftware.com/downlo...azesignup.aspx
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MadCap will only be paying attention to FrameMaker and Word
What kind of program is Blaze supposed to be? FrameMaker's capabilities go far beyond Word's.

   
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What kind of program is Blaze supposed to be? FrameMaker's capabilities go far beyond Word's.
It looks to me like Blaze will compete with FrameMaker plus try to appeal to people who are looking for a more powerful alternative to Word.

I also found an interesting comment on their site:
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Blaze, which combines the power of Adobe FrameMaker with Microsoft Word-like ease of use, has been selected by Microsoft as a showcase product for its XPS (XML paper specification) format.
I don't know what this Microsoft connection means, but it did make me take notice. Here's a link to the comment: http://www.madcapsoftware.com/compan...e20070918.aspx
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It looks to me like Blaze will compete with FrameMaker plus try to appeal to people who are looking for a more powerful alternative to Word
FrameMaker is well known for its SGML capabilities but has proved disappointing in not being innately capable of recognizing Unicode characters. Blaze might be interesting.

   
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Blaze might be interesting
I've signed up, but there's no indication that there will ever be a program that does all the things claimed.I hope it doesn't turn out to be just vapour-ware.

   
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I've signed up, but there's no indication that there will ever be a program that does all the things claimed. I hope it doesn't turn out to be just vapour-ware.
I don't know how this will go. This is a new software from a company I don't know. But it is not often that someone enters the same pond that FrameMaker occupies. So I signed up after bmann mentioned this here. And I thought I'd call more attention in case others are curious.
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But it is not often that someone enters the same pond that FrameMaker occupies
FrameMaker was the darling of technical writers, but they were getting peeved because its character-handling had become too passé (and Adobe dropped Apple!). The technical writers are also getting quite excited about using XML.

It's worth keeping an eye on Blaze, but I'd have thought that if would have been complete enough for a peep at it already, seeing that the release date is given as 'late 2007'.

   
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The technical writers are also getting quite excited about using XML.
FrameMaker 7.2 and 8 seem to have extensive XML support, unlike any other program I've seen, with it's "structured" authoring interface and built in DITA application. Technical writers working in a company that have the forethought to develop a content management system (CMS) should look at FrameMaker. Not sure if Blaze has this same level of XML integration.
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Not sure if Blaze has this same level of XML integration
As far as I can make out, MadCap programs like Flare and the still-unknown Blaze are entirely dependent on .NET and based on XML & Unicode, using the former to make full use of Unicode.

I didn't know that FrameMaker 8 was out yet. I must look at the Adobe site again.

   
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I certainly take issue with the "Microsoft Word-like ease of use comment." JIMHO!

   
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