The below email showed up recently on the MacOSX/TeX list, and I thought
it might be worthy of some ConTeXt-centric discussion.
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Subject: MacOSX-TeX Digest #923 - 02/08/04
Date Sent: Sunday, 8 February 2004 20:00
From: TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List <MacOSX-TeX(a)email.esm.psu.edu>
To: TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List <MacOSX-TeX(a)email.esm.psu.edu>
Subject: Can Tex do That?
From: "Roland Schoettle" <rolands(a)otii.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2004 15:41:51 -0800
I hope someone on this list can help me. In particular I have been told
I should ask William Adams for assistance. In the event he is not
active on this list, I would be grateful if this message were relayed
I am a disappointed FrameMaker user. Initially we used Frame on PCs
with good result. Our business is now moving away from the Windows
platform. Before committing to our last Frame upgrade, Adobe assured us
Frame would be available for OSX. (At one point they went so far as to
promise Linux support and even released a Linux beta). It is now
apparent Adobe will not support OS X (or Linux) and has in fact
recommended "upgrading" to InDesign. We have looked at InDesign and
believe it to be significantly inferior for our requirements. However
good, InDesign cannot do many FrameMaker functions such as footnotes,
autoflow of text and paragraphs, math symbols, cross-referencing, etc.
Further, Adobe is blatantly unsympathetic.
I have used Tex in the very distant past and recall it had tremendous
capability but never tried using it for the many complex graphics
applications which now are prerequisites for business. I would like to
try Tex again, but thought it best to ask if Tex can now be used to
create reasonably complicated color product brochures. The goal would
be to produce brochures, newsletters, business proposals, and also
"publish" data from databases that look as if from a high-end layout
package such as Quark Express or something similar.
Can Tex be easily used for these type of functions?
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
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