Converting from FrameMaker to InDesign

A total “notes to self” post, gathering links for later research.

I’m not the only one that wants to figure out how to do it.

Suggestions welcome. I’ll add to this if (when) I find more.

4 responses to “Converting from FrameMaker to InDesign”

  1. Ronney

    Here is a link to a product that allow importing MIF (Maker interchange format) to Indesign. It is a beta version, but we tested it and it works well.

  2. Susan A. Kitchens

    Ronney, Cool. thanks. I’ll check it out.

  3. ralph

    I’ve been thinking about this too, as we just bought a Mac Pro, and I use FrameMaker to lay out one table-intensive column for a magazine I help publish every month. I used to use FrameMaker intensely back when I was a tech writer. I’ve never found another tool with such good table features, particularly the one to convert selected text to a table. For now, my solution is to set up SheepShaver and Mac OS 9.0.4 so I can keep running FrameMaker. It worked for this month’s issue, which went to the printer on Saturday.

    I’m looking at updating my copy of InDesign 2.0, which I use for most of the rest of the magazine, to ID CS3, but don’t have much hope for the kind of table power that FrameMaker has. I suppose I could always “update” FM to the Windows version and run it under Parallels in convergence mode, but I’m not sure that would be an improvement over SheepShaver. I think I’ll be mad at Adobe forever for discontinuing FM for Mac. 😛

  4. Susan A. Kitchens

    This is to get a document that I worked on freed up from FM to ID so that it can be continued to work on by someone else who’s taken over development of the product I documented. (former budget for documentation: something between “I’ll buy you dinner” and “I’ll pay your mortgage.” Upcoming budget to continue documenting it: zip)

    I learned about FM from FM’s former product manager (then a colleague at MetaCreations) — this is after having written 3 books, and had done my own jump through hoop routine to handle the bizillion figures in each chapter. I immediately fell in love with FM’s ability to automatically number the figures, and update their count whenever I inserted a new one.