I am tasked to find a better way to revise and publish white papers within given boundaries.
The current method calls for the engineer to write the paper in Microsoft Word, all editing to be done in Word, and then to use Adobe Acrobat for publishing.
Now, we are going to have to review and update white papers that have been in place for a year. A part of this update means to refresh the look and feel of the document to the current corporate MarCom standards.
MarCom produces their standard templates in Adobe InDesign. We have to import that to Word.
Without any change in the standard process, I see lots of frustration.
There is absolutely no chance that content will be created in anything other than Word. So, don't make suggestions there.
I am well on my way to creating a slim, locked-down Word template (.dotx) file to limit the damage the engineers can do to the styles in a document and to facilitate importing the documents to a publishing tool.
While I am open to importing Word-generated content to InDesign, I know it isn't the best technical communications tool. I would prefer to use Framemaker.
Using Framemaker will require importing the templates and styles from InDesign.Apparently Adobe did anticipate anyone wanting to do this.
I have found help on the Adobe website for importing files into Framemaker 10, it appears as if InDesign is not a supported format. Meanwhile, PageMaker and QuarkXPress are supported formats.
Does anyone here have any advice on how easy it is to import a layout and style from InDesign to Framemaker? (If not, I'll be learning InDesign. Quickly. We have a backlog.)