Which platform would you prefer for writing technical documentation? Windows, MacOS, or Linux?
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If I were vice president for strategic Framemaker platform planning, these might be my priorities:
Retain the option of perpetual vs. subscription license. Make the subs license a monthly rate, and available for periods less than a year.
Personally, when MS pulls the plug on Win7, I'm done with Redmond. I want nothing to do with Win10, ever. I lately rebuilt my prior AMD64 machine to see what's involved in migrating my home-office workload to Debian/Gnome.
Seeing a web-based version would be great, providing it works on Day 1, and the performance rivals Fm 2019.
I would wonder about performance on very large projects, as well as how PDF processing might be slowed down.
On another front...having a Mac version would be great for those of us that run Win on an emulator.
Have you actually asked the question you meant to ask? I do more and more of my work in DITA, using a platform-agnostic IDE instead of FM: so I'm quite happy to use an old Linux box with low power consumption :-} OK, the interface isn't rendered as elegantly as it is on Windows – but I get all the functionality I want. That's what I could dream of for FM as well: full functionality, independent of platform, and optimised for each o/s.
Back at the larger question of "technical communications" my answer has to be I'm stuck with / survive with WIndows – and not really complaining, because it's the corporate environment and nothing's going to change. There's no native FM on Mac, as far as I understand, and I'm allergic to the UI of the Linux answers to Illustrator, InDesign and PhotoShop. (and to the Mac "Finder", but that's a different question …)
All in all, my preferences would be driven by tools, not platforms. FM, Illustrator, InDesign, PhotoShop, Acrobat Pro … plus a couple of text editors, a DITA authoring environment and (occasionally) a spreadsheet for some text-wrangling. At the moment, the platform that delivers this toolset best, for me, seems to be Windows.
Linux (To show my support guys, that FM is a tool of the future)
No need for Mac
Windows, but that's mostly because every other tool I use, plus all of the software I document, is Windows only.
I used to love UNIX and Linux.