Posts by Matt Sullivan

51 reasons to update FrameMaker 2017 to version 14.0.3.500

Regular Tech Comm Tools folks know that I always recommend updating Adobe products with their patch releases. The easiest way to check for updates and to update your software is to use the Help > Updates menu in any of your Adobe applications. As an Adobe Community Professional (forums.adobe.com) I often see issues resolved by simply…

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Tech Comm Tools Video Newsletter Vol 3 (Thanksgiving Edition)

Happy Thanksgiving from Tech Comm Tools! This week’s topics: Traveling to Stanford to see nephew’s first start against Notre Dame Second Edition of FrameMaker – Structured Authoring is complete TUTORIAL: Appendix numbering in FrameMaker TUTORIAL: Using MIF to speed modification of variable sets in FrameMaker Thanks as always to Adobe for sponsoring the Tech Comm Tools community…

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Video Newsletter vol 2

Hi all, I hope your week was as fun as mine! I got to pop into the LavaCon conference in Portland on Monday to catch up with some of my favorite tech comm folks. (and actually met quite a few of you face-to-face while I was there) Here’s my latest video newsletter, and show notes…

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Finding FrameMaker’s preference folder

Ever since Windows 7, I’ve been annoyed at the location of preference and other files used by applications. You might already know where they’re at, but generally speaking, they’re stored in a somewhat obscure location, similar to this: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming, where USERNAME is the username you use to log into your PC. That’s great, but I…

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Content Experience Strategist: There’s a name for what I do

For the past few years, the toughest question I’ve been asked is “What do you do?” Of course, the fault is entirely my own, as I’ve gone from owning an Adobe Systems-focused brick and mortar training company, to managing training for another training company, to developing online courses and authoring books. In making those transitions,…

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Introducing a new delivery method for my RoboHelp training

Create help systems using Adobe’s award-winning topic-based authoring tool I’ve just finished converting my popular two-day live RoboHelp training into an online course to bring it in line with the FrameMaker and Screencast training courses I already offer. While I’m know for my FrameMaker and screencasting work, I also have trained well over 500 folks…

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Place MP4 Video in FrameMaker

You can add video to your FrameMaker documents in a few different ways: Insert a Hypertext marker using the Go To URL command that jumps to the video hosting location Insert a poster image, then add a hotspot to the URL Import the MP4 or Flash Video file directly into the FrameMaker document As of…

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FrameMaker 2017 update 2 available

FrameMaker 2017 users can use Help > Updates within FrameMaker 2017 to download and install the update. The two items I’m happiest about: #1, random increase of text size when selecting text #4, status area not refreshing tag and other information properly Here’s a complete list of the items addressed by the update, followed by the…

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Voiceovers for screencasting: 5 secrets (brief outline)

Here’s a quick outline of a presentation I gave to the Orange County chapter of the Society for Technical Communication in June, 2017. The Promise Audio is the easiest way to succeed or fail at screencasting and video. Anyone can quickly produce pro-level audio without going broke. Matt will show you tips for equipment, recording,…

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Managing FrameMaker styles when importing MS Word content

It’s easier to import MS Word content into FrameMaker, starting with the 2015 release of FrameMaker. MS Word (copy into document) Beginning with FrameMaker 2015, when converting MS Word documents using the Copy into Document option, you have a robust style mapping wizard that is exponentially faster than other conversion methods. If you are using…

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Book size poll results

The results are below. Reference books Slightly more folks (56% to 43%) prefer a larger format for a reference book.​​​​​​​ This one was a bit surprising to me, and will be something I consider for future titles I publish. However, the difference isn’t enough to go back and change the size if the current (2017 Release)…

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What are your favorite book dimensions?

I’m getting ready to publish my Structured FrameMaker workbook, and would love hear your opinion on overall book size. What do you prefer… large thin books, or short thick books? I’ll post the results in a few weeks, and if you include your email below I will email you the results directly.

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Spark feature request: Adobe Stock integration

I’ve had a blast lately producing social images and photo essays with Adobe’s free Spark web app. While there are a TON of free image creation tools, this one seems more familiar than Canva and others. Examples of Adobe Spark photo essays Mission San Juan Capistrano This is a California history field trip I took…

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