Posts by Matt Sullivan

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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FrameMaker 14.0.1.406 now available

UPDATE: 14.0.2.425 is now available… see the list of issues fixed in both releases here There are a total of 44 things fixed with this release…here’s the list, straight from Adobe. Applies to: FrameMaker (2017 release) Last Published: April 25, 2017 The following is a list of issues resolved in FrameMaker (2017 release) and subsequent…

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STC Technical Summit

Will you be in Washington, D.C. for the 2017 STC Technical Communication Summit? I’ll be doing a number of events while I’m there, and would love to see you in person. Here’s an overview: Adobe Tech Comm Tools Certificate Workshop  Free event, no conference registration required, and free lunch for participants. Sunday May 7, 2017…

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FrameMaker reference book

These versions of my unstructured FrameMaker book are available This is the book used in both my FrameMaker online courses. For more information on courses, visit Creating and Editing Content with FrameMaker (six week blended learning course*) FrameMaker Template Design 6-week Workshop (six week blended learning course*) *Blended learning courses combine live lecture and office hours with specialized…

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