Inserting non-equation characters into FrameMaker equations

One of the students in my FrameMaker course discovered she couldn’t type character strings containing spaces (like volume in cubic feet) into equations. It turns out there’s more than one easy way around this problem. While investigating the issue I discovered there are other characters that don’t easily fit into FrameMaker equations, including the underbar (_) character.…

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FrameMaker 2017 NEW FEATURE: The Project Manager

The Project Manager Starting with FrameMaker 2017, the Project Manager gives you the ability to collect assets related to one or more projects without directly including them in a book file. One of the biggest advantages to a project file is drag and drop access to your graphics files. Once you’ve added a folder to…

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NEW FEATURE: FrameMaker (2017 Release) Command Search

See how easy it is to find functions and shortcuts in FrameMaker 2017 with the new Command Search function. This is one in a series of ten new feature videos I created for Adobe to help promote the 2017 release of FrameMaker. Script from the video One side effect of an application as powerful as…

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Editing FrameMaker 2017 Icons and the new Welcome screen

Last week I posted my review of the 2017 release of FrameMaker including my (generally positive) opinion of the new stuff. I asked my email list for opinions, good, bad, or otherwise and was pleasantly surprised to get back an in-depth review from Sue Thomson. Her experience was decidedly less enjoyable than mine; I asked (and received) permission…

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NEW FEATURE: FrameMaker 2017 menu reorganization

The improved menu structure, transparent shortcuts, and command search make working in FrameMaker easier than ever before. Watch this video to see why. Editor’s note: FrameMaker (2017 Release) is now available. This is video 1 of 10 that I produced in a series commissioned by Adobe for the product launch. Find out more about the new…

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Review: FrameMaker (2017 Release)

The new release of FrameMaker is here! And since FrameMaker is such a big part of what I do, I’m pleased to announce that I’m very happy with this latest release. While I have yet to see a “perfect” release of any application, from Adobe or anyone else, this version gets a big stamp of approval…

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What not to do with your email list

If you’re involved at all with content marketing, you likely send information to your email list via a CRM service like ConstantContact. Personally, I use a company called Hatchbuck. The system makes it infinitely easier to track who I’ve talked to, and to send out email series and email to a specific group of people.…

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Free consulting time with me up for grabs

Yep, you read it correctly. I’m running the free consulting offer that I ran in October, 2015 (Has it really been over a year since then?!) It was so popular last time that I’m going to offer more time slots, at 30 minutes each. Like last year, I want to use this time to help you…

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Work twice as fast in FrameMaker

My FrameMaker students often tell me they spend over half their time editing their documents for style and pagination issues. They’re amazed when I show them how much time a template-based workflow can save them. Watch the video Click below to request a short video on setting up a template-based workflow. It shows how you can all but eliminate the time you…

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What exactly is a FrameMaker Template?

Let’s start with a few simple assumptions about FrameMaker. FrameMaker is great for: maintaining long documents maintaining documents with a long lifecycle FrameMaker is not great for memos marketing collateral anything where formatting and design is more important than the content And, importantly, FrameMaker is most efficient when you maintain your formatting in a separate…

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FrameMaker online courses

I run two proctored online courses in FrameMaker FrameMaker – Creating and Editing Content Click to get more information on FrameMaker – Creating and Editing Content Click to get a sample video on template-based workflows from the course FrameMaker – Template Design Click to get more information on FrameMaker – Template Design The courses are 6 weeks…

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Behind the scenes: Adobe TCS video series

Having completed a 25-video series for Adobe on TCS application integration, I’m happy to announce a free mini course, consisting of 25 emails, 1 per day, with short director’s notes for each of the videos. In the notes I discuss the things I like (and like not as much) in each of the videos. They’ll…

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Strip silence from audio recordings with Adobe Audition

This week I’m sharing a great technique and a timesaving preset that I developed in Adobe Audition. Audition is part of the Adobe CC suite of tools, and is used for audio editing. When I do voice over, I like to record in one “take” That means that after reviewing and practicing my script, I…

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