FrameMaker 2017: User Experience Improvements

Some significant improvements in the 2017 release of FrameMaker are quite subtle. Here’s a list of changes in how things display in FrameMaker: View Commands (Rulers, etc.) are now session level commands (turned on or off for all open documents) The History pod is appropriately renamed the Undo History pod. It’s now under the View…

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Social Media Marketing World Recap

I attended Social Media Marketing World last week, perhaps my favorite show of the year. I had a great time, (check out the video I placed below) and came back ready to put lots of great ideas to work. Here’s the main reason I keep coming back: Conferences give you access to industry leaders SMMW…

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FrameMaker 2017: Conditional text improvements

Conditional text is one of the more useful content reuse features in FrameMaker. And while the feature got a significant overhaul in the last few versions, it also got a nice bump in usability for FrameMaker 2017. The pod is no longer wide, but redesigned to nicely fit in a vertical format, and the formatting is…

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FrameMaker 2017: Mobile publishing improvements

There are a number of significant improvements in mobile/online publishing in FrameMaker 2017. Here’s a list of the more significant changes: You now have the option to merge all CSS into a single file, simplifying the process of formatting unmapped styles. Inline styles can now be excluded from output, giving better control over published content…

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New publishing options for FrameMaker 2017

New HTML5 layouts FrameMaker 2017 comes with two new HTML5 frameless layouts, adding some pretty cool features: Predictive search Icons optimized for high resolution displays New Basic HTML output If your content will be merged with other organizational output, you may benefit from producing lean code that leverages the CSS and other investments made in web delivery.…

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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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