Tech Comm Tools books

Here are my reference books and training manuals, listed by version, all available directly from Tech Comm Tools.

While they are also listed on Amazon, you can use the links below to get both print and instant eBook download for the same price, including free shipping worldwide.

Either way, all FrameMaker 2017 books come with a coupon good for $50 any Tech Comm Tools course, meaning the book is free when you sign up for a Tech Comm Tools course.

FrameMaker 2017 (version 14)


FrameMaker – Working with Content reference book

This is the 2017 update of my #1 FrameMaker reference series, and the only one written for FrameMaker 2017.
Includes many short examples, and is used extensively in my live classes and six-week courses.

FrameMaker 12 and 2015 introduced the following new and updated features:

  • Menu reorganization
  • Command Search
  • High resolution (4K) display support
  • Improved image insertion workflow
  • Designer and Catalog redesign
  • Pod and workspace improvements
  • Project Manager
  • New HTML5 frameless layouts
  • Basic HTML output

COMING SOON: Free 94-page PDF download of Part 1, plus full covers, front matter, TOC, index

Print available at http://amzn.to/2eISBWR

eBook available at http://bit.ly/fm-2017-epub

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FrameMaker – Structured Authoring workbook

Learn to work comfortably within the Structure View, the Element Catalog, and the Attributes pod. After completing this workbook, you’ll be able to quickly create books, tables of contents, and indexes.

You will be able to recognize and correct invalid structure. (content that doesn’t conform to your content model)

This is the only FrameMaker structured authoring workbook written since FrameMaker 9, and has completely updated exercises, exercise files, and screenshots for FrameMaker 2017.

This is important because of the extreme interface and capability changes in versions 9 through 12. Earlier versions of exercise files also available on request.

DOWNLOAD EXERCISE FILES

FrameMaker – Structured Authoring workbook (Print+eBook $49.99)

FrameMaker – Structured Authoring online course


FrameMaker Structured EDD Development workbook

Learn to evaluate and construct structured content models using FrameMaker and the FrameMaker Element Definition Document (EDD).

You will learn to define:

  • simple elements like Heading and Paragraph
  • more complex elements, like those used for cross-referencing
  • attributes and their values
  • formatting for basic elements
  • more complex formatting based on attributes and attribute pair combinations
  • conversion tables for converting unstructured content to your content model based upon applied styles

This is the only FrameMaker structured authoring workbook written since FrameMaker 9, and has completely updated exercises, exercise files, and screenshots for FrameMaker 2017.

This is important because of the extreme interface and capability changes in versions 9 through 12. Earlier versions of exercise files also available on request.

DOWNLOAD EXERCISE FILES

FrameMaker Structured EDD Development workbook (Print+eBook 49.99)

FrameMaker Structured EDD Development online course

 


FrameMaker 2015 (version 13)

FrameMaker – Creating and Editing Content reference book

This is the FrameMaker 2015 version of my reference book, with hundreds of screenshots, and short exercises to guide you through beginning and advanced topics.

No additional files needed for procedures in book.

FrameMaker 12 and 2015 introduced the following new and updated features:

  • Background color behind paragraphs
  • Direct digital publishing (HTML5, WebHelp, EPUB, Kindle, MS HTML Help)
  • QR code generation
  • Table usability improvements
  • Ability to resize pods
  • Package utility
  • Smart filters in pods
  • Restore Session capability
  • Currently opened files pod
  • Regular Expression support
  • Integration with Adobe Experience Manager
  • Mobile PDF review
  • Simultaneous review and authoring workflow
  • Dropbox (and cloud based file sharing) integration
  • Right to left language support for editing and publishing
  • Conditional text extended to book components
  • Use custom fonts in EPUB
  • Publish mobile apps (iOS and Android)
  • Customize WebHelp skins
  • Dynamic content filtering in HTML5 and mobile apps
  • Improvements to direct digital publishing
  • Auto-insert table continuation variables
  • Conditional table columns
  • Mini TOC
  • Improvements to visual conditional indicators
  • Improvements in table fill display
  • Totally new MS Word import wizard
  • In-app messaging

COMING SOON: Free download of Part 1, plus full covers, front matter, TOC, index (PDF)

Print available at http://amzn.to/2uR82Tr

EPUB available at http://bit.ly/fm-2015-epub

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FrameMaker 11 reference book

Publishing Fundamentals: Unstructured FrameMaker 11

This is the FrameMaker 2015 version of my reference book, with hundreds of screenshots, and short exercises to guide you through beginning and advanced topics.

No additional files needed for procedures in book.

FrameMaker 11 introduced the following new and updated features:

  • Interactive multimedia links for 3D objects
  • Object styles
  • Identify and refer to content using line numbers
  • Hotspots
  • Smart Insert
  • 3D object part links
  • Preferences dialog enhancements
  • New publishing formats in FrameMaker Publishing Server
    (requires separate purchase of FrameMaker Publishing Server)
  • More markers
  • APIs to automate the CMS connectors’ functionality

COMING SOON: Free download of Part 1, plus full covers, front matter, TOC, index (PDF)

EPUB available at http://bit.ly/fm-11-epub

Print is unavailable
Because of dramatic improvements to the FrameMaker features and interface, I recommend you upgrade to a more recent version of FrameMaker, and I’ve discontinued the print version of this book.

FrameMaker-Working with Content online course (All versions)

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