FrameMaker

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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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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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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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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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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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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