FrameMaker

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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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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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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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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