Posts Tagged ‘framemaker’

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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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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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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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*) FrameMaker – Creating and Publishing Content (Matt Sullivan, Sept 2015) Get the…

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By request: FrameMaker Glossary and GlossaryTerm Markers

Background info This post is a bit on the geeky side, so you may need additional FrameMaker skills (working with markers, books, generated files, reference pages, and others) to get this to work. If you need more info, consider the Adobe FrameMaker forums (forums.adobe.com), my FrameMaker book (EPUB available now, print available on Amazon after…

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FrameMaker 2015 First Look

June 2, 2015: Today Adobe publicly announced FrameMaker 2015, part of the Adobe Technical Suite (2015 release). And for me this version is a big deal. Big enough to get me moving on an update to my FrameMaker reference book (shipping later this month) and big enough to merit a FrameMaker Electronic Publishing online c0urse (also debuting in June…

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Mobile PDF commenting workflow in FrameMaker 12

For the 2014 STC Summit (the annual Society for Technical Communication national conference) Adobe asked me to do a presentation on the FrameMaker mobile PDF review workflow available in FrameMaker 12. I thought to myself, “Hmm, marking up a PDF on a phone/tablet, then transposing those edits back into a FrameMaker file…Even if you could do it, I’m…

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A quick guide to mobile publishing with FrameMaker 12

Do you need to get FrameMaker content to your users via phones and tablets? Are you well past the due date? Here are the steps you need to get the job done, including an introduction to custom skins and branding. For more content, view the one hour recorded Adobe webinar I gave in October, 2014.…

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Sharing resources with TCS5

FrameMaker 12 and RoboHelp 11 take advantage of nifty cloud and mobile device options which greatly enhance collaboration and review tools. My Adobe webinar on 11/6/2014 covered these options, and the recording is available at http://adobe.ly/1ya8T9i In the webinar I discussed: FrameMaker 12 Dropbox functionality Setting up Dropbox integration Enabling folder structure for uploaded projects Saving a project…

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Editing the RoboHelp ISF

When linking content into RoboHelp from MS Word and Adobe FrameMaker, you have the ability to map your source content styles to a CSS in your project. That’s great, but the interface to do so in RoboHelp requires lots of clicks, and generally is an iterative task that can take a number of hours. However, there’s…

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Updated FrameMaker 12 Structured Developer Guides

The Adobe TCS team has released 2 updated reference guides for structured workflows: Developing Structured Applications with Adobe FrameMaker 12 Structure_Dev_Guide.pdf is available at bit.ly/fm12structdev This is detailed (436 page) overview of structured application development and setup. It explains the working parts of an application, and how to create them. This guide includes EDD information and details about…

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Edit FrameMaker 12 Responsive HTML5 Layouts

During my Adobe webinar last week, there was keen interest in editing the responsive layouts in FrameMaker 12. Though it sounds scary, it’s a breeze. Thanks to the new HTML5 skin editor (in both RoboHelp 11 and FrameMaker 12) editing things that adjust to screen width, is actually quite easy. No, I mean EASY! Really! If you…

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Getting the TOC you want from FrameMaker for RoboHelp Output

Already have a TOC in RoboHelp, and just looking for the new troubleshooting tip I discovered? Then read the spoiler alert that follows. Spoiler Alert While I’ve written on using FrameMaker TOCs for linked RoboHelp projects before, I recently came across a client project where the TOC was behaving badly. The source of the behavior…

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Fixing hyphenated headings in TCS output

I had a client recently who needed printed headings to hyphenate, but then had to remove those hyphens from his WebHelp output. The reason the hyphens were a problem: RoboHelp kept the hyphens in the middle of words that didn’t break across lines! The solution? Similar to other blog posts of mine…define a Framemaker conversion…

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