The downloadable PDF from the help system is, in effect, the manual. I urge
everyone to download it and print it out. It's structure is far clearer than
it appears by clicking on links in the online bits & pieces.
I agree that the videos are very helpful and go far beyond the manual in
clarifying the concepts. Here's a post that I sent to this list in Feb of
> I'd suggest you go to:
> Click on the "Getting Started" link and play the video that is offered.
> That should help you to get through the transition. It sure helped me
> realize how configurable (and resettable) the new interface is. It's
> almost an hour long, so following along clicking in your own interface
> can be pretty helpful for retention. Two screens are very useful to have
The instructions above lead to the same place as Mike's link in the message
I'm responding to.
[mailto:framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Mike Wickham
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 11:11 AM
Subject: Re: Disappearing Palette Items
> Reading the manual might help here.
Good advice, but there hasn't been a FrameMaker manual since FM7. :) And
online help often requires the use of specific search terms to find obscure
information. Online help needs lots of work.
There is a really good video on using the new (as of FM9) interface. It's
really helpful in learning about docking palettes, setting up workspaces,
etc.. I didn't like the new interface until I saw this video. Now, I
wouldn't go back. Here's the link:
Some of the settings in File> Preferences> Interface can also affect the
behavior of palettes. I haven't followed this thread closely, but it might
be worth looking at the settings there. It might be helpful to check out
message #35 in the following thread, where I show an example of the
workspace I use and the settings to get it:
Regarding not being able to make the Object Properties dialog dock, it might
depend on which one you mean. If you right-click on a selected text frame
and choose Object Properties, a standalone "Customize Text Frame" dialog
opens, but disappears when you click Set or Cancel. If you right-click on
graphic objects, the Object Properties dialog opens and it is dockable (see
example in my workspace mentioned above).
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