I just assigned X: to one of my network folders,
created a new file there and imported a graphics file.
No problem. Everything as it should be (FrameMaker
11 on Windows 7).

When your graphics file is on the same network drive,
the path should be relative. That means, X: is not
mentioned in the path name. Did you check the MIF
file whether your path contains any X?
Did you create a local file and import a graphics file
from X:? Vice versa? What happens?
What happens, if you assign another drive letter to
one of your folders on X: and create a FrameMaker
file there? Import a graphics file from this folder?
All sorts of things may happen. However, I would also
tend to believe that this is not related to the drive letter

Best regards


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Sent: Friday, November 15, 2013 8:50 PM
To: Frame Users (framers@lists.frameusers.com)
Subject: FM9 files on network - logical network drive X:


(Windows7, FM9)

The server (ex. \\Server<file:///\\Server>) that houses our FM files is 
assigned a logical drive X:. I believe this has something to do with protecting 
against viruses. FM does not like this.

For example, when an image is imported into a FM document using the X: path, 
the image blinks in the FM document, as if FM continually updates the 
definition of X: and the image path becomes momentarily unknown and then 
becomes known (and so the blinking where the image is displayed and then 
appears in gray and so on).

Now I realize that some cross-references to other FM documents contain X: in 
the target document path.  FM does not like that either. May crash because of 

Our IT guy says that the X: cannot be removed (same profile for all). My team 
of tech writers usually uses a shortcut (defined correctly from 
\\Server<file:///\\Server>) to open books/documents but someone always forgets. 
I now have scripts that check the path for x-refs and images imported by 

Does anyone know if this problem exists in later versions of FM (10 or 11)? 
That would solve this problem once and for all.

Many thanks,

Stephen O'BRIEN
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Coordinator and Senior Technical Writer
InnovMetric Logiciels | Software
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