Did you happen to see Bernie's guest post about FM & XMl/DITA? - 

From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com 
[mailto:framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Gillian Flato
Sent: November-20-14 7:37 PM
To: Scott Prentice
Cc: framers@lists.frameusers.com
Subject: Re: Tech Comm Suite 5

Thanks, appreciate the help and info.


On Nov 20, 2014, at 2:59 PM, Scott Prentice 
<s...@leximation.com<mailto:s...@leximation.com>> wrote:

Hi Gillian...

You may want to post this question to the framemaker-dita Yahoo group for 
additional info.

1) There are no DITA "publishing scripts" in FM. To generate a PDF you save the 
map to a book file (with FM chapter files), then save the book to a PDF. The 
formatting of the generated FM files is controlled by the structure 
application(s). Customizing the structure applications is far more complex than 
can be explained in an email, but that's where you'll need to look. Note that 
there is no difference between DITA authored in Oxygen or FM .. if it's valid 
DITA, it's just DITA. Some people think that DITA in FM isn't "pure DITA" .. it 
should be, and if it's not, it's not DITA.

<note type="vendor-comment">DITA-FMx provides a much easier path to publishing 
and customizing than you'll get with default FM, and can be fully automated 
with additional tools.</note>

2) It depends on what you're trying to do. Here's the official list, the mode 
of "connection" to FM and the effectiveness of these CMSes can be debated ..


<note type="vendor-comment">DITA-FMx connects to the XDocs CMS, which is I 
believe the lowest-cost CMS on the list. We are in the process of working on a 
connector with easyDITA as well.</note>

3) It depends on how consistently tagged your FM files are. If your FM files 
are a "mess" it's going to be really hard .. if your FM files are really clean, 
it's going to be just reasonably hard. The sample files and webinar on this 
page may be of some use ..




Scott Prentice

Leximation, Inc.



On 11/20/14 11:35 AM, Gillian Flato wrote:


I am considering using Tech Comm Suite 5 for a project. I have some questions 
which I know you guys can answer better than Adobe:

1. How do you edit the publishing scripts to make custom-designed PDFs? Is it 
the same as with Oxygen and "pure" DITA? I have edited custom plugins that I 
used with Oxygen.

2. What's a good, relatively low-cost CMS to use with Tech Comm Suite 5?

3. How easy is it to convert unstructured Frame docs to DITA docs to be used in 




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