Hi Roger, You can certainly do steps 4 and 5 with FrameScript and the included RunEslBatch.exe, which allows you to run FrameMaker/FrameScript from a command line (or batch files). FrameScript can create PDF files from FrameMaker, plus do anything else you need to do (import formats, set conditions, etc.).
Rick Quatro Carmen Publishing 585-659-8267 www.frameexpert.com Cross-posted to Framers and WWP-users Hello All My question relates to the software industry, so feel free to delete now if that's not relevant to you. I was talking to my manager and developers today. We are looking into the possibility of automating Help and PDF generation in the software build process, using our present tools of FrameMaker 7.1 and WWP (v.7 and/or WWeP). The ideal scenario would be: 1. Build process fires up WWP (via command line/API?). 2. WWP takes Frame source files and generates Help files. 3. Build process incorporates Help files into build. 4. Build process fires up PDF generation from Frame. 5. Build process incorporates PDF into build. I'm wondering if anyone on the list has experience in this, or whether it is actually possible in whole or in part. It sounds unlikely to me, given that WWP rarely performs flawlessly in my experience and manual intervention is usually required. There may be other tools that could accomplish this (e.g. a DITA workflow, CMS, etc.), but before we investigate those I need to know whether it is doable with what we have. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks. Roger Shuttleworth London, Canada Roger Shuttleworth Documentation Team Lead Activplant Corporation 140 Fullarton Street, 9th Floor London, ON N6A 5P2 Canada Tel. 519 668-7336 Fax. 519 668-3227 www.activplant.com Activplant Manufacturing Intelligence Summit February 19-21, 2006 Wyndham Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida Registration now open: http://www.activplant.com/summit06/