--- Peter Ring <pri at ddf.dk> wrote: > Dov is of course correct in stating that PDF should > be considered a final form document format. But, > nevertheless, PDF can be used as an > input (to Frame) =============================== Another effective way to use PDF as an input to FrameMaker is to use it to import graphs for display in FrameMaker documents. In this case, however, the graphs are first created in FrameMaker. The method is described below.
Step 1. On a new FrameMaker master page, create a background frame in which you create (using FrameMaker's drawing tools) the graph's frame (i.e. the X and Y axes with labeled tickmarks (and perhaps corresponding horizontal and vertical lines), plus any additional static text. Step 2. On a body page in which the background master page from step 1 is used, employ FrameMaker's drawing tools to to overlay the background created in step 1 with the foreground graphical plots (lines, curves, wedges, etc), using different colors diferent dashed lines, etc as needed. Additional text labels might also be created in the overlay, as needed, using the drawing tools. Step 3. Save the body page created in step 2 as a 1-page PDF with an appropriate filename. Step 4. Open the PDF created in step 3 and crop it as needed to eliminate all the white space surrounding the graphic, and then re-save it as a single-page document. Step 5. At the location in a FrameMaker document where you want the graph to appear, import the PDF produced in step 4 into a graphic frame, scaling it as needed. This methodology is particularly useful when the basic graph background created in step 1 above is used multiple times to produce different graphical plots. In that case, each graph created in step 2 is saved to a separate PDF file in steps 3 and 4. And of course, the resulting PDF graphics are not restricted to use in FrameMaker. They can be used in any software product which can import PDFs. Dan Emory & Associates FrameMaker/FrameMaker+SGML Document Design & Database Publishing <danemory7224 at sbcglobal.net>