An approach I've used a lot when I don't have the source files for
graphics in a Word file I need to convert to FrameMaker is to 
select just the graphic and use the Selection option and the 
Adobe PDF printer in the Print dialog to make a PDF of the 
graphic. I then open the PDF in Acrobat sand use the 
Document>Crop command to crop away the whitespace. 
Using that PDF in FrameMaker produces results that print
just as well as they do in the Word document because the
Adobe PDF printer captures all the benefits of Word's "Deep
Juju". As Dov noted, the placed PDF is converted to EPS 
when you print the FrameMaker document, and you have
the added benefit of a *much* better on-screen rendition of
the graphic in FrameMaker.

My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel.
Fred Ridder (fred dot ridder at intel dot com)
Parsippany, NJ

-----Original Message-----
[ at] On
Behalf Of Steve Rickaby
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 5:58 AM
To: hedley.finger at
Cc: framers at
Subject: Re: FrameMaker 5.5.6 > Word > InDesign help needed

At 15:19 +1100 31/1/07, hedley.finger at wrote:

>A former client of mine has a thesis with many graphics imported by
>reference into FrameMaker 5.5.6 running in Classic Mac 9.1 on
>PowerMacintosh.  She wants to convert them to InDesign v. 2.0.  I
>suggested that she save to Mac Word 4, 5, or 6, or to RTF using the
>Japanese converter, in the Save As dialogue.  I can't do this myself as
>don't have FrameMaker installed on my home Windows computer.
>So, will this process work: FrameMaker 5.5.6 > Word/RTF > InDesign?  (I
>don't have InDesign or any InDesign experience.)

I think this was the route I took a few years ago when presented with
the same thing. However, I was fortunate in that the Word Ms had no
graphics: these would need to be picked out of the Word docs and re-set
in InDesign. Trouble is, Word does a load of Deep Juju on imported
graphics, and I'll bet in your client's case the original image files
are no longer available.

One trick that is often recommended to handle embedded graphics in Word
is to [separately] save as HTML, which spits out all the graphics
separately. Trouble is, I think it spits them out as GIFs - although
this might be configurable.

>If this does work, can an Australian FrameMaker user who can assist in
>this conversion please contact Mary Ann directly at
><energymedical at> or by calling mobile 0425 794 949 (+61 425
>794 949).

Moral: read ahead... :-(


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