I usually turn to the Adobe documentation as a last resort because,
frankly, it is not very good. On a 1-to-10 scale of user-friendliness
and usability, it is about a 6...well, maybe a 7. 

For example, years ago, I knew how to create watermarks and did them
routinely and automatically. Last week, after not needing that
particular skill for a while, I again had reason to create a watermark
for a client. But, I had forgotten how.

So, I decided to look in the documentation to find the description and
refresh my memory of how to create a watermark. I referred to my usual
first choice, the Complete Reference book first, but could not find the
term...which should have raised a red flag right then. Next I went to
the Adobe documentation. It took me a while to find it...it had been
that long since I had used it. Conversely, my Complete Reference book is
in shreds because I have used it so much.

The entire civilized, English-speaking world calls the background text
or image on a page a "watermark"--but apparently not Adobe. I looked in
the index. I looked in the table of contents. I looked in the online
help. I did a search for the term "watermark."  Using the manual was an
exercise in futility, but because I had not started out with high hopes
for success in the first place, I ended up frustrated but not

I eventually figured out how to create a watermark, but still...if Adobe
had simply used the term and provided a one-stop access point in the
index, my life would have been so much easier. 

Microsoft has a better method and documentation for creating a



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-----Original Message-----
From: framers-bounces+david.eason=lsi....@lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-bounces+david.eason=lsi.com at lists.frameusers.com] On
Behalf Of Gordon McLean
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 1:03 AM
Cc: framers at lists.frameusers.com
Subject: RE: NagGram

Read the manual? Are you mad? NO-ONE DOES THAT!!

Call yerself a technical author... ;-)

And yes, it's Friday.

(valid point though, although I use The Complete Reference book more

the manual).


-----Original Message-----

Subject: NagGram

 From the tenor of a lot of the recent postings here, I can only

that a lot of folks out there are not reading the FM Manual.  

At all.

My suggestion is to keep a copy of the FM manual handy for bedroom -- or

bathroom -- reading.

And don't forget the Quick Reference Card.

It is, you know, permissible to browse the Manual by itself, just for

reference and elucidation.

It's amazing what you can learn.

will white

One Lambda, Inc.


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