Yeah, smaller meta-books might help. I've only gone up to a couple
hundred chapter files myself... ;- )

However, you may want to ping one of the script gurus (I always use
Rick Quatro) and tell him what you want to do and he'll tell you how
much (unless you're a script guru yourself). It'd probably be much
easier in FrameScript because it can act on all files in a directory
tree... and it could merge the index of graphics automagically.


On 5/31/07, Pinkham, Jim <Jim.Pinkham at> wrote:
> Now that my somewhat robust computer has laughed hysterically and duly
> chastened me and my folly, I'm here to tell you that even a meta-book
> for one category won't work, apart from further scaling. FM tried
> valiantly to add 1,696 chapter files to a book before indulging in
> aforesaid laughter. It must have appreciated how I'd trimmed the number
> down from twice that and more. But, alas, FM finally quit, stared at me
> glassy-eyed, not responding.
> There must be a Plan B. Smaller books (what's the upper bound on number
> of docs)? Framescript? None of the above?
> Jim
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Combs, Richard [mailto:richard.combs at]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:02 PM
> To: Pinkham, Jim; framers at
> Subject: RE: Tracing the Graphic Lineage
> Pinkham, Jim wrote:
> > If one has a figure at
> > c:\docs\manuals\widgets\bigredwidget.eps, is there a ready way to
> > determine what FM manuals are importing bigredwidget.eps by reference?
> Art's on the right track, but I strongly recommend you generate an
> _Index_ of References, not a List. The latter will list imported
> graphics in order of occurrence, while the former will list them in
> alphabetical order. That makes Art's idea of making a table and sorting
> unnecessary.
> Also, you can make one or more new "metabooks" containing all the FM
> files from all your manuals (or some reasonable subset, like all for one
> product, release, whatever), and use the metabook(s) just for generating
> the index(es) of references. That reduces or eliminates the need to
> merge multiple lists.
> HTH!
> Richard
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