First, in case Dov or someone else from Adobe doesn't step in here, please observe that there is a legal limit to how you can use current FrameMaker versions unattended without a server license (http://www.adobe.com/products/fmserver/). As far as I can tell, the "Adobe? FrameMaker? Server 8 software extends the power of Adobe FrameMaker 8 software" only in terms of the license and the price tag; ie., technically it is no different from the desktop edition. Anyway, a completely automated pagination service would probably require the server license.
I have not tried using DZBatcher with FrameMaker 8 yet. I'd love to hear about it :) Don't know about Vista either. We avoid it like the plague for now. DZBatcher is OK with Windows XP. Is it easy to use? Well, it does what it is supposed to do, which isn't much compared to more complete FrameMaker scripting environments like FrameScript. DZBatcher controls a few important FrameMaker functions, and is meant to be invoked from a shell script. Use your preferred scripting language to do the checkout, write the DZBatcher scripts, and invoke DZBatcher. DZBatcher, being a command line tool, can read commands piped in from stdin (and write to stdout). But pipes doesn't work all that well on Windows, so I have DZBatcher read the commands from a file. I tend to drive the process from a Makefile. Your in-house developer knows about 'make' <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makefile>. If she doesn't, then please ask me for more information. There are a few alternatives somewhat similar in scope to DZBatcher. - The 'runfm' command from Omsys Mif2Go http://www.omsys.com/dcl/xhtml/runfm.htm See for example http://www.omsys.com/dcl/xhtml/runfm_0016_3433runningasinglemif2goconversionorprintjob.htm Download the demo version of Mif2Go to try out 'runfm' http://www.omsys.com/dcl/download.htm - CudSpan DoBatch, available from Leximation http://www.leximation.com/toolsearch/?dev=CUD DoBatch expects you to open a batch script file interactively. Kind regards Peter Ring Shmuel Wolfson wrote: > It says on the page you provided below: > > DZbatcher is currently available for Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Sun > Solaris 2.6 and AIX, and FrameMaker or FrameMaker+SGML (versions 5.5.6 > or above), must be installed on your host system. > > What about Windows XP and Vista? Are they supported? > Also, is it easy to use? > > Regards, > Shmuel Wolfson > > > > Peter Ring wrote: >> DZBatcher, >> >> http://www.datazone.com/dzbatcher2.html >> >> is your friend. >> >> kind regards >> Peter Ring >> >> Linda G. Gallagher wrote: >> >>> Framers, >>> >>> A client would like to be able to have a script that runs nightly >>> that will >>> do the following: >>> >>> - Pull FM files and books from their version control system (PVCS) >>> >>> - Maybe set conditions (not sure if this is needed yet) >>> >>> - Update the books >>> >>> - Create PDFs of books and some stand-alone files >>> >>> - Put the resulting PDFs in a specific place for the nightly build >>> >>> It seems like fmbatch can do this, but I think it only works with FM for >>> Unix (they have FM for Win). >>> Can any of the other FDK tools do this? (An in-house developer will >>> likely >>> write the script.) >>> >>> What about FrameScript? >>> >>> What tool is best? >>> >>> Thanks for your help! >>> >>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>> Linda G. Gallagher >>> TechCom Plus, LLC >>> lindag at techcomplus dot com >>> www.techcomplus.com >>> 303-450-9076 or 800-500-3144 >>> User guides, online help, FrameMaker and >>> WebWorks ePublisher templates >>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>> >>> >>> >>> _______________________________________________ >>> >>> >>> You are currently subscribed to Framers as pri at ddf.dk. >>> >>> Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. >>> >>> To unsubscribe send a blank email to >>> framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com >>> or visit >>> http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/pri%40ddf.dk >>> >>> Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit >>> http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. >>> >>> >> _______________________________________________ >> >> >> You are currently subscribed to Framers as sbw at actcom.com. >> >> Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. >> >> To unsubscribe send a blank email to >> framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com >> or visit >> http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/sbw%40actcom.com >> >> Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit >> http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. >> >> >