I also have had problem-FrameMaker files where the author at the home office in
Europe forgot to embed the images files before sending me the FM file.
The result was lost time and effort. And to make matters worse, they sometimes
sent me the image files themselves for me to embed, but the company uses
identical names for images files used in different books.
So when I placed images files in a directory common to a "family" of books, I
unknowingly overwrote previous image files that were totally different. This
was finally caught before final printing, but it was -- and still is -- a pain
in the butt.
And yes, I've tried to set them (the home office) straight with alternative
ways to name images file, but no luck yet.
Thus, large FM files with embedded images are best for my particular use.
-- Kenpo in Atlanta
-------------- Original message from ?sa Johansson <asa_johansson at
> I can only think of one thing and that is that our localisation cost would
> if we only had one big file instead of several. This is because the tool our
> localisation company uses for analysing 100% matches cannot handle book
> only individual files. That means that if the file name changes or text is
> from one file to another (which happens quite a lot with our files
> unfortunately), the tool can no longer identify the text as previously
> translated and therefore the translator has to review the text again and
> for it. The cost for reviewing the 100% matches can be very high.
> But I guess it is a better idea to stop changing file names and moving around
> text than merging all FM files into one. ;-)
> > ------------------------------
> > Message: 5
> > Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 14:32:50 -0400
> > From: "Neil Tubb"
> > Subject: Large FM File
> > To:
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> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> > Just a quick question- can anyone tell me why putting your entire 300+
> > page manual into one FM file would make sense? I was always taught that
> > splitting it out one file per chapter was the safest and best way to go,
> > but I've just seen an example of the one large file approach. Does
> > anyone else do this? Just curious.
> > Neil
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