On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 10:44 AM, Chinell, David F (GE EntSol,
Security) <David.Chinell at ge.com> wrote:
> Hi:
> I posted awhile ago asking about the learning curve for FrameMaker. I'm
> starting to train myself with O'Keefe's book and Classroom in a Book.
> But one thing about the page display in FrameMaker's workspace really
> distracts me -- it's the way the left and bottom edges of the page seem
> to run into the ruler area without demarcation. I'm just used to seeing
> a little gray between the edge of the page and the window features.
> Is there any way to establish that?

Hi, David:

FrameMaker doesn't use the pasteboard metaphor that's common in
page-layout applications. When you print or convert to PDF, you can
specify how the document appears on the standard-size paper. When the
FM page size is larger than the document area, you can add crop marks
to help visualize the working area, or you can create a simulated
pasteboard border area on your master-pages. You can specify the color
of the border to be non-printing.

Depending on your final output and your preferences, one of these
suggestions may work for you:

* Use File > New > Custom, to define a larger page than you need in a
new document. Set the margins to give the "live area" of the size and
position you'd want on a standard page.

* Format > Page Layout > Page Size to redefine the page size of an
existing document. Reposition the main and header/footer text frames
to suit your needs.

* Create two templates - one with the standard no-pasteboard layout,
and one with the oversize fake pasteboard layout, and import one or
the other into your current document.

You'll find plenty of information on importing formats, templates,
master pages, crop marks, margin settings, header text frames,
non-printing color, etc. in FM's online Help, and in Google searches.



Peter Gold
KnowHow ProServices

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