Re: [Framers] FrameMaker 2017 and Visio Graphics

2018-09-20 Thread Steve Rickaby
I've watched this thread with interest. My experience is old, so Visio may have improved, but back in the day we used to have no end of problems with non-Visio-native exports from Visio for use in FrameMaker. I vividly remember 'connected' objects that weren't, and 'arcs' and 'circles' that

Re: [Framers] Word to Frame Again - pictures/screenshots

2018-05-13 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 21:22 +0300 13/5/18, Caroline Tabach wrote: >The first time I did that in the past I did save as html to get the >graphics. As Robert has pointed out, a .docx file is some sort of compressed XML archive from which the image files can be extracted by convincing it it's a ZIP file. If your

Re: [Framers] Transfer from FrameMaker into Word

2018-04-25 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 09:30 -0400 25/4/18, Janie Cole wrote: >My contract is ending and no one else at the company knows how to use >FrameMaker.They have asked me to convert the SOPs that I produced for them >into Word so others can maintain after I'm gone. Shmuel has nailed the detail for you: saving out of PDF

Re: [Framers] How do you identify an advanced Framemaker user?

2018-04-16 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:31 -0600 15/4/18, Carol J. Elkins wrote: >Over the next couple of years, I need to help my major client find and train >an in-house replacement for me as I wind down my freelance practice. They will >not consider an independent contractor next time, so it may be harder to >recruit and

Re: [Framers] Frame 2017 Export to Word

2017-12-20 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 22:22 -0800 19/12/17, A Craig wrote: >I was at a job interview today and it sounds like they could really use the >Conditional aspects of Frame in order to deliver various flavours of the >same manuals. However, they have done without a tech writer for a while and >like the fact that their

Re: [Framers] Style mapping: Word to FrameMaker 2017

2017-12-12 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 16:50 + 11/12/17, Pat Christenson wrote: >Hi all - > >If you're importing a Word document into FrameMaker 2017, is there a way to >disable the feature that adds unmapped formats to the FrameMaker paragraph, >character, and table catalogs? Tangential to your issue, but SiliconPrairie's

Re: [Framers] Old FrameMaker books?

2017-10-02 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 21:33 + 2/10/17, Wroblewski, Victoria wrote: >This might be the reason we stopped actually doing index entries and have been >quietly deleting index files from our books (I have a former co worker from >another company who is in horror over this idea). Use the search, people. Hmmm.

Re: [Framers] Embedding attachments in FM that remain attachments when PDF'd

2017-08-02 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 09:01 -0700 1/8/17, Monique Semp wrote: >What about just including an appropriate icon as an image (so the Excel >worksheet symbol, for example), and hyperlinking it to the external file in >the same way one would add a URL? I vaguely remember having done this in the past when I wanted to

Re: [Framers] OFF TOPIC, Translation Need.

2017-07-28 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 21:52 + 26/7/17, Craig, Alison wrote: >Professional translators are supposed to live in the country where they speak >the translation language. ISO certified firms will have this as a hiring >requirement. A slightly curious criterion, but I consider myself duly informed. By

Re: [Framers] Converting to Word for Review

2017-07-11 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 08:49 -0400 11/7/17, Lin Sims wrote: >I'm having to do this now for multiple documents because I'm being laid off >and the developers will be doing the documentation from now on, and they >only use Word. It's something of a nightmare no matter which way you choose. My sympathies. A nightmare

Re: [Framers] Tool for importing selected variables

2017-06-28 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:14 -0600 28/6/17, Tammy Van Boening wrote: >In the distant reaches of my mind, I seem to recall a tool that would allow >you to import only selected variables from one doc to another - such as only >system variables or only user-defines variables. Am I remembering correctly >and if so,

Re: [Framers] FrameMaker vs InDesign

2017-06-22 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 22:12 +0100 22/6/17, Steve Rickaby wrote: >[This sender failed our fraud detection checks and may not be who they appear >to be. Learn about spoofing at http://aka.ms/LearnAboutSpoofing] I definitely am who I appear to be. I have been who I appear to be since I joined this group i

Re: [Framers] FrameMaker vs InDesign

2017-06-22 Thread Steve Rickaby
Echoing others' queries as to why? Many years ago I attended an interview for a contract with a client that had advertised a job as requiring 'Pagemaker skills'. I did not have 'Pagemaker skills' (even by then Pagemaker was obsolete), but I was intrigued. In discussion it turned out that

Re: [Framers] FrameMaker keyboard shortcuts just stop

2017-05-03 Thread Steve Rickaby
This is going OT but it's interesting to see how much deep and embedded bitterness bullets and numbering in Word have engendered. FWIW, when I faced this issue in anger many, many years ago I hired an MVP I knew to sort it all out. She assured me that Word's underlying numbering 'engine' was

[Framers] Configuring FrameMaker default page size in Parallels

2017-05-02 Thread Steve Rickaby
Dear Frame Gurus I'm recent to FrameMaker on Windows, but have been using FrameMaker itself since v 3 on Mac. So I have no direct experience of the fminit (?) file (?) other than vaguely knowing of its existence. I need to do a trivial config to set the default page size to A4 rather than US

Re: [Framers] What do you say when FrameMaker disappoints?

2017-02-10 Thread Steve Rickaby
Rick, it strikes me that it is not so much FrameMaker that is disappointing, but Adobe support. If this is a 'straightforward' software bug, equipped with the problem document and development environment Adobe Support ought to be able to work out what the problem is and run out a patch in short

Re: [Framers] Question about differentiating heading levels

2017-01-24 Thread Steve Rickaby
ot;best >practise" isn't always "best practise". > >- Michael Lewis > > >On 2017-01-24 19:38, Steve Rickaby wrote: >>... For those of us who aren't (such as me), I've often found it useful to >>look for suitable commercial designs and then emulate th

Re: [Framers] Question about differentiating heading levels

2017-01-24 Thread Steve Rickaby
There are a number of ways to delineate heading levels. The general rule is that they should be: a. Clear b. Beautiful ;-) It's real easy to create an ugly design. It's real hard to create a beautiful one - which is why there are folks called graphic designers. For those of us who aren't

Re: [Framers] Cross reference format (what do you use?)

2016-12-02 Thread Steve Rickaby
Hi Bernard >I don't know. There are a LOT of ways to xref to stuff though. Sure are. Quite often dictated by some sort of style guide, or an existing template. What follows are only my personal preferences. >My question is this: What would be the top 3 or 4 ways *you* xref something? >Not the

Re: [Framers] Who's in charge?

2016-11-29 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 22:33 + 29/11/16, I wrote: >As others have said, don't use the formatting bar. It is heap bad juju, and >only there to stop folks who are used to work feeling uncomfortable ;-) Dang: fniger truoble. What I mean to write was '... and only there to stop folks who are used to Word feeling

Re: [Framers] Who's in charge?

2016-11-29 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 22:33 + 29/11/16, Steve Rickaby wrote: >This sender failed our fraud detection checks and may not be who they appear >to be. Learn about spoofing at http://aka.ms/LearnAboutSpoofing I don't know who or what added this, but I am who I say I am. Mind you, these days I can't be en

Re: [Framers] Who's in charge?

2016-11-29 Thread Steve Rickaby
Dennis - other have answered most of these points. I sympathize: FrameMaker is a big learning curve, but you likely won't regret it. My 10c below... At 08:46 -0800 29/11/16, Dennis Brunnenmeyer wrote: >As a relatively new beginner, I hate to bother experts with this question, but >where can I

Re: [Framers] Mif wash .book files

2016-11-17 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 19:14 + 17/11/16, Stamm, David wrote: >You, too, have hit upon something. Your test resulted in no joy again. ┬┐So, >what does Notepad do that corrupts the .mif file? Wildly guessing here based on Mac experience A MIF file is an ASCII text file. So you have to think, what could go

Re: [Framers] Pros/Cons: Separate file per chapter, or one REALLY BIG FILE for an entire book

2016-11-07 Thread Steve Rickaby
Going public on this... I think the question is, what would be the advantages of putting multiple chapters in a single document? FrameMaker has supported the 'book' concept almost from the get-go: why on earth would you not want to use it? (I am ever-open to suggestions ;-) -- Steve

Re: [Framers] Tecom November 8-10, 2016 in Stuttgart

2016-09-19 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:19 +0200 19/9/16, Klaus Daube wrote: >- Awful dialogue for sorting in table revised? Ouch - I see what you mean. I am reminded of the joke about the gynecologist who painted his front hall through the letter-box. It was all so much better in Mac FrameMaker 7. [Patronizing note for US

Re: [Framers] OT: Adobe Tool Question

2016-09-11 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 20:03 -0500 9/9/16, Mike Wickham wrote: >EPS is also the only way to keep Windows GDI from automatically converting >CMYK graphics to RGB. If your destination is printing press, CMYK is preferred >over RGB. EPS was also the only way to keep Windows from converting Pantone >colors to RGB.

[Framers] Pods for southpaws

2016-09-11 Thread Steve Rickaby
I have to admit that I have not revisited this issue recently, but merely writing a short letter in FrameMaker reminded me of it. Perhaps because I am left-handed, I would greatly prefer pods on the left and the document window to their right, but all my previous struggles to get FrameMaker to

Re: [Framers] Longtime Frame File suddenly cannot be printed to postscript for PDF production

2016-08-31 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 13:07 -0600 31/8/16, Tammy Van Boening wrote: >Of course, removing the Front cover file resolves the issue, but that isn't an >option . .. this has to be part of the final PDF production. Yeah, good stuff goes bad for no reason. That's part of the fun of computers. If you separate out the

Re: [Framers] Import AutoCad dwg files

2016-08-17 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 12:16 +0200 17/8/16, Yves Barbion wrote: >Well, AutoCad (DWG) is in the list of file formats in the Import dialog, so >I suppose Frame should be able to import it. There have been many versions of the .dwg format: that might be the root of the problem. I've not had anything to do with .dwg,

Re: [Framers] heading text in "Running H/F #" - clever truncation ?

2016-08-15 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 09:01 -0700 15/8/16, Monique Semp wrote: >So, what sorts of schemes/work-arounds have people created to deal with this >sort of issue? The few times I've hit this issue, I've negotiated a shorter heading with the author(s). Fred's tip is bang on if you have to use foxy stuff. -- Steve

Re: [Framers] Thumb Tabs

2016-08-11 Thread Steve Rickaby
In this interesting discussion about master page strategies, it's worth remembering that FrameMaker gives you the tools to apply master pages automatically in both a structured and unstructured environments: the UnstructMasterPageMaps and StructMasterPageMaps tables on the reference pages.

Re: [Framers] Thumb Tabs

2016-08-11 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 09:39 -0500 11/8/16, Theresa de Valence wrote: >On 8/10/2016 11:37 AM, Steve Rickaby wrote: >>I would suggest you use thumbs tabs on every page, and move them down >>the page as the chapters increment. This makes them easier to use. I >>can tell you how to do this (automa

Re: [Framers] Thumb Tabs

2016-08-10 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 14:53 + 10/8/16, Denis Daly wrote: >Do you think this is a sensible idea, and can it be done using FM? Yes, and yes. However, I would suggest you use thumbs tabs on every page, and move them down the page as the chapters increment. This makes them easier to use. I can tell you how to do

Re: [Framers] [OT] Dublin literary pub crawl? Writers Museum?

2016-07-01 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 04:31 -0400 1/7/16, John Sgammato wrote: >My wife and I are vacationing in Ireland. Hurrah! ;-) >Today we're in Dublin, and tonight we may join the literary pub crawl. >Does anyone have experience with the pub crawl or the Writers Museum? Not that, but I have a fair bit of experience of

Re: [Framers] "Exemplified" - use in technical documentation?

2016-06-01 Thread Steve Rickaby
For some reason the original posting for this thread did not arrive here (or has not arrived yet), so forgive me if I've misunderstood. 'Exemplified' is a word that should not appear in technical documentation imho. For a start, as Bernard has commented, in many (here in the UK, anyway) cases

Re: [Framers] What causes documentation to fail

2016-05-20 Thread Steve Rickaby
Has anyone mentioned structure in this discussion? I don't mean structured vs. unstructured, I mean documentation design. Documentation can be basically sound, but rendered unusable by poor information design and/or lack of suitable navigation tools. This problem becomes geometrically worse as

Re: [Framers] Conditional Expression build crashing FrameMaker with Internal Errors

2016-05-10 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 09:43 -0400 10/5/16, Lin Sims wrote: >...but as soon as I try to enclose the entire "and not" clause in parens, >Frame crashes. The same thing happens if I enclose the second clause first >(it saves fine) and then try to enclose the first clause. > >I tried editing in the MIF, but the entire

Re: [Framers] Searching for content in FrameMaker files

2016-05-07 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:50 -0700 7/5/16, Robert Lauriston wrote: >Is there a search utility that knows how to parse .fm files so you >could find multi-word strings reliably? Could PDFs also be an intermediate? Tiresome to produce, agreed, but if a searchable textbase is mandatory... -- Steve

Re: [Framers] Deleting Colours

2016-04-25 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 22:19 + 25/4/16, Craig, Alison wrote: >At a guess, I would say any colour with "" is >"in use", while any colour without that tag is an "unused" colour (per the 2 >examples below). > >Is that correct? AFIK the reserved color are FrameMaker's basic set of predefined colors. Your

Re: [Framers] Deleting Colours

2016-04-25 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 15:05 -0700 25/4/16, Robert Lauriston wrote: >You can do it by editing an exported MIF. Check the book MIF as well, >I've seen them stored there. Also, SiliconPrairie have a plug-in for managing colors, Color Tools. -- Steve [happy

Re: [Framers] Generate list of FrameMaker para, char, table, etc., formats?

2016-04-06 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 17:35 + 6/4/16, Craig, Alison wrote: >The plug-ins are very inexpensive and highly useful and also include versions >for Tables, Variables, Colors, etc. Seconded, in spades. And with knobs on. Although I would upgrade 'highly useful' to indispensable'. -- Steve

Re: [Framers] FrameMaker 7.2 Not Responding on New PC

2016-03-01 Thread Steve Rickaby
At risk of getting flamed left, right and center, and with due respect for Art, I'd just point out that FrameMaker 7 for Mac still runs like a train on my 2003 MDD Mac dual PowerPC under Classic (the OS 9 emulator). I've long since upgraded, but certainly not because of FrameMaker. I've done

Re: [Framers] Framers archives are restored!

2016-01-19 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 21:56 + 19/1/16, Syed Zaeem Hosain wrote: >The earliest message I have is Dec 07, 2004. So, Steve's 2001 messages are >earlier than mine for sure ... Carol posted that there were over 64k messages in the archive. I appear to have about half that number here, so incomplete. But there are

Re: [Framers] Framers archives are restored!

2016-01-19 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:20 -0700 19/1/16, Carol J. Elkins wrote: >Framers, I'm happy to announce that the good people over at MailArchive.com >have managed to restore all of the Framers archives dating back to 2005. There >were over 64,573 of them! Well done - terrific! I seem to have

Re: [Framers] Mif2Go conversion to Word

2016-01-06 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 16:27 + 6/1/16, Denis Daly wrote: >Does anyone have an opinion on using Acrobat Writer to edit the PDF file >created from FM? The intention being to not revert to the original FM file and >that all future edits would be done using Acrobat writer only. > >This process only to be used on

Re: [Framers] Mif2Go conversion to Word

2016-01-06 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 18:00 + 6/1/16, Steve Rickaby wrote: >(Disclaimer: I have to used this feature.) Did I? I of course meant to write 'I have *not* used this feature.' Yet. -- Steve ___ This message is from the Framers mailing list Send messages to Fram

Re: Importing clear, sharp images

2015-06-17 Thread Steve Rickaby
Sean Brierley's document might help: http://www.stc-carolina.org/wiki_attachments/Screen_Captures_102.pdf -- Steve ___ You are currently subscribed to framers as arch...@mail-archive.com. Send list messages to framers@lists.frameusers.com. To

Re: Is there a way to get around the issue of a book not allowing the same file more than once?

2015-06-17 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 11:54 -0400 17/6/15, john.x.pos...@us.hsbc.com wrote: Why? In case it proves flaky to do it in FrameMaker. -- Steve ___ You are currently subscribed to framers as arch...@mail-archive.com. Send list messages to framers@lists.frameusers.com. To

Re: Is there a way to get around the issue of a book not allowing the same file more than once?

2015-06-17 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 22:46 +0100 17/6/15, Steve Rickaby wrote: At 11:54 -0400 17/6/15, john.x.pos...@us.hsbc.com wrote: Why? In case it proves flaky to do it in FrameMaker. Sorry, not a good answer. Let me elaborate. As I understand it, you want to include the same content multiple times in a book. FrameMaker

Re: Is there a way to get around the issue of a book not allowing the same file more than once?

2015-06-17 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:59 -0400 17/6/15, Art Campbell wrote: I'd second Peter's approach. Two container files each pulling the single insert All good advice so far, but I think I'd initially try to implement this outside of FrameMaker, using one master source file for the multiple includes and some script or

Re: Adobe announces FrameMaker (2015 Release)

2015-06-02 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 17:25 + 2/6/15, Keith Soltys wrote: Adobe has announced the new version of FrameMaker. It looks like a more substantial release than FrameMaker 12. http://www.adobe.com/products/framemaker.htmlhttp://www.adobe.com/products/framemaker.html Klunky name: hope the rest of it is slicker. I

RE: Adobe Customer Care-less - Yet another round

2015-05-30 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 07:43 -0600 30/5/15, Tammy Van Boening wrote: Priyank came to my assistance and had the whole issue solved in 15 minutes. Yet again the huge value of this group is validated. -- Steve ___ You are currently subscribed to framers as

Re: Adobe Customer Care-less - Yet another round

2015-05-30 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 11:22 -0700 30/5/15, Tori Muir wrote: Well.. yes and no. It's ridiculous that a paying customer of so many years can only get timely, competent assistance by venting in a forum. Indeed it is: that was what I meant ;-) -- Steve ___ You are

Re: Example of a good Accessory User Guide

2015-04-17 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 09:19 + 17/4/15, Denis Daly wrote: Would anyone have a good example of an effective template of a user guide for an accessory, please? Without meaning to be critical, Denis, your question isn't really answerable as it stands. What sort of accessory, and for what? Is there anything on

Re: What is your experience with FM12 using the 5K Retina screen?

2015-04-15 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 05:26 -0400 15/4/15, Austin Meredith wrote: Because of fading eyesight due to old age, I have been thinking about upgrading my hardware and software. I'd like to purchase a new iMac loaded with the Windows operating system, because of Apple's amazing brilliant precise 5K Retina monitor on

RE: try not to laugh out loud at this question...

2015-04-14 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 21:45 -0400 13/4/15, Veronica Kutt wrote: I believe you can get results in Word, if you use a tool called SmartDocs, a content management and reuse solution for Microsoft Word. Interesting to see that SmartDocs is still around. It even does conditional text. License model only,

Re: FrameMaker ExtendScript Webinar Materials

2015-03-30 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 15:30 -0400 30/3/15, Rick Quatro wrote: 3) Any ideas for automation that you have identified in your FrameMaker workflow. What are your production bottlenecks? These could range anywhere from a few repetitive actions that you find yourself doing consistently to major workflows. I am open to

Re: Training

2015-03-30 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 18:47 + 30/3/15, Craig, Alison wrote: Over the years, I've seen several of you mention a training website where you can take courses on various programs - but the name completely escapes me. As you did not specify what sort of training you were looking for, there is also

RE: User's manual vs. User manual

2015-03-16 Thread Steve Rickaby
That's some of the most impressive pseudogerman I've ever seen. Kudos! :D We are getting truly off topic, but my favorite German compound is 'Gemeinschaftsgef├╝l' (if I have spelled it correctly). It's a real word, taken from Adlerian psychology, and is rather lovely. It means, as best I know,

Re: User's manual vs. User manual

2015-03-15 Thread Steve Rickaby
Applying the Google Popularity Test (yeah, I know) gives: User Manual: 223 million hits User's Manual: 19.7 million hits It would seem therefore that the former is 11.3197 times more usual ;-) -- Steve [Trim e-mails: use less disk, use less power, use less planet: PLEASE!]

Re: Scripting issues

2015-03-08 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 08:22 +0100 8/3/15, Klaus Daube wrote: After a look on QuickKeys website I see that the equivalent on Windows would be http://www.pcshorthand.com/screenshot.htmlShortHand on Windows. I had used this for many years, but switched to AHK in 2005. AHK provides nearly all Windows functions - and

Re: Scripting issues

2015-03-07 Thread Steve Rickaby
My thanks to Adam, Rick, Carol and Klaus for very useful feedback. The vote is AutoHotKey 3, AutoIt 1 - but as the 1 vote comes from Rick, I have to give greater weight to it ;-) Lots to go on here. -- Steve ___ You are currently subscribed to

Scripting issues

2015-03-06 Thread Steve Rickaby
Yves' e-mail about scripting has reminded me of something I need advice about. Until quite recently I was using the ancient FrameMaker 7 for Mac. Over many years of working with it I had developed a series of custom toolbars and macros for cutting the workload of book production, using

Re: Frame vs. Flare for My Needs

2015-02-26 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 20:21 + 25/2/15, Kevin Ryan wrote: Our customers (utilities) have been requesting another MS Word output: Editable MS Word versions of our 20-300 page PDF manuals so that they can edit them for their own purposes (such as internal training). This has been an interesting and informative

OT: Word (was Re: Frame vs. Flare for My Needs)

2015-02-26 Thread Steve Rickaby
I do not think I have posted this story to this group before, so, as Word is being discussed... This really happened: I was there, I watched. Long time ago, I worked as a contractor for a small but upwardly mobile company. At that time the staff occupied a single floor of an office block in

Re: User interface view option customization

2015-02-25 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:14 + 25/2/15, Steve Rickaby wrote: I guess what I was hoping for was that 'fit window to page' could somehow be set to be the default state of a document view. Maybe it cannot. As FrameMaker can now save workspaces, it would be nice if a saved workspace included view defaults

Re: User interface view option customization

2015-02-25 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 11:27 +0200 25/2/15, Shmuel wrote: The view size is saved with each file. If you change the view size it's considered a change to the file, and the Save button becomes active so that you can save the change. Since that's the way FM works, I don't see how there could be any option for a

Re: User interface view option customization

2015-02-24 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 19:31 + 24/2/15, David Spreadbury wrote: Do a search for framemaker_11_ini_reference (without the quotes or go to http://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/ini/framemaker_11_ini_reference.pdfhttp://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/ini/framemaker_11_ini_reference.pdf. There are a couple

User interface view option customization

2015-02-24 Thread Steve Rickaby
I am still feeling the pain of transition from FrameMaker 7 on Mac to the sunny uplands (maybe) of FrameMaker 12. But it does give me access to customization via the maker.ini file that was not possible on Mac. I have searched - oh how I have searched - for a setting that controls the default

Re: PDF Issue

2015-01-15 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 14:42 + 15/1/15, Denis Daly wrote: Does anyone have any update on the following response, to a query I posted a couple of months ago? 2: The response from an Adobe person here was that the Save as PDF using CMYK has a bug (that they have been able to reproduce). No fix indication yet.

Re: Frame and disk encryption software

2015-01-14 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 18:58 + 14/1/15, Michael Norton wrote: Recently, our IT department put disk encryption software (WinMagic) on our machines. Since then, several times when I have tried to open a FrameMaker v10 (.fm) file, I have gotten the Unknown File Type dialog. If I then restore a backup of the file

RE: Frame and disk encryption software

2015-01-14 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 19:36 + 14/1/15, Michael Norton wrote: And yes, this is primarily an IT problem but I also have a deadline looming. I have not tried saving the files in MIF format, but will. It doesn't happen to all files and I have seen no pattern so far. Just a few minutes ago it did it to a PDF

Re: Extracting graphics done using FrameMaker's drawing tools

2015-01-14 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 16:45 +0200 14/1/15, Shmuel wrote: I assume you mean editable as a line drawing (vector graphic). Try making a PDF, opening the PDF in CorelDRAW, then ungrouping it. You can also use one of the many free tools to convert the PDF to an EMF, which is also vector. However, I tried the latter

Extracting graphics done using FrameMaker's drawing tools

2015-01-14 Thread Steve Rickaby
Does anyone know of a method of extracting FrameMaker embedded graphics in a more or less editable form? -- Steve ___ You are currently subscribed to framers as arch...@mail-archive.com. Send list messages to framers@lists.frameusers.com. To

Very very old FrameMaker files: file extent

2015-01-10 Thread Steve Rickaby
We are about to start on a book revision. The original source files I have here appear to be FrameMaker v 4, or a mix of FrameMaker 4 and FrameMaker 6, and have a .doc file extent. Did old versions of FrameMaker used the .doc extent, or might they have ended up like this by accident? Thanks

Re: Very very old FrameMaker files: file extent

2015-01-10 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:21 -0500 10/1/15, Alan Houser wrote: I have seen FM files with a .doc extension, as recently as FM 7 (although those files may have been migrated from older versions). So ... not an accident or fluke. Thanks Alan. -- Steve ___ You are

Re: Customizing anchored frames in FM12 (unstructured)

2015-01-09 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 16:15 +0100 9/1/15, Heiko Haida wrote: How about using the new background color feature or the para box feature instead of underlining? This may look well with a 10% black e.g. Or you could use a frame below pgf, but the resulting line would always have a fixed length (like with footnotes).

Re: Customizing anchored frames in FM12 (unstructured)

2015-01-09 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 08:18 -0500 9/1/15, tom.beiswen...@emhartglass.com wrote: I have 2 problems. 1) I would like to have a thin border around all graphic frames, but can't find anything within the FM help menus that tells me how to do this. If you mean what I think you mean, just select the frame and use the

Re: online FrameMaker 12 Documentation totally revamped; in PDF and HTML5

2014-12-12 Thread Steve Rickaby
I have not looked at the content yet, but Adobe documentation should be an exemplar, and IMHO a four-level TOC is not. -- Steve ___ You are currently subscribed to framers as arch...@mail-archive.com. Send list messages to

Re: What is the situation with regards to buying used versions of FrameMaker?

2014-12-08 Thread Steve Rickaby
FWIW, I 'upgraded' from FrameMaker 6 to FrameMaker 7 for Mac years ago using a new unregistered upgrade copy obtained from eBay. It never gave me any problems. But I see that the title of this thread is 'used copies', and I guess that point has been well answered already. -- Steve

Re: framers Digest, Vol 109, Issue 21

2014-11-28 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:27 -0800 28/11/14, Phillip Norman wrote: I can readily draw and dimension objects in FrameMaker. Why would one use AI? Far better graphics? ;-) -- Steve ___ You are currently subscribed to framers as arch...@mail-archive.com. Send list

Re: seeking an elegant solution, somewhat OT

2014-11-26 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 16:33 -0500 26/11/14, John Sgammato wrote: Seeking some creative input, or maybe a success story... The products that I write about use a variety of open source and other licenses. There is a thicket of rules surrounding attribution of them. I am looking for a way to assemble this the first

Re: Problem with playing video clips in FM 12 document viewed in Adobe Reader 11

2014-11-14 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 07:03 -0600 14/11/14, Mike Wickham wrote: If you have Acrobat, you should not install Reader or the PDF Creation Add-on that comes with FrameMaker on that same computer. I'm sure this is true, Mike, but it's ultra-dumb: many folks *need* Acrobat Pro as well as Reader and FrameMaker. Are

Re: mouse alternative

2014-11-11 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:42 -0500 11/11/14, Stuart Rogers wrote: From time to time, people have mentioned problems with RSI due to mouse use. I just came across this device and thought I'd pass it along. I have no other info on it, so can't offer a review.

RE: What free Windows text editor should I use to look at MIF files?

2014-10-06 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:11 -0400 6/10/14, Fred Ridder wrote: Sorry, Craig, but there's nothing to suggest that MIF has any basis in SGML, either. Just goes to show how pioneering the original product was. Afair, its only competitor was Interleaf, which required one 'administrator' per six or so seats. --

Re: Publish fails in Frame 12

2014-10-02 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 09:33 -0500 2/10/14, Theresa de Valence wrote: Niels Grundtvig Nielsen suggested the problem might have to do with colour definitions and he discussed his directly modifying the MIF file which solved *his* problem. I've no idea *how* to modify the MIF file, so I'd rather not go there. I

Re: Insets and Tables: container paragraphs with no additional spacing

2014-10-02 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 12:23 -0700 2/10/14, Robert Lauriston wrote: What is the benefit of putting a table anchor in its own paragraphs instead of putting the anchor at the end of the preceding paragraph? I've inherited lots of documents that do things like that and it seemed to me like pointless busywork, but the

Re: Correct workflow for dealing with books within books

2014-09-27 Thread Steve Rickaby
Apurva, I see that no-one has replied to your original posting, so here are my thoughts to kick off the discussion... At 19:03 +0530 25/9/14, Apurva Bahadur wrote: I am working on a 200 page FM manual for a client. Currently, the entire manual is one book with several FM files with one TOC.

Re: Finding styles with a space after the name

2014-09-24 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 17:23 +0100 24/9/14, Peter Hirons wrote: See if you can find a tool to delete unused styles - that may shorten your job. SiliconPrairie Paragraph Tools, which Linda already has, can do this. -- Steve ___ You are currently subscribed to framers

Re: Structured: about containers, other matter and chapter numbering

2014-08-17 Thread Steve Rickaby
I can only hazard a guess at a fraction of this... At 16:56 -0500 17/8/14, Theresa de Valence wrote: In FrameBook, there will also be Front Matter and Back Matter. Can I use the Section element here or should I create a new element called OtherMatter? If you are creating an EDD from scratch

Re: Filling up blank space in a Framemaker page

2014-08-14 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 23:36 +0530 14/8/14, Apurva Bahadur wrote: Is there a way to stretch text to fill up vacant space on a Framemaker page. I am writing a manual in which few pages end with some lines and then a lot of blank space as the next section starts on the following page. I believe Indesign has a

Re: Getting a handle on structured Frame (DITA)

2014-08-13 Thread Steve Rickaby
Theresa Going back to your original posting... Also, my project involves converting two novellas into one ebook. ... it does not sound as if the documents you are working on are structurally complex. Before you give yourself a lot of pain, it might be worth revisiting the issue of whether you

Re: Getting a handle on structured Frame

2014-08-12 Thread Steve Rickaby
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Re: Getting a handle on structured Frame

2014-08-12 Thread Steve Rickaby
BTW... At 11:08 -0500 12/8/14, Theresa de Valence wrote: I now have ~50 files which are components of my unstructured book file. How would you recommend that I take the contents of those 50 files and move them into the structured book? It doesn't work quite like that: you can't just move from

Re: Getting a handle on structured Frame

2014-08-12 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 13:28 -0500 12/8/14, Theresa de Valence wrote: On 8/12/2014 12:57 PM, Steve Rickaby wrote: Let me know if you'd like a copy of my beginner's guide. At the very least it will give you an idea of the complexity of structure and whether it's worthwhile for you. Steve, you can't imagine how many

Re: Interface issues with Frame 12 in Parallels: SOLVED

2014-08-09 Thread Steve Rickaby
I previously wrote... 2. In a Parallels install of v 12 under Win7, online help is completely unusable: everything appears in a single column even if the dialog is widened. Base machine is a Mac Pro running Mavericks. Any chance of your team picking this up, Vikram? All graphics are

Re: Interface issues with Frame 12 in Parallels

2014-08-05 Thread Steve Rickaby
Mavericks. Any chance of your team picking this up, Vikram? All graphics are distorted, all contents skewed off to the left. If the help window is widened, all text collapses into a narrow column about one word wide. -- Steve Rickaby BSc MBCS CITP MISTC http://www.linkedin.com/in/steverickaby

Interface issues with Frame 12 in Parallels

2014-08-04 Thread Steve Rickaby
I am newly experiencing the joys of v 12 in Parallels, moving from v 7 on Mac (irony intentional). 1. I am left-handed, and prefer dialogs/pods on the left. Is there any way to enforce this without the document being covered by pods? I am asking this question here because of item 2. 2. In a

Re: Problems with documents imported from Word

2014-07-29 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 10:15 -0500 29/7/14, Theresa de Valence wrote: What do I do to clean up files which originate in Word or PDF. I'm turning crime fiction novels into ebooks and have run into a few problems. Well, Word is a crime, and mostly fiction, that's for sure ;-) Case 1: I import simple Word files into

Re: Mif2Go, DITA2Go, uDoc2Go: now open source

2014-07-26 Thread Steve Rickaby
At 11:08 -0700 26/7/14, Carolyn Stallard wrote: Omni Systems is closed. As Jeremy Griffith wished, source code will be made available for all three software tools. Scott Prentice has very kindly agreed to set up projects for this purpose on SourceForge. This is all very heart-warming: it's

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