Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Apurva Bahadur
Greetings! I am currently writing a book in FM 10 with about 30 individual FM files with a total of about 200 pages. My client wants outputs in pdf as well chm / webhelp formats. The pdf output through FM's own 'save as pdf' works very well and the file looks really great. When I try to

Re: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Apurva Bahadur
Fellow Framers, Problem solved after some investigation, although I cannot understand the entire process. *Problem* - While editing, I created the various FM files by renaming and saving the complete file as the next file, deleting the existing stuff and editing new content on the

Re: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Böðvar Björgvinsson
Hi Apurva, Always set Explorer to show file extensions. It makes life so much easier for Framers! :-) Glad you solved your problem. Brgds, On Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM, Apurva Bahadur apu...@writxt.com wrote: Fellow Framers, Problem solved after some investigation, although I cannot

RE: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Jeff Coatsworth
Yes, I could do that too, but then I’d have to run it in reverse if FM ran into trouble and it needed one of those “extra” files to recover/restore from – FM needs the smarts to be able to know where they’re located and retrieve from that location when needed, which it’s currently lacking.

Re: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Robert Lauriston
I always turn the backup feature off in FM preferences to get rid of those files. I created a cheat sheet for linking a FrameMaker project to a RoboHelp project since I found Adobe's documentation unclear: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1100380?tstart=0 On Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:55 AM, Apurva

My work-flow for dealing with backups from FrameMaker sessions ... Was: RE: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Syed Zaeem Hosain (syed.hos...@aeris.net)
Sorry for the long response here, but perhaps others might benefit from what I do. Jeff Coatsworth wrote: Ø One longstanding FM grumble is the program’s desire to always maintain all its files (.book, .fm, .backup, .lck, .auto, etc.) in one location – you can never designate another place

Re: My work-flow for dealing with backups from FrameMaker sessions ... Was: RE: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Robert Lauriston
The .backup files were essential before 7.2 added undo, but since then they have seemed to me to cause more trouble than they avoid. I can't recall having had a problem where they would have been useful. It seems like a legacy feature. On Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM, Syed Zaeem Hosain

Re: My work-flow for dealing with backups from FrameMaker sessions ... Was: RE: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread John Sgammato
I have turned off the backup feature since FM9. I am on FM12 now. I have never had reason to regret that decision. On Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM, Robert Lauriston rob...@lauriston.com wrote: The .backup files were essential before 7.2 added undo, but since then they have seemed to me to

RE: My work-flow for dealing with backups from FrameMaker sessions ... Was: RE: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Syed Zaeem Hosain (syed.hos...@aeris.net)
Okay ... :) I don't really need them anymore but just like the idea of keeping them too (per my belts and suspenders approach) ... they have not hurt me in any way that I know of. For what it is worth, storage is cheap today ... so I simply copy them off into a subdir and delete them before I

RE: My work-flow for dealing with backups from FrameMaker sessions ... Was: RE: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Syed Zaeem Hosain (syed.hos...@aeris.net)
Robert and you are on the same page. ☺ Since I don’t really use them for anything either, I suppose I could also turn this off too … it is just more of my belts and suspenders belief coming through, I suspect! Z From: John Sgammato [mailto:john.sgamm...@actifio.com] Sent: Friday, September

RE: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Fred Ridder
Before anyone relies on the automatic backup files that FrameMaker create, you need to be aware that these are *NOT* true backups. A true backup would result if Frame saved a second copy of the file that you just saved, and that is *not* what happens. Instead, all Frame does is rename the

RE: My work-flow for dealing with backups from FrameMaker sessions ... Was: RE: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Adam Hollett
One of the least awkward ways to work with FrameMaker files and backups is probably to use revision control software like SVN or git. I keep backups disabled in FrameMaker because I know that every commit of changes to my files is backed up and reverting is easy. This has worked wonders for us

RE: My work-flow for dealing with backups from FrameMaker sessions ... Was: RE: Best practices for converting FM to Robohelp

2014-09-05 Thread Syed Zaeem Hosain (syed.hos...@aeris.net)
Adam Hollett said: Ø One of the least awkward ways to work with FrameMaker files and backups is probably to use revision control software like SVN or git. I keep backups disabled in FrameMaker because I know that every commit of changes to my files is backed up and reverting is easy. Ø