Re: [Framers] Suddenly not working FM functionality?

2017-04-28 Thread Robert Lauriston
Same version of Windows on both machines? On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 3:16 PM, tammyvb wrote: > > > I ran crap cleaner in rebooted no luck still in fm10 I also installed FM 12 > just to see if there would be an issue with it and the same thing as FM12. An > image

Re: [Framers] Why do my ohm symbols keep turning into capital O?

2017-04-28 Thread Robert Lauriston
Structured or unstructured mode? On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 8:20 AM, Lin Sims wrote: > I use the Alt+234 key sequence to insert Ω into my documents. Why do they > keep turning into capital O? > > FrameMaker 12 > Windows 7 > Font: Myriad Pro

Re: [Framers] Why do my ohm symbols keep turning into capital O?

2017-04-28 Thread Robert Lauriston
Have you tried Alt+2126 or Alt+3A9? On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 8:20 AM, Lin Sims wrote: > I use the Alt+234 key sequence to insert Ω into my documents. Why do they > keep turning into capital O? ___ This message is from the Framers

Re: [Framers] Does anyone have settings for using SVN as an integrated Frame repository?

2017-04-26 Thread Robert Lauriston
Theoretically you could use WebDAV, but to me that's just one more thing to go wrong. At my last job I just used the command-line client or the free version of SmartSVN. On Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 7:36 AM, Art Campbell wrote: > Not even sure it's possible but wanted to

Re: [Framers] Does FrameMaker Have Something Similar to Word's Embedded Files?

2017-04-25 Thread Robert Lauriston
: > Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | YouTube | Our Blog | Adobe TCS User > Forum > > > -Original Message- > From: Framers [mailto:framers-bounces+gentz=adobe@lists.frameusers.com] > On Behalf Of Robert Lauriston > Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 18:59 > To:

Re: [Framers] Does FrameMaker Have Something Similar to Word's Embedded Files?

2017-04-25 Thread Robert Lauriston
How is the embedded file handled when you save that FrameMaker document as a PDF? On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 7:33 AM, Stefan Gentz wrote: > Hi Sandra, > > You might want to test this: > > Create a FrameMaker document, place the insertion mark to where you want the > text file to

Re: [Framers] Corel Paintshop / Adobe Photoshop

2017-04-19 Thread Robert Lauriston
Wow, I didn't know Corel was still in business. I'm decent at PhotoShop for a tech writer, but there are graphics professionals who spend most of their work days using it to do things that would never come up in my job. On Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 2:01 PM, Wendy Studinski

Re: [Framers] Are there limits on Conditional Expressions? If so, what are they?

2017-04-18 Thread Robert Lauriston
; wrote: > Which shorter expression? This one? > > "LITEvA" and ( ( "LP" or "LPvA" or "LPvB" or "LPvC" or "SAS4" or "SAS4vA" or > "SAS4vB" or "SAS4vC" ) and not ( "Internal" or "TBP" ) ) and n

Re: [Framers] Are there limits on Conditional Expressions? If so, what are they?

2017-04-18 Thread Robert Lauriston
ed, so I'm sorta stuck. > > At least the long expression works properly. I just wish I understood why > the shorter one (which to me looks logically the same) doesn't. Ah, well. > > On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 4:02 PM, Robert Lauriston <rob...@lauriston.com> > wrote: > >&g

Re: [Framers] Are there limits on Conditional Expressions? If so, what are they?

2017-04-18 Thread Robert Lauriston
DocBook and DITA have a much more sophisticated approach to conditional text. There are multiple profiling attributes that can have multiple values. Thus the parameters you use when processing output are simple and human-readable. In my main docs, currently I use audience (public / internal) and

Re: [Framers] Are there limits on Conditional Expressions? If so, what are they?

2017-04-18 Thread Robert Lauriston
s no, that doesn't work. For example, I have something that is > tagged LP + LITEvA + TBP, and it shows up, and I don't want it to. > > On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 2:16 PM, Lin Sims <ljsims...@gmail.com> wrote: > >> Might be. I'll have to try that. I thought I had, but maybe

Re: [Framers] Are there limits on Conditional Expressions? If so, what are they?

2017-04-18 Thread Robert Lauriston
On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 10:42 AM, Lin Sims wrote: > ...This part of the expression is the same for both: > > not ( "DocIss" or "Internal" or "LP" or "LPvA" or "LPvB" or "LPvC" or > "NoSeeEm" > or "SAS4" or "SAS4vA" or "SAS4vB" or "SAS4vC" or "TBP" or "WriterNote" ) > > and

Re: [Framers] Are there limits on Conditional Expressions? If so, what are they?

2017-04-18 Thread Robert Lauriston
Is there any documentation of the precedence and order of evaluation of FrameMaker's conditional tag logical operators? I feel like the second one needs more parentheses and might be missing a NOT. As written, it looks like it will show (1) everything with none of the condition tags in the set

Re: [Framers] ​ Re: Frame Help files

2017-04-12 Thread Robert Lauriston
I think Adobe focuses on DITA because they get revenues from that market. On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 2:10 PM, Joel wrote: > I think Adobe should combine Frame and RoboHelp, or just kill RH and roll > it into Frame. Then Adobe would have a real Flare killer on their hands. > Quit

Re: [Framers] Frame Help Files

2017-04-10 Thread Robert Lauriston
WebHelp (in FM 2015 but not 2017) and Responsive HTML are. You should be able to generate them using the existing TopicAlias markers. On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 7:18 AM, Bragg, Judy - Xylem wrote: > We've been using CHM for context sensitive help (a requirement). Are the > other

Re: [Framers] Frame Help files

2017-04-07 Thread Robert Lauriston
RH has some additional output formats and options, but most people don't need them. FM 2017: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/2017/using/using-framemaker-2017/frm_generating_output/Multichannel_publishing1-.htm RH 11:

[Framers] web help output deprecated in FM2017

2017-04-05 Thread Robert Lauriston
Does "Responsive HTML5 (RoboHelp Server)" mean you need RoboHelp Server to generate it? If not, then deprecating web help isn't such a big deal. http://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/2017/using/using-framemaker-2017/frm_generating_output/Multichannel_publishing1-.htm

Re: [Framers] TCS Suite 2017 - MAJOR BUG

2017-04-01 Thread Robert Lauriston
A while back there was a FrameMaker release that wouldn't run unless you installed it in C:\ (the root). On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 2:15 PM, Gillian Flato wrote: > I opened up Robohelp in TCS 2017 to import my Frame book and chapter > files and create a help file. When

Re: [Framers] Frame 12 and PDF JobOption files (WAS Moving Frame 12 to a New Computer)

2017-04-01 Thread Robert Lauriston
Save a new joboption and see where the file ends up? On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 5:44 PM, Craig, Alison wrote: > I'm nearly done setting up my new computer but I'm having problems with > JobOption files. > > I've searched out everywhere they occur in "Adobe world" on my

Re: [Framers] unavailable fonts message

2017-03-30 Thread Robert Lauriston
Have you searched the reference pages? On occasion I couldn't find mystery missing fonts until I exported to MIF and searched in a text editor. Some were in a .book file, which I didn't understand at all. On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 9:42 AM, Al Friend wrote: > Hey, how do I

Re: [Framers] Changing default save as

2017-03-29 Thread Robert Lauriston
Could you switch to a site license to get everyone in sync? Otherwise I'd just keep everyone on the old version until all the licenses are for the next version. On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 12:33 PM, Shaw, Brian wrote: > Hi, > The team I work with are all using

Re: [Framers] Framemaker 5.5

2017-03-21 Thread Robert Lauriston
The problem is probably that virtual Windows XP has no suitable driver for the portable drive. Try saving from FrameMaker, then use Windows 7 File Manager to copy the saved file to the portable drive. On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 4:30 PM, David Klein wrote: > I am a

Re: [Framers] OT: ISP recommendations? -- Follow-up

2017-03-03 Thread Robert Lauriston
I've been using Pair for years. It used to be a bit nerds-only but it has become more naive-user-friendly while still remaining pretty hardcore as far as service, support, and security. https://www.pair.com They also sell domain services: https://www.pairnic.comtad...@frameusers.com

Re: [Framers] VSdocman Outputs to FM

2017-03-02 Thread Robert Lauriston
Most developers expect API documentation in HTML format these days. If you haven't done it before it may seem like a lot of overhead, but in the long run putting API documentation in the code and generating it automatically saves time and helps ensure accuracy. Seriously, take a look at

Re: [Framers] VSdocman Outputs to FM

2017-03-02 Thread Robert Lauriston
I agree, if there's an API doc generator, using it would certainly be my first choice. You might also take a look at Document!X. That said, recent releases of FrameMaker reportedly do a much better job of importing Word. On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 9:01 AM, Monique Semp

Re: [Framers] Questions about tech docs in an Agile environment (may be off-topic)

2017-03-02 Thread Robert Lauriston
Can you be agile in a heavily regulated industry? https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/compliant-agile-medical-device/ ___ This message is from the Framers mailing list Send messages to framers@lists.frameusers.com Visit the list's

Re: [Framers] Questions about tech docs in an Agile environment (may be off-topic)

2017-03-01 Thread Robert Lauriston
I used Confluence Server plus Scroll PDF Exporter and HTML Exporter plugins for three years (just for authoring, not for hosting docs), then migrated to Paligo last August. The big plus of Confluence was that reviews were really easy. The biggest minus is that Atlassian doesn't fix bugs, so I had

Re: [Framers] Questions about tech docs in an Agile environment (may be off-topic)

2017-03-01 Thread Robert Lauriston
Adopting a non-reality-based editorial process is one of the most common ways of doing Agile wrong. I think that's often based on a misreading of the part of the Agile manifesto that says, "Working software over comprehensive documentation." That refers to developer-written documentation such as

Re: [Framers] Curly Quote conundrum

2017-03-01 Thread Robert Lauriston
In that situation, I'd just change the font to a similar-looking one that was more readable. Marketing would probably never notice, and if they did, I'd tell them I changed it in response to customer complaints about readability. On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 6:53 AM, Tammy Van Boening

Re: [Framers] Questions about tech docs in an Agile environment (may be off-topic)

2017-02-28 Thread Robert Lauriston
If there's only one writer and not enough time to do everything, detailed release notes don't seem like the best choice. Seems like an opportunity for reuse. I'm a solo tech writer and Paligo allows me to manage reuse in such a way that I'm more productive. Flare over RoboHelp. Its FrameMaker

Re: [Framers] Curly Quote conundrum

2017-02-28 Thread Robert Lauriston
You could, but why not just change the font? And if you're not free to change the font, then why would you be free to override individual glyphs? On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 6:12 PM, Victoria Muir wrote: > Well.. as someone who functions primarily as a designer, this

Re: [Framers] Curly Quote conundrum

2017-02-27 Thread Robert Lauriston
.spectrumwritingllc.com > TammyVB *AT* spectrumwritingllc *DOT* com > -Original Message- > From: Framers > [mailto:framers-bounces+tammyvb=spectrumwritingllc....@lists.frameusers.com] > On Behalf Of Robert Lauriston > Sent: Monday, February 27, 2017 4:12 PM > To: An email list for

Re: [Framers] Curly Quote conundrum

2017-02-27 Thread Robert Lauriston
Looks like that's how Avenier Next LT is designed. 201c and 201d use the same glyph. https://www.linotype.com/1129827/avenir-next-light-product.html On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 2:45 PM, Tammy Van Boening wrote: > FM 10, Win 7, AvenirNext LT Pro font for Table Body

Re: [Framers] Adding alternative text to images

2017-02-23 Thread Robert Lauriston
You're following these instructions and Text Attributes is missing? 1)Select the frame and choose Special > Anchored Frame. The Anchored Frame dialog is displayed. 2)Click Object Attributes. 3)In the Text Attributes section, add your alt text and actual text, and then click Set. On Thu, Feb 23,

Re: [Framers] FM2017 menu shift/search for commands

2017-02-21 Thread Robert Lauriston
Adobe should be ashamed that their UIs are so bad that customers need command search, but I'm happy to get back all that time I was wasting trying to find commands. On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 10:17 AM, Alan Litchfield wrote: > I like that feature, thanks. Wish it was there

Re: [Framers] Missing symbol from FrameMaker's equation editor

2017-02-17 Thread Robert Lauriston
which font(s) it's in can be surprisingly hard. On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 11:36 AM, M Lee <marthale...@gmail.com> wrote: > Hi Robert, > > Will U+03F5 work inside an equation? > > Thanks. > > Martha > > On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:17 PM, Robert Lauriston <rob...@lauri

Re: [Framers] Missing symbol from FrameMaker's equation editor

2017-02-17 Thread Robert Lauriston
U+03F5? http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/03f5/index.htm Maybe you need to install a font with that glyph? The docs refer to Mathematical Pi and Universal Greek. If you have a font with that glyph, your fonts could be corrupted somehow. On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 10:56 AM, M Lee

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

2017-02-14 Thread Robert Lauriston
That was a reasonable statement once upon a time, but there are more and better alternatives. On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 3:24 AM, Stamm, David wrote: > 2017-02-14-02T11:25Z > > "No one has ever heard me say that FrameMaker is perfect, but it is far > better than the

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

2017-02-10 Thread Robert Lauriston
Upgrade to FrameMaker 8? ___ This message is from the Framers mailing list Send messages to framers@lists.frameusers.com Visit the list's homepage at http://www.frameusers.com Archives located at

Re: [Framers] Search and replace End Paragraph with Comma Space

2017-02-05 Thread Robert Lauriston
Personally I'd do that in a text editor, but: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1058765 On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 11:19 AM, Theresa de Valence wrote: > Hi Framers. I'm putting the contents of an Excel spreadsheet into a frame > document. I've copied the relevant spreadsheet lines

Re: [Framers] Text inset links in PDFs in FM 2017 and no updates to purchased version

2017-02-04 Thread Robert Lauriston
Your friend could get a free trial and see if it has been fixed. I think I first encountered the bug that made cross-references in text insets not work in FM6. It was definitely in FM7 since I covered the workaround in an in-house tech writers' guide I wrote at an old job: The workaround is to

Re: [Framers] Whenever I post to this list, I get an interesting fraud detection message.

2017-01-28 Thread Robert Lauriston
GMail routes some posters' (most recently John Sgammato, Jeff Coatsworth, and Carole McCormick) mail to spam with the message, "Why is this message in Spam? It has a from address in .com but has failed .com's required tests for authentication." But presumably that's not the problem with your email

Re: [Framers] devolution: Framemaker to Word

2017-01-27 Thread Robert Lauriston
FrameMaker > Flare > Word is the cleanest route I found. Here's a mif2rtf.ini I used for FM10 to Word, paths and file names would need to match your environment. This file is in the output directory, which in my case was \Word. [Options] Output=Standard EqVertAdjust=18 [Setup]

Re: [Framers] Up for discussion: changing Framers' default Reply-To behavior

2017-01-26 Thread Robert Lauriston
If that's possible, I vote for it. In GMail, I habitually hit Reply All, delete any individuals, and move the list address from CC to To if it's not there already. On Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM, FrameUsers Admin wrote: > ... as List Mom, I'd like to change the default

Re: [Framers] Issue with HTML Responsive help made from FrameMaker 2015 possibly as a result of upgrade of internal volumes "Adobe"

2017-01-09 Thread Robert Lauriston
I thought that would be it. I prefer to check a .zip file into the build system. On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 7:31 AM, Caroline Tabach wrote: > We solved this: > > Between Frame 2015 patches, the resulting folder structure of the Responsive > HTML help changed. > > R were taking

Re: [Framers] Issue with HTML Responsive help made from FrameMaker 2015 possibly as a result of upgrade of internal volumes "Adobe"

2017-01-08 Thread Robert Lauriston
The symptoms are consistent with a bad merge. I'd do a DIR /S > of the standalone help and the version in the application and then run COMP on the two files. On Sun, Jan 8, 2017 at 6:41 AM, Caroline Tabach wrote: > Hi, > Does anyone else make Responsive HTML help directly

Re: [Framers] OT: Webinar: I am looking for a solution

2016-12-08 Thread Robert Lauriston
I'm skeptical about persuading non-technical Word users to write in DITA and having them do a good job of it. Oxygen hides the code a bit but it's still pretty geeky. Rick just says "XML" but hasn't specified which flavor. And is there a budget? On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 1:03 AM, Yves Barbion

Re: [Framers] OT: Webinar: I am looking for a solution

2016-12-07 Thread Robert Lauriston
> From: Framers > [mailto:framers-bounces+rick=rickquatro@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf > Of Robert Lauriston > I don't know what you mean by "structure" in this context. Applying > consistent styles? > > On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:04 PM, Rick Quatro <r...@rickqua

Re: [Framers] OT: Webinar: I am looking for a solution

2016-12-07 Thread Robert Lauriston
I don't know what you mean by "structure" in this context. Applying consistent styles? On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:04 PM, Rick Quatro wrote: > ...Currently, each contributor submits their > content in a Word document, which is then cleaned up, "structured" and > imported into

Re: [Framers] WebWorks Menu doesn't appear in FrameMaker 9

2016-12-02 Thread Robert Lauriston
You might have to copy some settings from maker.ini and some files from FM's plugins directory. On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 1:24 PM, Ed Lightle wrote: > I am moving to a new PC (Windows 10) but my version of WebWorks is no longer > supported. How can I move this

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

2016-12-02 Thread Robert Lauriston
I stopped using chapter numbers years ago. I don't use captions or figure numbers or any of that stuff, it all seems like print-era clutter to me. I cross-reference headings, so " For more information, see <$paratext>." In PDF output I add "on page #." If I need to cross-reference a table, I give

Re: [Framers] Who's in charge?

2016-11-30 Thread Robert Lauriston
You should set tab stops only in Paragraph Designer, right. FrameMaker 7.2 is in most ways as good as the latest release and in some ways better. If you want to use any special characters, you'll want to consult the FM7 "FrameMaker Character Sets" document:

Re: [Framers] Who's in charge?

2016-11-30 Thread Robert Lauriston
The differences between unstructured FrameMaker 6 and 7.2 were fairly minor. The main thing I recall was the addition of multi-level undo. The big changes were in FM8, which switched from proprietary character sets to Unicode, and FM9, which layered on the nonstandard UI (though as you drill down

Re: [Framers] Who's in charge?

2016-11-29 Thread Robert Lauriston
Here's a squeaky-clean template you could look at, might help you understand how things are supposed to work. I cleared out all the cruft from the master and reference pages. Even the sample files Adobe distributes have a bunch of junk in them. http://lauriston.com/fm10_link_to_rh9.zip If files

Re: [Framers] Who's in charge?

2016-11-29 Thread Robert Lauriston
I probably wouldn't create a Blue format. I'd name a format after a particular function and the color would be one of the attributes (e.g. the Link tag below). A template I created at one job in the FM7 era had only these character tags: - Default: Reverts the selected text to the default

Re: [Framers] Who's in charge?

2016-11-29 Thread Robert Lauriston
First rule of FrameMaker: use only paragraph and character tags to format your text. Second rule of FrameMaker: use only paragraph and character tags to format your text. On Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 8:46 AM, Dennis Brunnenmeyer wrote: > If I want to change the color

Re: [Framers] xref from FM file created by DITA-FMx to unstructured Frame?

2016-11-28 Thread Robert Lauriston
This sounds like a job for FrameMaker's database publishing feature. Or was that your previous process? On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 5:18 AM, Lin Sims wrote: > Oh, it's worse than that. The XML files that generate the FM file via > DITA-FMx are regenerated every time there's a

Re: [Framers] Adobe PhoneGap

2016-11-22 Thread Robert Lauriston
This blog post might fill in the gaps in Adobe's documentation: http://www.techcommtools.com/framemaker-2015-app/ On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 3:27 PM, Böðvar Björgvinsson wrote: > > Hi everyone, > > Does anyone here have any knowledge of the Adobe PhoneGap and how to set it > up.

Re: [Framers] Toggling Condition Indicators Individually

2016-11-18 Thread Robert Lauriston
Could you do what you need by having an .fm file that has a table with a row for each condition indicator, one column for the indicator name, a second with conditional text saying "currently visible," and a third describing its purpose? You could include that file as the first page after the front

Re: [Framers] Mif wash .book files

2016-11-18 Thread Robert Lauriston
Wow. All those years I spent using FrameMaker all day, every day at work and I never knew you could use it as a text editor. On Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 12:40 PM, Peter Gold wrote: > To open a MIF file in FM as plain text, press and hold Shift (or Ctrl) when > choosing

Re: [Framers] Mif wash .book files

2016-11-17 Thread Robert Lauriston
You could find out exactly how Notepad is corrupting the file by opening a MIF, saving a copy, and using the FC command to compare the two. ___ This message is from the Framers mailing list Send messages to framers@lists.frameusers.com Visit the list's

Re: [Framers] Mif wash .book files

2016-11-17 Thread Robert Lauriston
ve hit upon something. Your test resulted in no joy again. ¿So, > what does Notepad do that corrupts the .mif file? > > Dave Stamm > Information Engineer > > -Original Message- > From: robert.lauris...@gmail.com [mailto:robert.lauris...@gmail.com] On > Behalf Of Rober

Re: [Framers] Mif wash .book files

2016-11-17 Thread Robert Lauriston
It's easy to check if Notepad is the issue. Save as .mif, open in Notepad, save a copy, open the copy in FrameMaker. ___ This message is from the Framers mailing list Send messages to framers@lists.frameusers.com Visit the list's homepage at

Re: [Framers] Mif wash .book files

2016-11-17 Thread Robert Lauriston
Skip Windows Explorer. Use File > Open in FrameMaker. On Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 9:25 AM, Stamm, David wrote: > ... Through Windows Explorer, I try to open [BookName].mif with FrameMaker > 2015, which displays the "Unknown file type" window.

Re: [Framers] crash saving to XML - resolved, sort of

2016-11-16 Thread Robert Lauriston
Is it possible you exceeded the Windows maximum path length? https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa365247(v=vs.85).aspx#maxpath > On Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 9:50 AM, Fred Wersan wrote: > >> Last week I asked about a crash when I try to save to XML (Frame 2015,

Re: [Framers] table footing - possible only on last page ?

2016-11-11 Thread Robert Lauriston
What other purpose do table footers serve? In very large tables, the header / footer row is sometimes repeated in the middle as well, sometimes more than once. I don't know if any single-sourcing tools can do that. On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 4:29 PM, Monique Semp wrote:

Re: [Framers] table footing - possible only on last page ?

2016-11-10 Thread Robert Lauriston
Did you explain to the reviewer that the purpose of a footing row is to let the reader see the column labels when they're viewing the bottom half of the page? On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 12:27 PM, Monique Semp wrote: >> Are you talking about a footer row, or a table

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

2016-11-08 Thread Robert Lauriston
That's a good point. For multiple writers to work on the same document, it needs to be split into multiple files. Though in that case you might better migrate from FrameMaker to something that was designed for collaboration. On Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM, Craig, Alison

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

2016-11-07 Thread Robert Lauriston
e graphics.) > > > > On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 2:43 PM, Robert Lauriston <rob...@lauriston.com> > wrote: >> >> I always do one file, unless it gets so big that there are download >> problems. Then everything can be cross-referenced. You can have >> cross-PDF

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

2016-11-07 Thread Robert Lauriston
I always do one file, unless it gets so big that there are download problems. Then everything can be cross-referenced. You can have cross-PDF links, but they're more problematic. As a user, I always find it frustrating when large documents are split up. How big is the file if you generate one big

Re: [Framers] Adobe Licensing/Installation Rant

2016-10-17 Thread Robert Lauriston
Try downloading the latest installer: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/acrobat-downloads.html#download_11_10 XI is supposed to be supported through 15 Oct. 2017. https://www.adobe.com/support/products/enterprise/eol/eol_matrix.html#86 On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 10:28 AM, Tammy Van Boening

Re: [Framers] Hyphenation puzzle

2016-09-26 Thread Robert Lauriston
Nonbreaking hyphen, Esc, h, hyphen. On Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 10:23 AM, David Millis wrote: > > I have a word (e-file) that should never be broken between lines. ___ This message is from the Framers mailing list Send

Re: [Framers] Total Page Count Variable

2016-09-19 Thread Robert Lauriston
nto files for two reasons in my world. If there is very > heavy use of graphics, the single file approach becomes unworkable because > file file bogs down. Another reason is to divide up the document into chucks > that the various SMEs can work on without locking everyone else out of the >

Re: [Framers] Total Page Count Variable

2016-09-18 Thread Robert Lauriston
For the last ten years or so, since computers have had enough memory / horsepower that it isn't a problem, I put all the chapters in a single .fm file. Then you don't have to worry about someone adding a file to the end and screwing up the unfortunate kludge required because Adobe never added the

Re: [Framers] Total Page Count Variable

2016-09-18 Thread Robert Lauriston
Did Adobe drop that from the doc? http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FrameMaker/9.0/Using/WSd817046a44e105e21e63e3d11ab7f7960b-7ec2.html#WS70299726-EDC7-42e5-BDCC-CA4968D47AB3 On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 2:08 PM, John Posada wrote: > Hi, guys...I'm replicating a Word template and in

Re: [Framers] Pods for southpaws

2016-09-11 Thread Robert Lauriston
I reported that bug on FrameMaker 9 in 2009. On Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 8:05 AM, Steve Rickaby wrote: > 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

Re: [Framers] OT: Adobe Tool Question

2016-09-09 Thread Robert Lauriston
hey do, I go have a beer instead. I've been learning a lot > about beer lately. > > From: Robert Lauriston <rob...@lauriston.com> > > If the source is in EPS and you don't have the originals, or the EPS > files were created by somebody who thought that was a reasonable &g

Re: [Framers] OT: Adobe Tool Question

2016-09-09 Thread Robert Lauriston
If the source is in EPS and you don't have the originals, or the EPS files were created by somebody who thought that was a reasonable source format, that explains the odd requirement. It's kind of like having only PDFs and not the original source. On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 12:01 PM, Tammy Van

Re: [Framers] OT: Adobe Tool Question

2016-09-09 Thread Robert Lauriston
I'm still wondering why EPS is a requirement. That's not normally a source format, and as an exported format there's not usually no reason to prefer it to alternatives. On Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 6:32 AM, Tammy Van Boening wrote: > Thanks All. I purchased a legal

Re: [Framers] OT: Adobe Tool Question

2016-09-07 Thread Robert Lauriston
Is EPS required for any reason other than exporting for placement in FrameMaker? If there's no other reason you need EPS, you don't need to worry about whether the drawing application can edit EPS files. In fact, you could probably forget about EPS entirely, and export PDF or EMF to place in

Re: [Framers] OT: Adobe Tool Question

2016-09-07 Thread Robert Lauriston
Xara may have issues with EPS. http://www.talkgraphics.com/showthread.php?66467-EPS-in-Designer-Pro-X9 On Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 11:08 AM, Syed Zaeem Hosain wrote: > I highly recommend the Xara products. I use their image editing and video > products with good results. I

Re: [Framers] OT: Adobe Tool Question

2016-09-07 Thread Robert Lauriston
Creative Suite 6 was the last version for which Adobe sells perpetual licenses. You can still download it and buy a license from Adobe but only by phone. https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/cs6-product-downloads.html On Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 10:31 AM, Craig, Alison

Re: [Framers] OT: Adobe Tool Question

2016-09-07 Thread Robert Lauriston
Inkscape can't open EPS files, so you have to convert them: https://inkscape.org/en/learn/faq/#how-to-open-eps-files-in-windows http://kristarella.com/2010/03/edit-eps-files-in-inkscape-on-mac Then exporting to EPS when you're done is problematic:

Re: [Framers] OT: Adobe Tool Question

2016-09-07 Thread Robert Lauriston
Illustrator is for vector graphics, Photoshop is for bitmaps. EPS is a vector format, so you should use Illustrator to edit it. You can sort of edit EPS in Photoshop, but not really. If you really need to edit EPS, I would not mess around with anything but Illustrator. Is that really a hard

Re: [Framers] source versioning

2016-09-06 Thread Robert Lauriston
I've used Subversion and TortoiseSVN with both FrameMaker and Flare. If you're having trouble with FrameMaker, it's probably because SVN is trying to treat the binary .fm and .book files as text. I sometimes had problems with TortoiseSVN that I had to fix with the svn command line. Normally what

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

2016-08-31 Thread Robert Lauriston
I had that happen to me on Windows, maybe more than once. I think I had to reinstall both Acrobat and FrameMaker. Maybe I had to uninstall both first. I'm not sure since I had to reinstall so many times to recover from various bugs. On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 12:31 PM, Steve Rickaby

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

2016-08-31 Thread Robert Lauriston
Did you check the selected printer is Adobe PDF (or a real PostScript printer) rather than some other printer? On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 12:07 PM, Tammy Van Boening < tamm...@spectrumwritingllc.com> wrote: > HI All, > > I have a series of 4 manuals for a longtime client, with each series having >

Re: [Framers] HTML5 issue

2016-08-30 Thread Robert Lauriston
If it's the same as the usual RoboHelp architecture, the file you want to open is .htm in the parent directory. That will give you the full help system. The //.htm files should not be opened directly. On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 11:45 AM, Judd, Chris wrote: > Hello, > > I have a

Re: [Framers] Can't remove lines apparently covered by table

2016-08-29 Thread Robert Lauriston
Or maybe the lines are behind the table, so you could select the table and use Arrange > Send to Back. On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 5:23 PM, Robert Lauriston <rob...@lauriston.com> wrote: > You could try zooming in to 400%. > > On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 5:08 PM, Karen Robbins <

Re: [Framers] Can't remove lines apparently covered by table

2016-08-29 Thread Robert Lauriston
You could try zooming in to 400%. On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 5:08 PM, Karen Robbins wrote: > Framers are the best! Yes, they probably were graphic lines drawn at one > time or another. Yes, setting cell fill to 100% white hides them. Thanks! > > Is that normal? Why can't the

Re: [Framers] Can't remove lines apparently covered by table

2016-08-29 Thread Robert Lauriston
Save as MIF and see what's strange about those lines. On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 2:01 PM, Karen Robbins wrote: > Hi framers, > > In a detailed table some lines are visible in two rows (of 20+) that don't > seem to be column, row, or cell border lines. No rule above or below

Re: [Framers] Can Frame 15 be used so I can eliminate ePublisher?

2016-08-28 Thread Robert Lauriston
The keyboard shortcuts and window arrangement I'd been using for years stopped working in FrameMaker 9. There has been no major change to the UI since then. I had some huge tables in FrameMaker 6 and 7. In that era it was one of the most stable applications I've ever used. The current release is

Re: [Framers] Can Frame 15 be used so I can eliminate ePublisher?

2016-08-26 Thread Robert Lauriston
Those features all exist in FrameMaker 2015 (version 13). You can get a 30-day trial and see for yourself whether it works well enough. Have you used FrameMaker 9 or later? They put a weird UI layer on top that's in many ways inferior to versions 8 and earlier. If you make heavy use of keyboard

Re: [Framers] Adobe Webinars Impossible

2016-08-24 Thread Robert Lauriston
Adobe's UX in general has gotten remarkably awful. My work Creative Cloud account somehow got associated with my personal Adobe ID and I got in a loop like that. ___ This message is from the Framers mailing list Send messages to

Re: [Framers] SVG exported from Adobe Illustrator is all black when imported into Frame

2016-08-24 Thread Robert Lauriston
What do the black SVGs look like if you save as PDF from FrameMaker? On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 8:01 AM, Yves Barbion wrote: >1. Create a line-art drawing in Illustrator and save it as Illustrator >EPS. >3. Export the EPS file as SVG. > > when I import them into

Re: [Framers] Weird Framemaker 10 behavior

2016-08-22 Thread Robert Lauriston
Those problems started with the weird UI layer Adobe added in FM9. Previous releases, I could "drive" the app from the keyboard, rarely or never using the mouse. From FM9 on, I found that impossible. It was also impossible to save the dialogs / pods in the positions and sizes that were most useful

Re: [Framers] Weird Framemaker 10 behavior

2016-08-22 Thread Robert Lauriston
I saw similar behavior with various pods in FM9 and FM10. Haven't used more recent versions to know whether Adobe ever got around to fixing it. On Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 10:45 AM, Tammy Van Boening wrote: > FM 10, Win7, 64-bit: all patched and current > > I have

Re: [Framers] Thumb Tabs

2016-08-11 Thread Robert Lauriston
dentical, master page ancillary content can most certainly vary by chapter. > You are not limited to using a single master page set for an entire book. > > -Dan > > -Original Message- > From: Framers > [mailto:framers-bounces+dharding=illinois@lists.frameusers.com

Re: [Framers] structured content - not always called for

2016-08-11 Thread Robert Lauriston
You should post the link to that presentation on techwr-l as well. ___ This message is from the Framers mailing list Send messages to framers@lists.frameusers.com Visit the list's homepage at http://www.frameusers.com Archives located at

Re: [Framers] Thumb Tabs

2016-08-10 Thread Robert Lauriston
That seems wrong to me. Master pages should not vary from chapter to chapter. On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 9:48 AM, Harding, Dan wrote: > Maybe I'm too "old school" but I've been using side tabs for years, but a > simple manual implementation rather than anything automated. >

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