Re: [Framers] Character codes

2020-09-24 Thread David Artman

Copy and paste the character into this site's search:https://unicodelookup.com/ 
It should return every encoding. And no app to install (not all users are 
admins on their workstations). HTH, DavidDCA:d.a.d
 Original message From: Doug  Date: 
9/24/20  10:52  (GMT-05:00) To: i...@heiko-haida.de Cc: "An email list for 
people using Adobe FrameMaker software."  
Subject: Re: [Framers] Character codes The link provided by TIno works pretty 
well for my purposes.Thanks Tino!--DougOn Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 10:44 AM Tino H. 
Haida  wrote:> Hi Doug,>> you would use the Code converter 
by Richard Ishida to find out exactly> what characters are given.>> --> 
https://r12a.github.io/app-conversion/>>> This tool is invaluable for my daily 
work...>> Best -- Tino H. Haida, Berlin Am 2020-09-24 14:54, schrieb 
Doug:>> Is there a way to select a character in Frame and have it tell you 
what> computer code it represents?  Some special characters have multiple 
codes> that will display them.>> Thanks!>> Doug> 
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Re: [Framers] [EXTERNAL] Inserting checkmark in a table cell (FM12)

2020-07-22 Thread David Artman

FWIW, you can insert any unicode character with keyboard as well. 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/insert-ascii-or-unicode-latin-based-symbols-and-characters-d13f58d3-7bcb-44a7-a4d5-972ee12e50e0#bm1DCA:d.a.d
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 Date: 7/22/20  07:49  (GMT-05:00) To: "An 
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, Lin Sims  Subject: Re: 
[Framers] [EXTERNAL] Inserting checkmark in a table cell (FM12) Neat trick! 
Since I only use the check mark infrequently and probably will forget all of 
this by the time I need it again, I created a new character tag - Check-0080 - 
in Character Designer and added it to the character catalog that I have in all 
of my templates and then imported the character formats from the open file to 
all of my other templates. Click Alt+0080 and, bingo!, there's my checkmark. No 
need to add a text frame. If I need to add text, I simply change to my Default 
Font.Thanks Janet & Shmuel!-Original Message-From: Framers 
 On Behalf 
Of Shmuel WolfsonSent: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 5:59 AMTo: An email list for 
people using Adobe FrameMaker software. ; Lin 
Sims Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [Framers] Inserting checkmark 
in a table cell (FM12)Maybe this is clear to some people, but I thought I might 
clarify this since I just figured it out myself.Alt+ works for Unicode 
fonts as well, but only for the first 255characters of the font. ANSI fonts are 
8-bit fonts, which only have 255 characters. Unicode fonts have a very large 
number of characters, but you can still use Alt+ for the first 255 
characters of the Unicode font. In the Windows Character Map, if you select the 
Advanced view checkbox, it shows whether the font is Unicode or another font 
type. For Unicode fonts, it still shows the Alt keystroke at the bottom-right 
for characters in the 255 range. Strangely enough, the Windows Character Map 
doesn't show *all* the Alt keystrokes within in the 255 range, even though they 
seem to all work.So as Janet said, in the Windings2 font, ALT-0080 gives you a 
checkmark.--Shmuel WolfsonTechnical 
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Re: [Framers] Table column widths in Resp. HTML5

2020-07-08 Thread David Artman
You could be facing an issue with the scaling of the content (images?) and the 
fixed widths. Html will make room, if the image pushes wide. And scaling the 
image to 100% of cell width sometimes is ignored (not sure why). Without 
knowing your exact use case, I would preprocess the images to the width, then 
set fixed cell width while accounting for any padding. [And I would begin 
moving towards a different overall layout, but "unask the question" is rarely 
advice that folks want.] DavidDCA:d.a.d
 Original message From: Lin Sims  Date: 
7/8/20  11:17  (GMT-05:00) To: "An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker 
software."  Subject: Re: [Framers] Table column 
widths in Resp. HTML5 According to the WWW school, column and table widths are 
controlled by theCSS ( 
https://www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_tab_table-layout.asp).I have no idea how 
that would be handled through Frame, although I believeyou can import a CSS 
file to control the output?On Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 9:51 AM Doug 
 wrote:> Is there a way to make tables use fixed column 
widths in responsive HTML5?> I have them set to fixed widths in Frame, but in 
HTML the column widths> become dependent upon the content.> 
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Re: [Framers] Open Excel from FM

2020-06-16 Thread David Artman
Is it too onerous to manually attach the XLSX file to the PDF after generating? 
I'd have to play around and research whether a link can be made in Pro to an 
attachment. That too would be manual, presumably. Another thought: embed the 
XLSX in a frame as an object? Weird need! Good luck, DavidDCA:d.a.d
 Original message From: Orly Zimmerman  
Date: 6/16/20  07:57  (GMT-05:00) To: framers@lists.frameusers.com, 
framers@lists.frameusers.com Subject: [Framers] Open Excel from FM HI All, I 
would like to open an Excel file from a PDF created by FM. I'm trying to use a 
HotSpot graphic box - where I populated the URL destination as: 
//filename.xlsxSo, when I get my PDF, it asks me if it's ok to open the file 
and I "allow" it. But the file doesn't open. The file is in the same folder as 
the PDF file. Any ideas how I can do this? I don't care if it's not via the 
hotspot properties, but I would like the Excel file linked somehow to the PDF. 
If I could embed the Excel file within the FM file - that would be best - 
assuming it would allow opening the Excel via the generated 
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Re: [Framers] [WTF ramemaker] "16-bit" or "16 bit" ????

2019-09-23 Thread David Artman
I find this an interesting grammatical/ topographical challenge. 16, as a sole 
adjective modifying bit(s), seems'isolated', regardless of narrative or 
referential context. "16 bits make a double byte".But it gets muddy in my mind 
when it's a compound "16-bit" adjective. Sure,  "16-bit processor " makes total 
sense to me. But "the processor is 16 bit" makes as much sense, even though 
that is an adjective. I'm ignoring, for this post, referential stat stuff: 
units and measures are adjectives and nouns, in tables or whatnot. No hyphen. I 
look forward to more thoughts! Weird corner caseDavidDCA:d.a.d
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[WTF ramemaker] "16-bit" or "16 bit"  > For example, "the auxiliary data 
bus is 16 bits wide".Or another way: "It features an 16-bit auxiliary data 
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Re: [Framers] Formatting source code snippets

2019-04-10 Thread David Artman
Just to qualify my suggestion: I only would use one P format. Let the code's 
inherent indent standard handle the indents. (Maybe clean a few, or even apply 
my own manually if the page width is an issue.)Good for conversion to DITA; AND 
keeps me out of the tab v spaces war.;-)David[DCA:d.a.d.]
 Original message From: tamm...@spectrumwritingllc.com Date: 
4/10/19  15:38  (GMT-05:00) To: "'An email list for people using Adobe 
FrameMaker software.'"  Subject: Re: [Framers] 
Formatting source code snippets Ditto to what everyone has said about tab 
stops. I have a client set that uses code heavily and I have created paragraph 
tags called CodeNoIndent, CodeIndentLev1, CodeIndentLev2, etc. that reflect the 
level of indentation and have tab stops set accordingly, and then I use a 
Monospace Font.HTH,TVBTammy Van BoeningTammy dot vanboening at 
spectrumwritingllc dot comwww.spectrumwritingllc.com-Original 
Message-From: Framers 
 On Behalf 
Of David ArtmanSent: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 6:47 AMTo: An email list for people 
using Adobe FrameMaker software. Subject: Re: 
[Framers] Formatting source code snippetsTabs is the way to go, imo, because 
the code you'll be copying and pasting is either tab indented or space 
indented, and so it's preserved.As for typeface, I recommend choosing one that 
clearly distinguishes 1, l, O, 0, and other potentially ambiguous glyphs. For 
instance, I won't use a typeface for code (or user input) that does not have a 
slash or dot in the zero and serifs on lowercase 
L.HTH,David[DCA:d.a.d.] Original message From: Reng Winfried 
 Date: 4/9/19  02:39  (GMT-05:00) To: "An email 
list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software." 
 Subject: Re: [Framers] Formatting source code 
snippets Hi Peter,When I have to document our API like software, I have several 
tab stops set in the paragraph designer.Then I just enter as many tabs in the 
text to have the wanted indentation. This way I can more easily copy and paste 
code samples.Yes, and I also have a monospaced font (Courier, but e.g. 
Microsoft Consolas is equally good).That's just my approach. Others might have 
better procedures.Best regardsWinfried-Original Message-From: Framers 
 On Behalf 
Of Peter KellySent: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 4:02 AMTo: 
framers@lists.frameusers.comSubject: [Framers] Formatting source code 
snippetsHi everyone,I have seen variations of this topic in the archives  
dating from 2007. I was wondering what strategies FrameMaker 2019 users employ 
to reproduce code snippets in API reference guides and the like. I used to 
format each indentation with a different style and also used to just copy and 
paste into a monotype style to preserve the formatting without having to 
re-create it in Frame. Any suggestions or better work methods are much 
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Re: [Framers] Formatting source code snippets

2019-04-09 Thread David Artman
Tabs is the way to go, imo, because the code you'll be copying and pasting is 
either tab indented or space indented, and so it's preserved.As for typeface, I 
recommend choosing one that clearly distinguishes 1, l, O, 0, and other 
potentially ambiguous glyphs. For instance, I won't use a typeface for code (or 
user input) that does not have a slash or dot in the zero and serifs on 
lowercase L.HTH,David[DCA:d.a.d.]
 Original message From: Reng Winfried 
 Date: 4/9/19  02:39  (GMT-05:00) To: "An email 
list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software." 
 Subject: Re: [Framers] Formatting source code 
snippets Hi Peter,When I have to document our API like software, I have several 
tab stops set in the paragraph designer.Then I just enter as many tabs in the 
text to have the wanted indentation. This way I can more easily copy and paste 
code samples.Yes, and I also have a monospaced font (Courier, but e.g. 
Microsoft Consolas is equally good).That's just my approach. Others might have 
better procedures.Best regardsWinfried-Original Message-From: Framers 
 On Behalf 
Of Peter KellySent: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 4:02 AMTo: 
framers@lists.frameusers.comSubject: [Framers] Formatting source code 
snippetsHi everyone,I have seen variations of this topic in the archives dating 
from 2007. I was wondering what strategies FrameMaker 2019 users employ to 
reproduce code snippets in API reference guides and the like. I used to format 
each indentation with a different style and also used to just copy and paste 
into a monotype style to preserve the formatting without having to re-create it 
in Frame. Any suggestions or better work methods are much 
appreciated.Best,Peter___This 
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Re: [Framers] Multi-font paragraph autonumbering?

2019-03-18 Thread David Artman
Run-in heading with the symbol, then next heading with the text and auto 
numbering and punctuation and tab. Select the symbol heading, press Enter 
without typing anything. If symbol heading has numbering heading as Next Pgf, 
it will all work automatically.
David

On March 18, 2019 10:02:26 AM EDT, "Harding, Dan"  wrote:
>Good morning,
>
>My searches came up zilch for this. I want to set up paragraph
>autonumbering  that includes a symbol, let's say in Zapf Dingbats, and
>then a string of text in the default paragraph font. I can't figure out
>how to do this, as the autonumbering settings only allow a single font
>style for the entire autonumber sequence. There's no ability to change
>fonts within the autonumbering.
>
>Example:
>
> PLANNING TIP #:\t
>
>Then run-in to paragraph text. I want all of the above to be part of
>the autonumbering. I tried putting  into the
>autonumber sequence, but it doesn't like that and prints the chars
>verbatim including the <>.
>
>How can I accomplish this?
>
>Thanks in advance,
>
>-Dan
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Re: [Framers] Is is possible to change how Frame increments numbering?

2018-12-28 Thread David Artman
   I would probably edit SnagIt's numbering instead. I'd rather 'override'
   the graphic than my template.
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Re: [Framers] File storage best practice

2018-11-29 Thread David Artman
   All in one folder, period. Modern OSs have great search, sort, and
   filter controls in their file managers; and it makes packaging for
   version archiving simple.
   My 2¢
   David
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Re: [Framers] Graphics quality

2018-09-28 Thread David Artman
   All the recent image-related posts lead me to write up this:

   [1]http://davidartman.com/design/best-practices-for-graphics-in-modern-
   publishing-pipelines

   HTH;

   David

References

   1. 
http://davidartman.com/design/best-practices-for-graphics-in-modern-publishing-pipelines
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Re: [Framers] File Info Oddity

2018-09-10 Thread David Artman
   Yep, I bet there's a comma or some other non-alphanumeric character(s)
   in the company name string.

   We just lived with it. Do you *do* anything with the Author property of
   the PDF? For example, are you programmatically extracting it to use as
   metadata in a portal and, as such, the quotes cause issues? If not,
   what's the real issue with them?

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] File Info Oddity
   From: Tom Bain <[1]tom.b...@icloud.com>
   Date: Fri, September 07, 2018 3:58 pm
   To: "'An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software.'"
   <[2]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   When I had a comma in my Author field, double quotes were added. When I
   removed the comma, the quotes went away.
   Tom Bain | Vice Chairman, Technology
   BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
   Order of the Arrow
   -Original Message-
   From: Framers On
   Behalf Of Lin Sims
   Sent: Friday, September 7, 2018 21:54
   To: Frame Users
   Subject: [Framers] File Info Oddity
   The File Info for the book file has the company name in the Author
   field.
   When the PDF generates, the company name is shown in the PDF
   Properties, but
   it has quote marks around it. The quote marks are not present in the
   File
   Info for the book. If I take the quote marks out of the Author field in
   the
   PDF properties, they reappear after saving the file.
   I don't think I've ever seen this happen before, and I was wondering if
   it
   is something in my setup or just a Friday weirdness, or if Adobe just
   doesn't like having punctuation in the Author field.
   Windows 7 Pro, all updates (as far as I know) Framemaker 2017, fully
   updated
   Acrobat Acrobat Pro DC, 2015, fully updated
   As an aside, is there any way to set up the following PDF properties in
   Frame or the Distiller job options so I don't have to remember to check
   them
   all the time?
   Navigation tab: Bookmarks Panel and Page Page layout: Single Page Open
   to
   page: 1 Resize Window to initial page (selected by default)
   Show: Document Title
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Re: [Framers] Order of Reference Pages

2018-08-06 Thread David Artman
   Perhaps make a list of hyperlinks on the first reference page, in its
   own text box?

    Original Message 
   Subject: [Framers] Order of Reference Pages
   From: Doug <[1]dbailey4...@gmail.com>
   Date: Mon, August 06, 2018 10:22 am
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   Is there a way to jump directly to the page?

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Re: [Framers] SVG graphic with photograph not importing

2018-07-24 Thread David Artman
   In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with saving a raster graphic
   (photo, screen shot) with vector-art (callout lines, boxes, text) as an
   SVG file (or PDF, or EPS). In fact, it is probably the *best practice*
   both for localization (translate the text in the SVG) and for
   searchability (the text is still text in the final output, not
   rasterized bitmap like it would be if you saved to PNG before
   typesetting it). If you flatten it to a bitmap format like PNG, the
   text and callout lines and boxes become bitmaps as well, and as such
   are going to show graininess at zoom and not be searchable.

   Of course, we could argue about the relative merits of putting text
   into an image rather than using letters or numbers and then defining
   the letters or numbers in (say) a table below the image in FM. Many
   choose the latter approach to simplify localization--you need only send
   the FM files for translation, not hundreds of SVG files as well. But if
   you're fine with natural-language text in your graphics and the
   commensurate cost of translating graphic-by-graphic, then SVG is
   basically ideal, for the reasons I gave above.

   As for JPG versus PNG, there's no reason to save as JPG unless you
   *intentionally* want to save a lossy image at a very small size. PNG
   applies lossless compression--and so you get some file-size
   savings--but it doesn't generate the wretched artifacts that
   low-percentage JPGs generate.

   I would concur with whomever said that there's no point in putting
   *only* a raster graphic into an SVG and saving it as SVG. Just adding a
   step. No one should lose sleep over the fact that images without
   callouts are PNG and those with callouts are SVG... in fact, that would
   simplify sorting out which needed to be zipped up for the translators
   versus which can be left alone!

   My 2¢;

   David
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Re: [Framers] Transfer from FrameMaker into Word

2018-06-06 Thread David Artman
   This might seem like a naive question, but why not write up a User
   Guide for using your templates and modifying existing documents? Let
   them stay in FrameMaker, especially if they don't anticipate restyling
   (and when they do, they can call and you can knock it out).

   There's nothing particularly, uniquely difficult about FM from an
   authoring perspective. In fact, if you make a custom toolbar (and
   comment out the overrides toolbar and other cruft) then it can be WAY
   easier for authors to use FM than give them all the rope in Word with
   which to hang themselves.

   I'd even go so far as to ensure that your template(s) 'self-document':
   They use every style, and in using them, explain how/when/why you pick
   a particular style from a catalog. That's also where you have your
   table of variables, for easy updating and reapplying (and instructions
   for same).

   Now, perhaps the client does not want to pay you for such SOPs and some
   training time. But I would argue that they are throwing bad money after
   good, to 'strip down' from the power of FM into the mud of Word.

   Of course, if "no one else at the company [has] FrameMaker" then you
   gotta to do what you gotta to do. Refer to all the other responses with
   their robust conversion processes! But even then, I'd STILL write up
   SOPs for using the Word template(s) properly, ESPECIALLY if you find
   that you need to do a lot of section manipulation to mimic FM's
   normally-book-level formatting (chapter-by numbering, variable first
   and recto/verso H/Fs, running H/Fs, etc).

   And expect a phone call in, oh, three months. ;-)

   HTH;

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: [Framers] Transfer from FrameMaker into Word
   From: Janie Cole <[1]janiewoodc...@gmail.com>
   Date: Wed, April 25, 2018 9:30 am
   To: [2]framers@lists.frameusers.com
   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.
   All the docs are saved as PDF for general use. I'm thinking converting
   the
   PDF to Word might be the best route.
   Any thoughts or alternate suggestions?
   Thanks,
   Janie Cole
   Technical Writer
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Re: [Framers] Putting Text in a gray box? - Can it be a para tag?

2018-06-05 Thread David Artman
   Looks like you have a lot of options already. My suggestions, in order
   of ease of typesetting:

   0. Be sure to setup 3 paragraph formats: "C1 - Code First", "CB - Code
   Body", and "CL - Code Last". [That's my general approach to format
   naming: keep the accelerator keys efficient: no more than four
   keystrokes.] They should be set to no language (ignore for
   translation).

   A) Rely on frame above and below and whitespace.

   1. Make two Reference Page images, taking into account your page
   margins, left and right indentation on your code paragraph formats, and
   'inherent' whitespace you want between each image and the code (extra
   white at bottom of Frame Above and at top of Frame Below). You can even
   use the image to suggest a screen, with rounded 'corners' instead of
   just a line or what-not.

   2. Set C1 to Frame Above Pgf, Space Before 0" (or a value greater than
   the reference image height, if you want to offset more than the image's
   whitespace). Set its Next Pgf to CB.

   3. CB is pretty normal. Just get line spacing and space before/after
   right for consistency with C1 and CL. Next Pgf=CB.

   4. Set CL to Frame Below Pgf and the inverse of C1's Space Before as
   CL's Space After.

   You should then be able to typeset a code block with F9... C1,
   paste/type, Enter, paste/type [now in CB]... etc... etc... [last line]
   F9... CL, final line paste/type. Alternately, paste a whole block and
   change first and last line's pgf format.

   PRO: Super fast. Flows normally between breaks (column or page).

   CON: Not identical to what you wanted.

   B) Table style for fill and border and cell padding; single "Code"
   paragraph format.

   PRO: Identical to your stated goal, all driven by the table format
   (that is, no tweaks to paragraph format table cell padding or
   anything). Single paragraph format for Code. Table positioning can be
   creative (e.g., in a side column.

   CON: Tedious to typeset. Cannot break across pages (unless you go with
   the SUPER-tedious-to-typeset method where each code line has its own
   row!).

   C) Place an anchored text frame and put code into it (as text inset?
   Can a text inset go into a text box frame? It's been a while since I
   messed with fancy frame tricks).

   PRO: You can do just about anything to position, float, resize,
   runaround, etc the text box frame.

   NEUTRAL: Not in main flow. Maybe OK (translation avoidance?); maybe a
   nightmare (can reflow strangely).

   CON: Probably more tedious than table cell(s) method(s), unless you can
   control the border and background shading with an object format (again,
   it's been so long I haven't SEEN object formats in use, yet!).

   My choice would, obviously, be A for the speed and for the flexibility
   WRT Frame Above/Below Pgf, three-format fine tuning of pre- and
   post-code spacing, and cleanliness in terms of flow/cursor movement by
   keyboard.

   HTH;

   David

    Original Message 

   Subject: [Framers] Putting Text in a gray box? - Can it be a para tag?
   From: Caroline Tabach <[1]caroline.tab...@gmail.com>
   Date: Thu, May 10, 2018 2:25 am
   To: "An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software."
   <[2]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   Hi,
   I am going to import a set of Word files to Frame.
   I am working on setting up a template in Frame which contains styles
   that
   look like the styles in Word (where this is feasible)
   The Word template put program code in a little grey box.
   i.e the text is courier etc. with a border around it, and pale grey
   fill.
   Can such a paragraph tag be made in FrameMaker? If so, how?
   I do not mind spending time setting this up, but after this I would
   want to
   use it easily using keyboard shortcuts (F9 etc)
   Thanks
   --
   Caroline Tabach
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Re: [Framers] New paragraph tag revert back in TOC when book is updated

2018-04-19 Thread David Artman
   I suggest you forget about the Heading 2 Special and do it The Right
   Way��.

   Heading 1:

   .< =0>< =0>< =0>< =0>\t

   Heading 2:

   ..< =0>< =0>< =0>\t

   [You are unclear--between you code examples and your rendering
   examples--whether or not you want a period after every numbering
   structure, so I'll assume that you do.]

   Heading 3:

   ...< =0>< =0>\t

   Heading 4:

   ....< =0>\t
   Heading 5:
   .\t
   Notice that the < =0> reset to zero without displaying the building
   block value. Viz:
   [1]https://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/2015/using/index.html#t=usin
   g-framemaker-2015%2Ffrm_page_layout_pl%2FLists_and_autonumbering-.htm
   This method relies on resetting paragraph number each chapter in your
   book (to make first building block = 0); but it does not require
   multiple styles for each heading to reset other numbering structure
   parts to 0.
   IMO, the only reason one should use multiple styles for the same
   'thing' is if you want different padding or coloration or something.
   And I only use "First" styles (common in step numbering) to change
   Space Before Pgf compared to normal step styles [FWIW].
   Finally, unless you  have a style rule (.gov means probably so!), I'd
   alternate , , , and ... and maybe even get into  if you
   find yourself diving down to H5 and lower. A string of period-separated
   numbers can become eye-melting with the wrong typeface and the right
   numbers (all 1s; 3s, 8s, and 9s; and so forth).

   HTH;

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: [Framers] New paragraph tag revert back in TOC when book is
   updated
   From: "Harrington, Matthew (Contractor)"
   <[2]matt.harrington.contrac...@usap.gov>
   Date: Fri, April 06, 2018 5:44 pm
   To: "[3]framers@lists.frameusers.com" <[4]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   Hi Framers,
   I've been wrestling with a couple of elusive issues in Frame 12 when
   trying to add a new paragraph tag in my chapters and getting it to show
   up in my TOC. I was hoping one or more of you might be able to put me
   on the right path, please. I'm having some difficulty articulating the
   issues as I write this, so I'll just start with "Issue #1" for now.
   Issue #1
   In my FM book chapters I have been trying to create a one-off of the
   Heading 2 paragraph tag (let's call it "Heading 2 Special") where the
   numbering syntax is set to 

Re: [Framers] Hyphens when going from FM to Acrobat

2018-02-26 Thread David Artman
   Err: [1]unicodelookup.com, NOT [2]unicode.org.

    Original Message 
   From: "David Artman" <[3]da...@davidartman.com>
   Date: Mon, February 26, 2018 3:42 pm
   Try copying the hyphen from the PDF and pasting it into the Search
   field at [4]unicode.org. I bet they are soft hyphens, which often are
   not renderable.

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   4. http://unicode.org/
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Re: [Framers] Hyphens when going from FM to Acrobat

2018-02-26 Thread David Artman
   Any chance you are getting some kind of 'smart' replacement for typed
   text that uses a special character?

   Try copying the hyphen from the PDF and pasting it into the Search
   field at [1]unicode.org. I bet they are soft hyphens, which often are
   not renderable.

   Thing is, they are also tricky to type: Alt+[numpad]0173; like this: .
   See? No character, but there's actually *2* glyphs after the colon and
   before the period: a space and a soft hyphen typed with NumPad. Reply
   and arrow-key along the line and you should see a 'non-movement' of
   your cursor as it 'moves past' the soft hyphen.

   As for a fix, I'd look at settings or variable definitions (even
   keyboard driver settings!).

   Are you on a Mac? OSX might be 'helping'. :-/

   HTH;

   David

    Original Message 
   From: Lynn Gold <[2]lg...@lenovo.com>
   Date: Fri, February 23, 2018 5:15 pm
   My company is using FrameMaker 10 and Acrobat Distiller Professional
   10.1.1613. When there are hyphens in a string, they appear in the
   generated text, but if you go to search on them or copy the hyphenated
   strings, the hyphens are not recognized as being there. For example, if
   I search for "rest-client" I get nothing, but the "rest-client" string
   shows up if I search for "restclient". Similarly, if I copy the phrase
   "rest-client" from the PDF and paste it into an editor, the output is
   "restclient".

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

2017-12-12 Thread David Artman
   1. Map all formats. ;-)

   2. Leverage the ability to search for the created formats to apply
   appropriate styles; then delete the now-unused, spurious styles with
   your plugin of choice or by hand.

   Disabling that feature would lead to what? The unmapped styles all
   getting Default Para Text...? I wouldn't want that because at least an
   ad-hoc, spurious style displays something that might tell you how to
   apply a proper style.

   [Side note: Isn't there a mapping row for "unmapped" or "all others" in
   the Ref Pages? Or am I conflating FM with another tool stack?]

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: [Framers] Style mapping: Word to FrameMaker 2017
   From: Pat Christenson <[1]pat.christen...@morningstar.com>
   Date: Mon, December 11, 2017 11:50 am
   To: "[2]fram...@frameusers.com" <[3]fram...@frameusers.com>
   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?
   Thanks.
   Pat Christenson
   Senior Technical Writer, Client Education
   Morningstar, Inc.
   [4]pat.christen...@morningstar.com<[5]mailto:pat.christenson@morningsta
   r.com>

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Re: [Framers] [WTF ramemaker] RE: Anyone know of a way to include a non-breaking hyphen/dash in a variable definition?

2017-10-11 Thread David Artman
   Yay! I found that in an old forum post about FM 6.5. :)

   Here's a good resource, in general:

   [1]http://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/2015/using/index.html#t=using
   -framemaker-2015%2Ffrm_references_re%2Ffrm_character_sets_cs%2FWindows_
   character_sets-.htm

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] [WTF ramemaker] RE: Anyone know of a way to
   include a non-breaking hyphen/dash in a variable definition?
   From: Art Campbell <[2]art.campb...@gmail.com>
   Date: Tue, October 10, 2017 4:18 pm
   To: "An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software."
   <[3]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   Cc: Framers List <[4]writers--techies-on-framema...@googlegroups.com>
   \x15 is working!
   Didn't try the other possible solutions yet.
   Art Campbell
   [5]art.campb...@gmail.com
   "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 Vincent
   and
   a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson
   No disclaimers apply.
   DoD 358
   On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 2:36 PM, David Artman
   <[6]da...@davidartman.com> wrote:
   > How about:
   > \x15
   > ...or:
   > \x2011
   > ...?
   > \x15 is a VERY old way to do it, but perhaps not hamstrung yet? The
   \x2011
   > is me guessing at a way the modern Unicode hex value could be
   inserted for
   > interpretation by FM.
   > Alternately, type one or insert one using the symbols palette, copy
   it,
   > and see if it pastes into the definition?
   >
   > There's GOT to be a way... similarly, thinspace is often a critical
   one,
   > for volatile (or scoped/personalized) measurements and their units of
   > measure.
   >
   > HTH;
   > David
   >
   > - Original Message - Subject: Re: [Framers] [WTF
   > ramemaker] RE: Anyone know of a way to include a non-breaking
   hyphen/dash
   > in a variable definition?
   > From: "Art Campbell" <[7]art.campb...@gmail.com>
   > Date: 10/10/17 2:23 pm
   > To: "Rick Quatro" <[8]r...@rickquatro.com>
   > Cc: "Framers List"
   <[9]writers--techies-on-framema...@googlegroups.com>, "An
   > email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software." <
   > [10]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   >
   > Nope, that's not it...
   >
   >
   > Art Campbell
   > ...
   >
   > On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Rick Quatro
   <[11]r...@rickquatro.com>
   > wrote:
   >
   > > Hi Art,
   > >
   > > Try \+ in the dialog box.
   > >
   > > Rick
   > >
   > > Rick Quatro
   > ...
   > > -Original Message-
   > > Subject: [Framers] Anyone know of a way to include a non-breaking
   > > hyphen/dash in a variable definition?
   > >
   > > On FM '17
   > ...

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Re: [Framers] [WTF ramemaker] RE: Anyone know of a way to include a non-breaking hyphen/dash in a variable definition?

2017-10-10 Thread David Artman
How about:
 \x15
...or:
 \x2011
...?
\x15 is a VERY old way to do it, but perhaps not hamstrung yet? The \x2011 is 
me guessing at a way the modern Unicode hex value could be inserted for 
interpretation by FM.
Alternately, type one or insert one using the symbols palette, copy it, and see 
if it pastes into the definition?
 
There's GOT to be a way... similarly, thinspace is often a critical one, for 
volatile (or scoped/personalized) measurements and their units of measure.
 
HTH;
David
 
- Original Message - Subject: Re: [Framers] [WTF ramemaker] RE: 
Anyone know of a way to include a non-breaking hyphen/dash in a variable 
definition?
From: "Art Campbell" 
Date: 10/10/17 2:23 pm
To: "Rick Quatro" 
Cc: "Framers List" , "An email 
list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software." 

Nope, that's not it...
 
 
 Art Campbell
...
 
 On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Rick Quatro  wrote:
 
 > Hi Art,
 >
 > Try \+ in the dialog box.
 >
 > Rick
 >
 > Rick Quatro
...
> -Original Message-
> Subject: [Framers] Anyone know of a way to include a non-breaking
 > hyphen/dash in a variable definition?
 >
 > On FM '17
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Re: [Framers] Keystroke for editing variables?

2017-08-28 Thread David Artman
One trick I've used (in Olden Days) is to make a "Variables Management" FM 
'template file' that has all of my variables defined and shown on a table in 
the first body page. (Nothing else about the template matters.)
 
Then, IIRC, one can use keyboard combos (Esc s v; then Alt+E, maybe?) that let 
you changes its definition when you have it highlighted. Worth trying, I 
reckon. Worst case scenario, you're double-clicking in body pages rather than 
multiply clicking in a pod, and you've got a one-stop shop for checking 
variable definitions at a glance (and/or for having multiple variable sets that 
you can apply to a reusable document set: make more than one Variable 
Management template file).
 
HTH;
David
 
- Original Message - Subject: [Framers] Keystroke for editing 
variables?
From: "Mary Sheahan" 
Date: 8/28/17 1:18 pm
To: "framers@lists.frameusers.com" 

I've just come back to FM after a long time working in InDesign, and beyond 
that it's my first experience in FM17.  There are LOTS of variables in this 
document, and my wrists would love less mouse-work.
 I know the keystrokes to bring up the variables pod. Once that's up, is there 
a keystroke combo for editing the selected custom variable?  At the moment, I'm 
either using the mouse or tabbing through the pod's icons.  
 As far as I can find, the FM17 help file instructions for editing user 
variables only references the mouse interface.  And its keyboard shortcuts 
chart gives a shortcut for inserting a variable but not for editing one.  
 
 Thanks all,
 MaryHS
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Re: [Framers] Size of imported SVG files

2017-08-28 Thread David Artman
Unfortunately, my only guess is that you are importing images with the same 
file name (and even same file size, as resizing SVG is sort of meaningless 
unless it contains raster-art elements) from different folder (relative paths). 
For example, you have "Small" and "Large" folders in your images folder/source 
folder. In that case, I would 'accuse' FrameMaker of treating them like the 
same graphic and then using its scaling attributes 'behind the scenes'. But I 
wouldn't expect it to 50% the LARGE one, rather the SMALL one!?!
 
As an aside that could help you workaround this issue: If you do not have 
raster-art elements in your SVGs, why even make two sizes? Rescale as necessary 
during typesetting and layout, save yourself time in Inkscape, and focus on 
choosing a good balance of quality versus size for rasterized version of the 
art (if, for example, you suddenly need to deliver ePubs and cannot yet rely on 
EPUB 3.0 SVG support in every possible reader).
 
But perhaps I am missing some nuance of SVG handling in DITA-aware 
FrameMaker...?
 
- Original Message - Subject: [Framers] Size of imported SVG 
files
From: "Yves Barbion" 
Date: 8/22/17 10:55 am
To: framers@lists.frameusers.com

Hi group
 
 I've got 2 SVG images which have the following size in Inkscape:
 
 Image 1, the "large image:
 width: 448 mm
 height: 316 mm
 
 Image 2, the same large image which I scaled in Insckape to the following
 size:
 width: 166
 height: 153
 
 When I put this image in a DITA topic and generate a FrameMaker file from
 my ditamap (using DITA-FMx), I see that the size of the images becomes as
 follows:
 
 Image 1 (large size):
 width: 280 mm
 height: 198 mm
 dpi: 72
 *scaling: 50%*
 
 Image 2:
 width: 207.496 mm
 height: 191.763 mm
 dpi: 72
 scaling: 100%
 
 In DITA, I haven't used any scaling attributes (@scale, @scalefit,
 @outputclass...).
 
 When I *import *these graphics into a new FrameMaker file, the size is as
 follows
 
 Image 1 (large size):
 width: 560.0mm
 height: 396,001 mm
 dpi: 72
 *scaling: 100%*
 
 Image 2:
 width: 207,496 mm
 height: 191,763 mm
 dpi: 72
 scaling: 100%
 
 When I import the graphics at 90 dpi, they have approximately the same size
 as their original size in Inkscape.
 
 Does anyone have any idea why the large image is scaled 50% in the
 FrameMaker file generated from the DITA topic?
 
 Also, I see that, DIP is greyed out in the Object Properties dialog, so
 there seems to be no way to change the DPI setting afterwards (using a
 script, for example)?
 
 I'm using FrameMaker 2017 with DITA-FMx 2.0.
 
 Thanks
 
 Yves
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Re: [Framers] Embedding attachments in FM that remain attachments when PDF'd

2017-08-04 Thread David Artman
   In my testing (Reader DC) I found the Previous and Next View to only
   toggle between page-view settings (e.g., page width, full page,
   continuous). I was about to suggest using them but thought, "Hmmm,
   better verify" and--for me at least--it was a big nope. Alt+Left was
   the only way to go back to the source PDF when it opened the target,
   attached PDF into the same tab.

   (I recall a similar usability problem with mobile PDF readers: When we
   wanted one document--a checklist--to open to the more-detailed steps,
   the opened document had to have an explicit link back in its text to
   return to the checklist.)

   I'm still hoping that the hotspot creation will work for the OP!

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] Embedding attachments in FM that remain
   attachments when PDF'd
   From: "Reng, Dr. Winfried" <[1]wr...@tycoint.com>
   Date: Fri, August 04, 2017 2:24 am
   To: An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software.
   <[2]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   Hi,
   Only a comment to the Previous/Next View buttons.
   Acrobat does have them.
   To show them click View | Show/Hide | Toolbar Items |
   Show Page Navigation Tools. Then click Previous View and
   Next View.
   However, I agree that almost no-one will know these buttons.
   None of my colleagues has changed the configuration to Show.
   Best regards
   Winfried
   -Original Message-
   From: Framers
   [[3]mailto:framers-bounces+wreng=tycoint@lists.frameusers.com] On
   Behalf Of David Artman
   Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2017 6:32 PM
   To: An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software.
   Subject: Re: [Framers] Embedding attachments in FM that remain
   attachments when PDF'd
   I forgot to mention that there's a pretty rough usability issue with
   hotspot linking to an embedded PDF: Unless you define it so that it
   opens in a new tab or Acrobat/Reader window (if a PDF) then the only
   way a user can navigate 'back' is with Alt+Left Arrow. I cannot find
   any way to add a "Back" and "Forward" button to the toolbar (and end
   users likely wouldn't either, if such toolbar buttons are not visible
   by default!).
   Oh, and the Alt+Left Arrow only works in Acrobat, not Reader. (Seems
   Reader will open in a new tab, so not so bad...)
   Of course, any attachments that open in other applications will
   generate new windows, between which a user could easily navigate.
   HTH;
   David
   ---- Original Message 
   From: "David Artman" <[1][4]da...@davidartman.com>
   Date: Thu, August 03, 2017 12:08 pm
   Perhaps you could make your icons where you want them in FM with the
   intention of *attaching* the (non-FM, non-PDF) files to the PDF
   post-distillation. If you can figure out how a PDF attachment can be
   referenced with a relative path--or, perhaps, as an anchor, like one
   would do to have a URL call for a specific heading in the PDF?--then
   you could have the FM URL 'point' to where the PDF attachments will
   eventually 'live' in the final PDF. (Extra points if you can make the
   FM icons+links Reference Page elements, for consistent reuse and
   file-size efficiency!)
   Sorry I cannot offer exact steps; I offer a map not a guidebook. :^)
   EDIT: OK, it was not hard to find the first steps; refer to "Link to a
   file attachment" on this page:
   [2][5]https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__helpx.adobe.
   com_acrobat_using_links-2Dattachments-2Dpdfs.html=DwICAg=0YGvTs3tT-
   VMy8_v51yLDw=pdk93NJbIWwQmLZh1EZCoC4wFNMwWj1dp-sJbkswCLE=Ww4rLxkKQ4
   mKV5WQblrpC-KYETG63ArxDEvCfFrh3-4=PEVhWLsGIHUSKDam0ytFIW7vhrcOm8pgOFj
   4i4j78BM=
   Screenshot here:
   [3][6]https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__drive.google
   .com_file_d_0BwYIazaIFHy4TXVLVl9HNmJCY0U_view-3Fus=DwICAg=0YGvTs3tT
   -VMy8_v51yLDw=pdk93NJbIWwQmLZh1EZCoC4wFNMwWj1dp-sJbkswCLE=Ww4rLxkKQ
   4mKV5WQblrpC-KYETG63ArxDEvCfFrh3-4=swCPzA6awhQ-awXDeemRMKAIAnE8m1I0gq
   3mNOG7G6E=
   p=sharing
   That takes the perspective of creating the link hotspot in Acrobat; but
   that's just something you'd do once, pre-production, to get the URL for
   use in an FM gotolink marker. As to HOW you'd see the underlying URL
   for the (testing-use) hotspot, I have no idea. There must be some tool
   that 'decompiles' a PDF so you can see the 'raw code' behind a link
   hotspot, surely...? Alternately, if you have a relative few 'icons' in
   the FM to link, you can make one hotspot per icon-PDF attachment
   pairing and copy & paste them into place. Tedious, perhaps... but then
   again, so is making an active PDF Form from FM without PDF TimeSavers!
   ;^)
   Let us know what you resolve!
   David
    Original Message 
   From: John Posada <[4][7]jposad...@gmail.com>
   Date: Wed, August 02, 2017 10:29 am
   ...
   In this case, I didn't want to do a li

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

2017-08-03 Thread David Artman
   I forgot to mention that there's a pretty rough usability issue with
   hotspot linking to an embedded PDF: Unless you define it so that it
   opens in a new tab or Acrobat/Reader window (if a PDF) then the only
   way a user can navigate 'back' is with Alt+Left Arrow. I cannot find
   any way to add a "Back" and "Forward" button to the toolbar (and end
   users likely wouldn't either, if such toolbar buttons are not visible
   by default!).

   Oh, and the Alt+Left Arrow only works in Acrobat, not Reader. (Seems
   Reader will open in a new tab, so not so bad...)

   Of course, any attachments that open in other applications will
   generate new windows, between which a user could easily navigate.

   HTH;

   David

    Original Message ----
   From: "David Artman" <[1]da...@davidartman.com>
   Date: Thu, August 03, 2017 12:08 pm
   Perhaps you could make your icons where you want them in FM with the
   intention of *attaching* the (non-FM, non-PDF) files to the PDF
   post-distillation. If you can figure out how a PDF attachment can be
   referenced with a relative path--or, perhaps, as an anchor, like one
   would do to have a URL call for a specific heading in the PDF?--then
   you could have the FM URL 'point' to where the PDF attachments will
   eventually 'live' in the final PDF. (Extra points if you can make the
   FM icons+links Reference Page elements, for consistent reuse and
   file-size efficiency!)
   Sorry I cannot offer exact steps; I offer a map not a guidebook. :^)
   EDIT: OK, it was not hard to find the first steps; refer to "Link to a
   file attachment" on this page:
   [2]https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/links-attachments-pdfs.html
   Screenshot here:
   [3]https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwYIazaIFHy4TXVLVl9HNmJCY0U/view?us
   p=sharing
   That takes the perspective of creating the link hotspot in Acrobat; but
   that's just something you'd do once, pre-production, to get the URL for
   use in an FM gotolink marker. As to HOW you'd see the underlying URL
   for the (testing-use) hotspot, I have no idea. There must be some tool
   that 'decompiles' a PDF so you can see the 'raw code' behind a link
   hotspot, surely...? Alternately, if you have a relative few 'icons' in
   the FM to link, you can make one hotspot per icon-PDF attachment
   pairing and copy & paste them into place. Tedious, perhaps... but then
   again, so is making an active PDF Form from FM without PDF TimeSavers!
   ;^)
   Let us know what you resolve!
   David

    Original Message 
   From: John Posada <[4]jposad...@gmail.com>
   Date: Wed, August 02, 2017 10:29 am
   ...
   In this case, I didn't want to do a link of any type because where
   these
   types of files are kept is in a secure location and people won't get
   in,
   though these particular files are not restricted access due to
   governance
   approval. I wanted them carried along in and with the PDF to not worry
   about access permissions.

References

   1. mailto:da...@davidartman.com
   2. https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/links-attachments-pdfs.html
   3. 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwYIazaIFHy4TXVLVl9HNmJCY0U/view?usp=sharing
   4. mailto:jposad...@gmail.com
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Re: [Framers] Embedding attachments in FM that remain attachments when PDF'd

2017-08-03 Thread David Artman
   Perhaps you could make your icons where you want them in FM with the
   intention of *attaching* the (non-FM, non-PDF) files to the PDF
   post-distillation. If you can figure out how a PDF attachment can be
   referenced with a relative path--or, perhaps, as an anchor, like one
   would do to have a URL call for a specific heading in the PDF?--then
   you could have the FM URL 'point' to where the PDF attachments will
   eventually 'live' in the final PDF. (Extra points if you can make the
   FM icons+links Reference Page elements, for consistent reuse and
   file-size efficiency!)

   Sorry I cannot offer exact steps; I offer a map not a guidebook. :^)

   EDIT: OK, it was not hard to find the first steps; refer to "Link to a
   file attachment" on this page:

   [1]https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/links-attachments-pdfs.html

   Screenshot here:

   [2]https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwYIazaIFHy4TXVLVl9HNmJCY0U/view?us
   p=sharing

   That takes the perspective of creating the link hotspot in Acrobat; but
   that's just something you'd do once, pre-production, to get the URL for
   use in an FM gotolink marker. As to HOW you'd see the underlying URL
   for the (testing-use) hotspot, I have no idea. There must be some tool
   that 'decompiles' a PDF so you can see the 'raw code' behind a link
   hotspot, surely...? Alternately, if you have a relative few 'icons' in
   the FM to link, you can make one hotspot per icon-PDF attachment
   pairing and copy & paste them into place. Tedious, perhaps... but then
   again, so is making an active PDF Form from FM without PDF TimeSavers!
   ;^)

   Let us know what you resolve!

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] Embedding attachments in FM that remain
   attachments when PDF'd
   From: John Posada <[3]jposad...@gmail.com>
   Date: Wed, August 02, 2017 10:29 am
   To: "An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software."
   <[4]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   Hi, Steve...and everyone.
   I have no issues with the process of placing the attachment somewhere
   (in
   our case, Share Point) and linking to it with a URL...I do hundreds of
   these to files on SP and my issue isn't wanting to click an icon rather
   than a link.
   In this case, I didn't want to do a link of any type because where
   these
   types of files are kept is in a secure location and people won't get
   in,
   though these particular files are not restricted access due to
   governance
   approval. I wanted them carried along in and with the PDF to not worry
   about access permissions.
   On Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 9:33 AM, Steve Rickaby <
   [5]srick...@wordmongers.demon.co.uk> wrote:
   > 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
   emulate a
   > web page in FrameMaker. From memory, using anchored frames I overlaid
   the
   > icon graphic with a transparent area of the same size and hyperlinked
   the
   > remote file to the transparent area.
   >
   > If this doesn't make sense, John, I'll dig out some files and try to
   do a
   > forensic drains-up on them.
   >
   > --
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   1. https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/links-attachments-pdfs.html
   2. 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwYIazaIFHy4TXVLVl9HNmJCY0U/view?usp=sharing
   3. mailto:jposad...@gmail.com
   4. mailto:framers@lists.frameusers.com
   5. mailto:srick...@wordmongers.demon.co.uk
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Re: [Framers] ????:__Converting_to_Word_fo r_Review

2017-07-11 Thread David Artman
   Your Manager is ignorant, then.

   PDF with Comments is much easier to use than Word with Track Changes...
   and with Word, it's entirely possible to forget to turn on Track
   Changes, and then you have no idea who changed what without doing a
   (possibly manual!) file diff.

   Have you demoed a Shared Review, so that your manager can see how
   multiple reviewers can all make changes simultaneously (impossible in
   Word, as far as I know)? It's even nice for doing a group review in
   person, as everyone can markup as they go, stay in sync, and see
   if/when there's a conflict regarding proposed changes. The best Word
   can do with regards to that is serialized review, which is SUPER slow
   unless you have very conscientious reviewers.

   Sounds like tough times for you: tons of conversion and cleanup to suit
   someone's (poorly thought out) preference.

   Bummer. :(

   David

    Original Message 
   From: Caroline Tabach <[1]carol...@radcom.com>
   Date: Tue, July 11, 2017 11:07 am
   I sent a nice PDF, but the manager wanted Word.
   This is for review only

References

   1. mailto:carol...@radcom.com
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Re: [Framers] Tool for importing selected variables

2017-06-30 Thread David Artman
   RE user variable subsetting: Yep, works like a charm. One might even
   make an argument for single-variable 'template' files for each variable
   in your library, but that's often overkill. But I've definitely broken
   them down into product-specific subsets of variables and conditions,
   with further OS- or even customer-specific other subset files of
   variables and conditions. One's entire taxomony can be represented just
   by the variables/conditions files; and just put a table of them (the
   variables) on the first page for easy editing.

   RE system variables: One of the 1.9 million reasons not to have
   different use cases for system variables! Running H/F and
   table-continuation really need to be standardized across the
   enterprise. Even if you want a few different Running H/F formats, take
   advantage of the 10 (12? it's been a while...) that FrameMaker
   provides; and do not just repurpose 1, 2, and 3 over and over again. As
   a rule of thumb, I generally say "if it's on a Master Page, it should
   be sacrosanct, not doc-specific". Kinda the point of them, I feel. :)

   My 2¢+

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] Tool for importing selected variables
   From: Steve Rickaby <[1]srick...@wordmongers.demon.co.uk>
   ...

   Copy the file that contains the variable you want to import across
   multiple files, then open the copy and delete every variable *other
   than* the variable you want to import. Re-save the copy, then use that
   as your 'seed' document to import the variable in question across
   multiple files.
   This works as stated for user-defined variables. For system variables
   (from memory) you have to be a bit more careful, as FrameMaker doesn't
   allow you to delete them. I do not know of a way to import one system
   variable across a population of files that have different system
   variable values. This is where a tool (or Rick) could maybe help.

References

   1. mailto:srick...@wordmongers.demon.co.uk
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Re: [Framers] Watermark over graphics?

2017-06-16 Thread David Artman
   As far as I know, there's no way to make a master-page (i.e.,
   implicitly background) image overlay body page (framed) graphics or
   text I the flow. If there is, I'm waiting to find out along with you!
   :-)

   Perhaps PDF TimeSavers can do the post-distillation application of a
   watermark automatically (i.e., as if applied using Acrobat, but without
   manual intervention)?

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: [Framers] Watermark over graphics?
   From: Alex Lukes <[1]alex.lu...@sce.com>
   Date: Thu, June 15, 2017 11:23 am
   To: "[2]framers@lists.frameusers.com" <[3]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   Framers,
   I would like to place a watermark on Master Pages, but that only works
   when the Body Page shows text and tables.
   I don't want to use Acrobat for watermarks because some of our manuals
   are 2,000 pages and we would have to re-insert the watermark every time
   we distill a manual.
   Is there a workaround solution for Frame Master Pages that will always
   work, even on top of graphics?
   Best Regards,
   Alex Lukes
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Re: [Framers] active URLs spanning more than one line

2017-06-16 Thread David Artman
   That makes me suspect that you had a bad character encoding which,
   nevertheless, would render in the FM editing view, but 'fall down'
   during distillation.

   If you still have a copy of the 'bad' URL, try to paste it into
   Notepad++ and see if it goes weird (looking like, for example,
   "���®").

   *shrug*

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] active URLs spanning more than one line
   From: "Carol J. Elkins" <[1]celk...@awrittenword.com>
   Date: Thu, June 15, 2017 3:07 pm
   To: [2]framers@lists.frameusers.com
   Thanks everyone. After literally hundreds of experiments to try to
   isolate the problem, I finally made it go away without understanding
   what caused the problem in the first place. That's never my preference.
   To make it go away, I copied the URL to Notebook and then copy/pasted
   it into a new Frame file. I applied the Link character tag and
   hypertext marker and then copied the entire string back into the
   original Frame file, overwriting the original URL. Problem went away.
   Carol

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Re: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file

2017-03-21 Thread David Artman
   Perhaps I will, if I'm ever working in FrameMaker again. I've become a
   bit of a DITA specialist lately, and at a past job we even made
   specializations to create form elements in the XML and render them with
   an ANT argument (or not). That let us use a single map for a procedure
   and its associated checklist, which only showed top-level steps with
   "Done" or "N/A" radio buttons and, occasionally, text fields or other
   sub-fields. The checklist also had a "Show step details" or "Show
   screen example" cross-links to the full procedure PDF. Very slick once
   it all was working.

   BUT this is all orthogonal to the main point, which was "how and why"
   add PDF content to a FM-source document. I was just spitballing ideas
   for Laura as I had some free time, because I find advanced/theoretical
   discussions interesting.

   Have a great week!

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file
   From: Lin Sims <[1]ljsims...@gmail.com>
   Date: Tue, March 21, 2017 11:42 am
   To: "An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software."
   <[2]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   David,
   I've never worked with TimeSavers (or created forms of any sort), so my
   understanding of what his tools can do is limited. He does say that he
   can
   provide custom solutions, so it may be worthwhile to contact him and
   ask
   both about the Forms Assistant capabilities and whether creating
   dynamic
   forms is possible with his tool. Be pretty cool if you could! :)

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Re: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file

2017-03-21 Thread David Artman
   Whoops! I didn't read your second reply before responding.

   No worries.

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file
   From: Lin Sims <[1]ljsims...@gmail.com>
   Date: Tue, March 21, 2017 10:08 am
   To: "An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software."
   <[2]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   Hmmm. Just now reading up on dynamic forms. Did NOT realize they
   rerendered; I have mistaken interactive for dynamic, I guess.
   My apologies, David.
   On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM, Lin Sims <[3]ljsims...@gmail.com>
   wrote:
   > If by a dynamic form you're talking about a PDF form that can be
   filled in
   > and saved, then yes, it can. There's a plugin for forms call Forms
   > Assistant. Fillable fields, drop-down selection, radio buttons, check
   > marks, the works. I took one of his courses years ago, and the order
   form
   > was a PDF he made using Frame and TimeSavers. It was very slick.
   >
   >
   >
   > On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 9:46 AM, David Artman
   <[4]da...@davidartman.com>
   > wrote:
   >
   >> Oh, yes, I'm well aware of MicroType TimeSavers. I do not think they
   >> will do dynamic forms, though.
   >>
   >>  Original Message 
   >> Subject: Re: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file
   >> From: Lin Sims <[1][5]ljsims...@gmail.com>
   >> Date: Mon, March 20, 2017 4:18 pm
   >> To: "An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software."
   >> <[2][6]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   >> Dave,
   >> If you want to create forms and other things in Frame for output to
   >> PDF,
   >> check out Shlomo Perets' Microtypes website. His TimeSavers tools
   >> insert
   >> postscript code into Frame files to do things like create dynamic
   >> forms.
   >> [3][7]http://microtype.com/showcase.html
   >> On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 3:52 PM, David Artman
   >> <[4][8]da...@davidartman.com> wrote:
   >> > You can use Acrobat Pro to append a PDF file to another PDF file,
   in
   >> > whole or in part, and (IIRC) at any location using Document >
   Insert
   >> > Pages.
   >> >
   >> > Yes, this adds a step (or more!) to workflow. Yes, the inserted
   PDF
   >> > will have its own footers, etc; and thus, you might have to do
   some
   >> > fancy footwork with page numbering in the two source files to get
   it
   >> > all to align. Yes, any other autonumbering will be similarly
   >> > problematic, requiring you to force it to start with a specific
   value
   >> > (e.g., n=25). But you'll have a PDF "in" another PDF.
   >> >
   >> > As for "is [it] recommended", I think it's a good practice if you
   get
   >> > content from a business partner, legal, or some other entity that
   >> would
   >> > not want you to have any chance of editing it. (Hmm... but such a
   >> > locked-down PDF might not be appendable, in part or in whole, to
   >> > another one? And you can always use Advanced Text Tools on
   unlocked
   >> > PDFs, so maybe this use case ISN'T a good one! You'd probably have
   to
   >> > insert into FrameMaker as full-page "images" if locked down.)
   >> >
   >> > OK, another use case is a PDF created in another editor, for
   example
   >> a
   >> > dynamic form made in LiveCycle Designer. VERY hard to do such
   things
   >> in
   >> > FrameMaker, but easy in LCD. I've never tried that workflow, but
   it
   >> > seems kosher.
   >> >
   >> > Finally, you could have an 'example' PDF that is a sample of
   output
   >> > resulting from a process that is documented in the earlier PDF.
   That
   >> > would avoid you having to setup several master pages in the same
   book
   >> > to show the variations. OR, if you are, say, making a training
   manual
   >> > for using your publishing environment, and you want to show a
   sample
   >> of
   >> > all the output types, but Help won't append: make the Help output
   >> save
   >> > as PDF and then append tot he "how to" main PDF:
   >> >
   >> > * How To Run Output (1 PDF with 'internal style')
   >> >
   >> > ** PDF Output Example (1 PDF of single-sourced sample book with
   >> > 'external style')
   >> >
   >> > ** Help Output Example (1 PDF of single-sourced sample book
   rendered
   >> as
   >> > Help then exported/saved as PDF)
   >> >
   >> > ** (etc.)
   >> >
   >> > So, sure! It's recommended in c

Re: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file

2017-03-21 Thread David Artman
   No, I mean a form that changes its fields based on other fields. For
   instance, radio buttons at the top that read "Customer" and "Support"
   and, when selected, make different fields appear below them.

   If TimeSavers can do THAT, nowadays, then I stand corrected (and in
   awe).

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file
   From: Lin Sims <[1]ljsims...@gmail.com>
   Date: Tue, March 21, 2017 10:00 am
   To: "An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software."
   <[2]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   If by a dynamic form you're talking about a PDF form that can be filled
   in
   and saved, then yes, it can. There's a plugin for forms call Forms
   Assistant. Fillable fields, drop-down selection, radio buttons, check
   marks, the works. I took one of his courses years ago, and the order
   form
   was a PDF he made using Frame and TimeSavers. It was very slick.
   On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 9:46 AM, David Artman
   <[3]da...@davidartman.com> wrote:
   > Oh, yes, I'm well aware of MicroType TimeSavers. I do not think they
   > will do dynamic forms, though.
   >
   >  Original Message 
   > Subject: Re: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file
   > From: Lin Sims <[1][4]ljsims...@gmail.com>
   > Date: Mon, March 20, 2017 4:18 pm
   > To: "An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software."
   > <[2][5]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   > Dave,
   > If you want to create forms and other things in Frame for output to
   > PDF,
   > check out Shlomo Perets' Microtypes website. His TimeSavers tools
   > insert
   > postscript code into Frame files to do things like create dynamic
   > forms.
   > [3][6]http://microtype.com/showcase.html
   > On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 3:52 PM, David Artman
   > <[4][7]da...@davidartman.com> wrote:
   > > You can use Acrobat Pro to append a PDF file to another PDF file,
   in
   > > whole or in part, and (IIRC) at any location using Document >
   Insert
   > > Pages.
   > >
   > > Yes, this adds a step (or more!) to workflow. Yes, the inserted PDF
   > > will have its own footers, etc; and thus, you might have to do some
   > > fancy footwork with page numbering in the two source files to get
   it
   > > all to align. Yes, any other autonumbering will be similarly
   > > problematic, requiring you to force it to start with a specific
   value
   > > (e.g., n=25). But you'll have a PDF "in" another PDF.
   > >
   > > As for "is [it] recommended", I think it's a good practice if you
   get
   > > content from a business partner, legal, or some other entity that
   > would
   > > not want you to have any chance of editing it. (Hmm... but such a
   > > locked-down PDF might not be appendable, in part or in whole, to
   > > another one? And you can always use Advanced Text Tools on unlocked
   > > PDFs, so maybe this use case ISN'T a good one! You'd probably have
   to
   > > insert into FrameMaker as full-page "images" if locked down.)
   > >
   > > OK, another use case is a PDF created in another editor, for
   example
   > a
   > > dynamic form made in LiveCycle Designer. VERY hard to do such
   things
   > in
   > > FrameMaker, but easy in LCD. I've never tried that workflow, but it
   > > seems kosher.
   > >
   > > Finally, you could have an 'example' PDF that is a sample of output
   > > resulting from a process that is documented in the earlier PDF.
   That
   > > would avoid you having to setup several master pages in the same
   book
   > > to show the variations. OR, if you are, say, making a training
   manual
   > > for using your publishing environment, and you want to show a
   sample
   > of
   > > all the output types, but Help won't append: make the Help output
   > save
   > > as PDF and then append tot he "how to" main PDF:
   > >
   > > * How To Run Output (1 PDF with 'internal style')
   > >
   > > ** PDF Output Example (1 PDF of single-sourced sample book with
   > > 'external style')
   > >
   > > ** Help Output Example (1 PDF of single-sourced sample book
   rendered
   > as
   > > Help then exported/saved as PDF)
   > >
   > > ** (etc.)
   > >
   > > So, sure! It's recommended in cases where sourcing everything in
   > > FrameMaker is impossible, too time consuming, or a poor
   content-reuse
   > > scenario. Hope this helps;
   > >
   > > David
   > >
   > >  Original Message 
   > > Subject: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file
   > > From: lklane64 <[1][5][8]lklan...@gmail.com&

Re: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file

2017-03-21 Thread David Artman
   Oh, yes, I'm well aware of MicroType TimeSavers. I do not think they
   will do dynamic forms, though.

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file
   From: Lin Sims <[1]ljsims...@gmail.com>
   Date: Mon, March 20, 2017 4:18 pm
   To: "An email list for people using Adobe FrameMaker software."
   <[2]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   Dave,
   If you want to create forms and other things in Frame for output to
   PDF,
   check out Shlomo Perets' Microtypes website. His TimeSavers tools
   insert
   postscript code into Frame files to do things like create dynamic
   forms.
   [3]http://microtype.com/showcase.html
   On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 3:52 PM, David Artman
   <[4]da...@davidartman.com> wrote:
   > You can use Acrobat Pro to append a PDF file to another PDF file, in
   > whole or in part, and (IIRC) at any location using Document > Insert
   > Pages.
   >
   > Yes, this adds a step (or more!) to workflow. Yes, the inserted PDF
   > will have its own footers, etc; and thus, you might have to do some
   > fancy footwork with page numbering in the two source files to get it
   > all to align. Yes, any other autonumbering will be similarly
   > problematic, requiring you to force it to start with a specific value
   > (e.g., n=25). But you'll have a PDF "in" another PDF.
   >
   > As for "is [it] recommended", I think it's a good practice if you get
   > content from a business partner, legal, or some other entity that
   would
   > not want you to have any chance of editing it. (Hmm... but such a
   > locked-down PDF might not be appendable, in part or in whole, to
   > another one? And you can always use Advanced Text Tools on unlocked
   > PDFs, so maybe this use case ISN'T a good one! You'd probably have to
   > insert into FrameMaker as full-page "images" if locked down.)
   >
   > OK, another use case is a PDF created in another editor, for example
   a
   > dynamic form made in LiveCycle Designer. VERY hard to do such things
   in
   > FrameMaker, but easy in LCD. I've never tried that workflow, but it
   > seems kosher.
   >
   > Finally, you could have an 'example' PDF that is a sample of output
   > resulting from a process that is documented in the earlier PDF. That
   > would avoid you having to setup several master pages in the same book
   > to show the variations. OR, if you are, say, making a training manual
   > for using your publishing environment, and you want to show a sample
   of
   > all the output types, but Help won't append: make the Help output
   save
   > as PDF and then append tot he "how to" main PDF:
   >
   > * How To Run Output (1 PDF with 'internal style')
   >
   > ** PDF Output Example (1 PDF of single-sourced sample book with
   > 'external style')
   >
   > ** Help Output Example (1 PDF of single-sourced sample book rendered
   as
   > Help then exported/saved as PDF)
   >
   > ** (etc.)
   >
   > So, sure! It's recommended in cases where sourcing everything in
   > FrameMaker is impossible, too time consuming, or a poor content-reuse
   > scenario. Hope this helps;
   >
   > David
   >
   >  Original Message 
   > Subject: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file
   > From: lklane64 <[1][5]lklan...@gmail.com>
   > Date: Fri, March 17, 2017 9:35 am
   > To: [2][6]framers@lists.frameusers.com
   > I was wondering if anyone answered the question about adding PDFs to
   a
   > FM book file. Does anyone know if this is possible or even
   > recommended?
   > Thanks in advance,Laura
   >
   > References
   >
   > 1. [7]mailto:lklan...@gmail.com
   > 2. [8]mailto:framers@lists.frameusers.com
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Re: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file

2017-03-20 Thread David Artman
   You can use Acrobat Pro to append a PDF file to another PDF file, in
   whole or in part, and (IIRC) at any location using Document > Insert
   Pages.

   Yes, this adds a step (or more!) to workflow. Yes, the inserted PDF
   will have its own footers, etc; and thus, you might have to do some
   fancy footwork with page numbering in the two source files to get it
   all to align. Yes, any other autonumbering will be similarly
   problematic, requiring you to force it to start with a specific value
   (e.g., n=25). But you'll have a PDF "in" another PDF.

   As for "is [it] recommended", I think it's a good practice if you get
   content from a business partner, legal, or some other entity that would
   not want you to have any chance of editing it. (Hmm... but such a
   locked-down PDF might not be appendable, in part or in whole, to
   another one? And you can always use Advanced Text Tools on unlocked
   PDFs, so maybe this use case ISN'T a good one! You'd probably have to
   insert into FrameMaker as full-page "images" if locked down.)

   OK, another use case is a PDF created in another editor, for example a
   dynamic form made in LiveCycle Designer. VERY hard to do such things in
   FrameMaker, but easy in LCD. I've never tried that workflow, but it
   seems kosher.

   Finally, you could have an 'example' PDF that is a sample of output
   resulting from a process that is documented in the earlier PDF. That
   would avoid you having to setup several master pages in the same book
   to show the variations. OR, if you are, say, making a training manual
   for using your publishing environment, and you want to show a sample of
   all the output types, but Help won't append: make the Help output save
   as PDF and then append tot he "how to" main PDF:

   * How To Run Output (1 PDF with 'internal style')

   ** PDF Output Example (1 PDF of single-sourced sample book with
   'external style')

   ** Help Output Example (1 PDF of single-sourced sample book rendered as
   Help then exported/saved as PDF)

   ** (etc.)

   So, sure! It's recommended in cases where sourcing everything in
   FrameMaker is impossible, too time consuming, or a poor content-reuse
   scenario. Hope this helps;

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: [Framers] PDFs in a FM book file
   From: lklane64 <[1]lklan...@gmail.com>
   Date: Fri, March 17, 2017 9:35 am
   To: [2]framers@lists.frameusers.com
   I was wondering if anyone answered the question about adding PDFs to a
   FM book file.  Does anyone know if this is possible or even
   recommended?
   Thanks in advance,Laura

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Re: [Framers] condition indicator for table rows - suppress from PDF ?

2016-05-26 Thread David Artman
   Unless you script something, that's Working As Intended (e.g.,
   reviewers might need to see condition indicators to be able to follow
   the intent).

    Original Message 
   Subject: [Framers] condition indicator for table rows - suppress from
   PDF ?
   From: "Monique Semp" <[1]monique.s...@earthlink.net>
   Date: Wed, May 25, 2016 4:27 pm
   To: <[2]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   Hello, Framers,
   Now that I�m far enough along in my new doc with its several
   conditions, I�m generating a PDF. But... unless I clear the �Show
   Condition Indicators�, the table rows that have condition indicators
   (shading inside the cell borders) end up with that shading in the PDF.
   But I�m hoping that there�s a way to show the condition indicators in
   the FrameMaker view but not end up with them in the PDF?
   (It�s really nice to see the indicators in Frame, and I�d hate to lose
   that or have to remember to turn this off every time I create a PDF.)
   Thanks for the tips,
   -Monique
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Re: [Framers] Rick's Ride and Suggestions for Plugin

2016-05-18 Thread David Artman
   OK, I thought of another one after I posted:

   * FrameInside/FrameOutside (or FrameLeft/FrameRight, if other settings
   switch inside/outside to left/right) - Similar to
   FrameAbove/FrameBelow, this would basically be a way to define in a
   Paragraph Style that a reference-page graphic is to float out of the
   text frame to the inside/outside (left/right) of the paragraph to which
   the style is applied.

   I could have used such functionality SO MANY TIMES with various
   admonishment styles (e.g., caution) or form-creation tricks (e.g., Done
   checkboxes nextt to major steps in a procedure).

   Yes, one can hand-place an anchored frame each time to do that, but
   it's annoyingly manual.

   Yes, one can do a monochrome 'bullet' of some type (ding) with
   auto-numbering tricks.

   But if you want a multicolor graphic every time, floating automatically
   to the appropriate side, without hand-placing them each para... no
   option (of which I'm aware).

   Not sure if that's "scriptable," per se. Perhaps as a "burst" of
   automatically inserted, anchor-framed graphics prior to publish...?

   Again: Awesome way to volunteer!

   David
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Re: [Framers] ANN: Bottlenecks for the Ride for Roswell

2016-05-16 Thread David Artman
   Great idea for charity!

   My FM days are numbered at this point (barring a new employer) but one
   thing I think would be awesome is a Search-Including-Insets function.
   Not sure if that scriptable (can you script dialog boxes?); not sure if
   one already exists. But I know for sure that it would have saved me a
   LOT of hassle setting up "all-files" BOOK files and trying to remember
   to add each new text inset as I made them and imported them where
   needed.

   I'd also have loved some kind of script to run spell check 'into'
   insets, too (though now my memory is telling me that above a certain
   version, that Just Works now in FM?). But I always just switched to my
   'BOOK of All Insets' to do that as well.

   Finally... could a script figure out where automatic color definitions
   were generated? I've had some LONG hunts in the past, trying to figure
   out which (improper-file-type) indexed-color graphic junked up my
   file(s). Not a big deal; usually easy to track down given time and an
   IOR. But a "Search for source of Color Definition" dialog would have
   been a lot easier than taking the long way around [make IOR, pull into
   Excel, parse out extensions into their own columns, sort by extension,
   track down all indexed-color graphic, open each in PShop to see if they
   caused the non-standard Color Def--obviously, this is only needed when
   SOME index-color graphics MUST be used but others SHOULD be
   PNG/JPG/SVG].

   If I think of any others, I'll post again.

   Good on ya!

   David

    Original Message 
   From: "Rick Quatro" <[1]r...@rickquatro.com>
   Date: Mon, May 16, 2016 9:50 am
   Hello Framers,
   It is almost time for the annual Ride for Roswell to raise money for
   the
   Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY. My son, Jason, and I will be
   riding 102 miles on June 25th. Normally, I provide scripts or plugins
   to
   those that donate. This year I want to do something different: I want
   you to
   identify some FrameMaker bottlenecks that could be solved with
   scripting. If
   I like your idea, I will develop a script and use that to raise money
   for
   our ride.
   I have one script developed already: OpenAllSpecial. It opens all of
   the
   documents in a book without any alerts. This is useful if you have a
   FrameMaker crash and you have a bunch of recover files. The script will
   use
   the recover files automatically. Or, perhaps you don't have all of the
   graphics, but want to open all of the files anyway without alerts.
   Please email me with your ideas! Thank you very much.

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

2016-05-11 Thread David Artman
   One quick note on the below: Save expression on a Reference Page in
   your template(s) (if only in one, I'd go with your cover/frontmatter
   template). Then you can easily copy & paste without running an outside
   application. (I'm still in Frame8 Land, so if there's a way to save
   conditional expressions as 'menu items' now, then obviously do that).

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] Conditional Expression build crashing FrameMaker
   with Internal Errors
   From: Lin Sims <[1]ljsims...@gmail.com>
   Date: Tue, May 10, 2016 4:06 pm
   ...

   Just in case, though, I've copied the expressions into each book's
   settings
   file AND into a OneNote notebook I keep on each project. The
   expressions...

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Re: [Framers] SVG blowing up Frame file size

2016-05-06 Thread David Artman
   Blind guess, without reading rest of thread yet: full font embedding?

    Original Message 
   Subject: [Framers] SVG blowing up Frame file size
   From: Lin Sims <[1]ljsims...@gmail.com>
   Date: Thu, May 05, 2016 2:43 pm
   To: Frame Users <[2]framers@lists.frameusers.com>, TECHWR-L
   <[3]techw...@lists.techwr-l.com>
   Pertinents:
   Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit, Service Patch 1
   FrameMaker 12, latest patch
   Visio 2013
   I have a small diagram created in Visio and saved out to SVG that is
   just
   blowing up the Frame file size.
   Frame file w/o graphic: 232,448
   Frame file w/ graphic: 17,116,160
   Visio file: 150,011
   SVG file: 15,830
   I've recreated the SVG file in case there was a corruption in the
   conversion from .vsdx to .svg, but I'm getting the same result. A
   somewhat
   similar diagram that has larger Visio (357,882) and SVG (34,688) files
   sizes only increases the Frame file size to 1,207,296.
   I'm fabbled. Does anyone have any ideas why this very, very simple
   diagram
   should be making such a difference in the FrameMaker file size?
   --
   Lin Sims
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Re: [Framers] Using Frame as a little CMS

2016-04-26 Thread David Artman
One idea for you that I hope will be useful for these issues (works for
us!):

- There is no way, other than our spreadsheet, to see where the text
insets are used. So if inset A is used in book A, B, and C, we can't
tell that other than through the spreadsheet. You can't click the text
inset and see where it's used.

First, you do need a book-of-books with all of your library in it.
Usually not too daunting; and if your library is vast, make several
divided by whatever scheme you like.

Then, simply append a "file-killer' suffix to the inset that you are
testing for locations (e.g., rename "inset_How-to-Foo.fm" to
"inset_How-to-Foo.fm.HIDE").

Finally, do an Update on the book(s)-of-books and see in the log where
you get errors because of the now-'missing' inset file. [I know that's a
bit tedious for EVERY inset file update, but if you REALLY want to be
sure of where you're hitting existing books]

- Also, if we need to find information and we search the book or books
for that string, we can't find it as text insets aren't searchable. 

Easy as pie! Make a 'warehouse book' which contains every single FM file
in your library, solely for the purposes of doing global searches.
Again, if your library is vast, make a set of them divided by whatever
scheme you find most useful. In fact, a categorization scheme could also
help you with inset discovery (i.e., writers checking whether something
they want to add to a publication is already written and reusable): The
easier it is to narrow down a search prior to turning FrameMaker's Find
dialog loose, the better for efficiency.

Hope this reaffirms your strategy! And don't take any duff from folks
who think managing hundreds of insets is a bad idea--I've seen libraries
with thousands
David

P.S. You missed a REAL and intractable issue: I've found sometimes that
cross-references just don't like text insets; and so I often advise a
strategy where headings are not the 'top leaf' of inset content, and the
actual-text-in-files must be targeted for cross-referencing (i.e.,
heading must be typed every time, then inset inserted). As such,
text-inset content can only really internally cross-reference (i.e.,
inside its own inset) or cross-reference between 'real' text in the
files that make the actual deliverable. Not a giant issue, but
non-optimal compared, say, to DITA conreffing.
DCA
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Re: [Framers] slow-scrolling images

2016-04-07 Thread David Artman
   This is your best bet, especially if you write a Photoshop Action to do
   it automatically (e.g., Save as PNG in "graphics" and save as low-res
   JPG in "dev" with one Action, then manually flip the folder names at
   production):

    Original Message 
   From: Peter Gold 
   Date: Wed, April 06, 2016 8:08 pm
   ...
   I seem to remember that one proposed solution for avoiding slow display
   of
   graphics in FrameMaker, in the distant past, was to create
   low-resolution
   copies of referenced graphics, with duplicate names, in a
   duplicate-named
   directory tree, then swap the two trees before publishing the
   documents.
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Re: [Framers] preventing 2-word product name from line breaks ?

2016-04-07 Thread David Artman
   You could always make a "Product-Name-Var.fm" file from a utterly
   stripped MIF and then manage the BOOK-wide Import that way. Further, if
   my info design actually kept variables 'discrete' like that (i.e., a
   file NEVER has a variable it doesn't use) then I'd parse the
   variable-storage templates to match.

   That said, I do not see the benefit of chunking (or 'scoping') variable
   template files. Maybe there's a happy medium between "all variables in
   one FM" and "each variable in its own FM" approach, but lacking the
   energy (or confidence?) to find that  medium, I'd go with a single file
   for all. Which is why a good variable-naming convention that's easy to
   rapidly type to insert (with CTRL+0) is as crucial as it is for
   conditional names (CTRL+4/5) and style names (CTRL+8/9): if all my
   variable names have their first two or three characters unique, it's
   super fast... and thus, I don't care if I have 50 variable definitions
   in every file.

   YMMV; and this, of course, doesn't cover situations where, due to reuse
   strategies, a variable value might not be identical for each FM file in
   the BOOK file (e.g., a compiled book of product specs where each
   chapter is a different product name).

   HTH;

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] preventing 2-word product name from line breaks
   ?
   From: "Monique Semp" <[1]monique.s...@earthlink.net>
   Date: Wed, April 06, 2016 5:55 pm

   > You can update a variable in all .fm files in a .book with a single
   > import.
   Yes, but that presupposes that you want *all* the variables from the
   source
   file. But in my case, I have different variables in different
   FrameMaker
   templates (for frontmatter, ToC, chapters), with only some variables,
   such
   as the doc's part number, in all the templates.

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Re: [Framers] Taking and inserting screen captures in FrameMaker 2015

2016-04-01 Thread David Artman
   I'll just go ahead and chime in that I take all screen grabs with
   Alt+PrtScn (or just PrtScn, for Desktop or full-screen captures)
   because I do not have to capture scrolling windows or DirectX drawing
   layers (which are the only things for which I'd use SnagIt).

   As it is very rare for me to take images off my own system (i.e., I'm
   more-often running VMs), I invariably have to paste the clipboard
   contents into some art application (MS Paint is fine) and then save
   with our formal, file-naming conventions for working files (a huge
   string of descriptive elements, typically). I then can transport that
   image file across the network to get it into my working folder.

   As these are always taken and saved at 96 dpi, I never encounter
   inconsistencies between authors who follow this SOP. It's only those
   authors who (foolishly) re-scale the image in Photoshop or similar
   applications to change its defined dpi without re-sampling it (which is
   invariably lossy, when down-sampling; and which is invariably blocky,
   when up-sampling). BUT, that defined dpi doesn't get honored in DITA
   PDF output (driven by a default dpi variable in Antenna House) nor in
   HTML output, so it's wasted time. INSTEAD, we scale for the PDF
   deliverable using attributes in the DITA XML which, in turn, are
   further manipulated for HTML output (e.g., thumbnailed at, say, 15% of
   96-dpi scale with click-to-zoom to 100%, 96-dpi scale).

   FWIW, I've done screen-image processing this way (with irrelevant
   variations) for over a decade. I can see no benefit to re-scaling a
   screen capture image (why bother?); and I'd never re-sample a screen
   capture image to change its apparent size (why destroy pixels?). I will
   caveat that, however, by saying that if your deliverable MUST have the
   absolute smallest possible file size (without using compression; e.g.,
   a mobile site or app) then I would re-sample for the target pixel
   dimensions using the best re-sampling algorithm available to me in my
   art app (Nearest Neighbor or a Bicubic, in PS, depending on the nature
   of the screen).

   HTH;

   David

    Original Message 
   From: John Sgammato <[1]john.sgamm...@actifio.com>
   Date: Thu, March 31, 2016 7:11 pm
   So maybe I am thinking about it wrong...
   I work with Kurt.
   If I capture an screenshot with SnagIt and call it image.png, I can
   link it
   into a FrameMaker 2015 doc at 150 dpi and it is a good size for the
   page.
   Later, Kurt is editing the same doc, and the screen has changed so he
   recaptures it on his computer and saves it in the same folder with the
   same
   name. FM uses the new image at the same DPI, but it's twice as big. So
   he
   resets it to 250 dpi and now it fits again.
   Still later those pesky developers have changed the screen again, and
   this
   time I have the doc. I recapture the image on my own computer and give
   it
   the same name. FM uses the new image at 250 dpi, so my new image comes
   in
   half as big as it should be and I have to reset the dpi setting again.
   I just want some way to ensure that all of our images can come in at a
   standard size so we can use a standard dpi setting.

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

2016-03-04 Thread David Artman
   For those who Want To Know More:

   [1]http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/what-is-dwmexe-and-why-
   is-it-running/

   You can safely kill it permanently, if you don't mind a Classic/Basic
   Windows experience.

   [FWIW, I often switched down to a Classic Desktop theme in the past
   when taking screen shots of software, if only to keep the file sizes
   down by reducing (or eliminating) gradients in window chrome (to get
   more-efficient compression in PNG format).]

   HTH;

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: Re: [Framers] Framers Digest, Vol 120, Issue 2
   From: Kevin Ryan <[2]kevin.r...@systemsandsoftware.net>
   Date: Wed, March 02, 2016 3:30 pm
   To: "[3]framers@lists.frameusers.com" <[4]framers@lists.frameusers.com>
   Some clarification, since David Millis's bingo suggestion came to me
   off-list: Ending the DWM.exe process in Task Manager allowed me to
   recover from my FrameMaker 7.2's "Not Responding" state here in the
   Computer Museum. Here is David's bang-on advice:
   From: David Millis [[5]mailto:david.mil...@drakesoftware.com]
   Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2016 8:29 AM
   To: Kevin Ryan <[6]kevin.r...@systemsandsoftware.net>
   Subject: FrameMaker 7.2 Not Responding on New PC
   Hi Kevin.
   I've had a similar setup and issue that you have for several years now.
   The hanging problem seems to manifest itself when I hold the mouse down
   for a while (undetermined amount of time but longer than just a click)
   and dragging to either highlight an area of text or dragging the scroll
   bar.
   I've been able to go to the Task Manager, click the Processes tab, find
   DWM.exe, and end task on that file. Sometimes I've had to end task on
   it twice. 99.9% of the time, this works. Once I get the screen back, I
   always follow immediately with a Save, but that's just me.
   Hope this helps. My company has switched everyone except my department
   to Windows 10. I have too many programs that would choke on a new OS if
   I didn't upgrade them.
   Good luck.
   David Millis
   Drake Software Education

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

2016-03-01 Thread David Artman
   Just spit-balling, but try these, in order, until you no longer see the
   crash (this will take days to work through, if you want to make a valid
   test at each stage):

   * Ensure that you've installed all updates, in order.

   * If you work off a network share, try working locally and syncing to
   the share regularly (i.e., network dropouts or latency could be causing
   FM to crash).

   * Uninstall all fonts that you do not use (i.e., free up some system
   resources).

   * Configure FM to run in Windows XP Compatibility Mode. (Right-click
   the main EXE, choose Properties, and change setting on Compatibility
   tab; do the same for any/all shortcuts you use to launch FM.)

   * Upgrade to FM8 (which I use regularly on Win 7 with no issues
   whatsoever).

   You might want to look into running some kind of system resources
   monitor while you test these fix attempts, to perhaps 'catch' the
   failure in the act (e.g., memory or CPU running out of control).

   Wish I could tell you more... but diagnosing a system failure by email
   is pretty challenging, in this day and age. :)

   David

    Original Message 
   Subject: [Framers] FrameMaker 7.2 Not Responding on New PC
   From: Kevin Ryan <[1]kevin.r...@systemsandsoftware.net>
   Date: Tue, March 01, 2016 9:29 am
   After using my older version of FrameMaker on Windows 7 without issues
   on a Dell Latitude E6430 laptop for several years, my company just
   replaced my laptop with a new Latitude E6540, also having Windows 7.
   I've recently begun using the program on the new PC for the first time
   since initial setup of my fonts, Mif2go, and Character/Paragraph tools.
   FrameMaker seems to work normally except that 2-3 times a day I can
   pretty much rely on a "FrameMaker Not Responding" freeze-up hosing my
   work out of the blue.
   Is anyone aware of any FrameMaker or Windows tweaks that might help me
   overcome this problem?
   Thanks for any advice,
   Kevin Ryan

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RE: Book Save-As PDF w/ multiple page sizes

2015-06-08 Thread David Artman
"Things that make me go 'hmmm'" = That's one! :)I did not know that, having never embedded multimedia in PDF.David


 Original Message 
Subject: RE: Book Save-As PDF w/ multiple page sizes
From: tom.beiswen...@emhartglass.com
Date: Mon, June 08, 2015 2:32 pm
The only time that I use Save as PDF is when I am embedding video clips in the FM document. If you print to pdf, you get a flat pdf. The referenced video clips are not actually embedded in the pdf unless you "save as pdf". 


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RE: Book Save-As PDF w/ multiple page sizes

2015-06-08 Thread David Artman
At the risk of seeming blunt: Don't use Save As PDF.I never have in 20 years (has it EVER worked?), I never do so now (for my remaining time in FM), and I probably never will (being on my way out of the Adobe ecosystem permanently).If it works one way, why use another? Heck, print to PS is BETTER for workflow, if you can avail yourself of watched folders and scripted file transfer tasks (cron/Task Manager).David


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Subject: Book Save-As PDF w/ multiple page sizes
From: "Charles Richardson" c...@matrixpress.com
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To: framers@lists.frameusers.com

Unable to find answer in FM docs. How does one configure FM to do Save-As PDF with the correct output page sizes (e.g., book with mixed letter/tabloid pages) in PDF? This is not a problem if a book print setup is set to tabloid and printed to .ps then distilled; the output reflects the original page sizes. With Save-As, if the page size is set to tabloid, all the pages in the output will be tabloid. I can get only one size or the other.FM12 (unstructured)/Acrobat IX Adobe PDF Converter/W7Thanks for your help!Charles___


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RE: Adobe Customer Care-less - Yet another round

2015-06-03 Thread David Artman
Glad I've never bothered to investigate the Yahoo group. In my experience, Yahoo Groups basically died sometime in the mid-oughties, and like many ghost towns, squatters and coyotes abound.If I can't find an answer onhttp://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/listinfo/framers (Framers; this list and its archives) it's not worth finding.Further, my need for FM support has diminished considerably, for a variety of reasons (non-proprietary file formats; better tools for editing those; need for tight CCMS integration; ludicrous pricing model for FM/TCS; tried-and-true non-structured FM techniques in all templates I use or create, etc.). I'm basically on the list for the laughs, occasional "thing that makes me go 'hmmm'," and the very-rare help I offer on super-weird solutions (what I preferred to do in the past decade: kill the Goliaths of format/processing woes).David


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Subject: Re: Adobe Customer Care-less - Yet another round
From: Alan Litchfield a...@alphabyte.co.nz
Date: Tue, June 02, 2015 3:37 pm
To: framers@lists.frameusers.com

Hmm, as some others of you who may have also decided to poke around, you 
too may have noticed. Lot's of spam in that group and lots of NSFW 
subject lines.



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RE: What FM plugin suite give the most bang?

2015-04-24 Thread David Artman
I would give serious thought to Acrolinx, if you're facing consistency issue as your content scales up and if you're going to bring in multiple writers. It can also help other casual content authors (e.g., developer's and tester's design and use case docs; marcomm) or give you a fast-editing path to clean up such source prior to importation/reuse in FrameMaker. It's NOT cheap, and it take a significant setup and routine maintenance as your product lines evolve... but it's a joy to see working well! It basically can eliminate any 'copyediting' roles throughout your organization.

And, no, I am not affiliatedf with them, other than as a fanboy who wants MY compnay to adopt it! :)
David

 Original Message Subject: What FM plugin suite give the most bang?From: john.x.pos...@us.hsbc.comDate: Thu, April 23, 2015 1:35 pmTo: framers framers@lists.frameusers.comHi, guys...I'm using FM11 unstructured and I maintain quite a largedocument set...10 books of 2,000 pages each give or take.Because of the amount of time I spend on housekeeping, I'm ready to take astab at adding plugins that will save me time. In addition, I may bebringing in a team of 3-4 writers and I want the files to be as clean aspossible. When you evolve to 20,000 pages of document from an initial 195pages in 2 years, ya get careless at times.
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RE: extremely slow PNG loading

2015-03-30 Thread David Artman
Unless something's changed, expect bad news from your IT:
https://threatpost.com/png-image-metadata-leading-to-iframe-injections/104047

But there's no reason to leave run-time scanning on them, so long as the file-create and file-modify scanning remains (i.e., check each write operation, not each read operation).

That said, I use PNG, JPG, and SVG exclusively in FrameMaker, and my files open over a network in the usual time: e.g., 400-page manual with 18 chapters; File  Open All Files; about 2-3 minutes. [If that's "slow as molassas" then I'm just used to it after two decades.]

HTH;
David

 Original Message Subject: Re: extremely slow PNG loadingFrom: Stuart Rogers srog...@phoenix-geophysics.comDate: Mon, March 30, 2015 3:07 pmTo: "Davis, David" david.da...@non.schneider-electric.com, "framers@lists.frameusers.com" framers@lists.frameusers.comOn 2015-Mar-30 5:32 AM, Davis, David wrote: I have seen this behaviour before, I usually blamed it either on an anti-virus scanner that was scanning each PNG as it was opened and/or some shenanigans on a network switch.Thanks for the tip, David. It does appear to be the fault of AVG scanning the files. I temporarily turned off AVG protection, and the file containing .png images opened almost as fast as the one containing .tif images. Closed the files, turned AVG back on, reopened the files. The version with .png was slow as molasses again.Our network guru is going to check whether .png files are vulnerable to malware in some way, and if not, he'll exempt them from AVG's scanning.Best regards,-- Stuart Rogers
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RE: post-processing a PDF with FM markers

2015-03-24 Thread David Artman
I concur with Robert, unless you're facing other issue that you didn't mention in your post.

Have all the BOOK files open when you print to PDF; and esure that the resulting PDFs are located in the same relative file structure as the BOOK files. [If I were you, I'd put all BOOK files in one folder, for simplicity of access, regardless of where you let choose to locate your working FM-type and graphics files.]

Barring that, you could do something with Named Desitnations I reckon... but that's just a major pain: as you noted, you won't know the base location to make aboslute/hyperlink references in the FM files. But if it's your company's system to setup and install, it should be trivial just to make a docs folder on it somewhere and plop all your PDFs in that (and a shortcut to the 'master' document, perhaps, on the All Users Desktop). Done deal.

David


 Original Message Subject: Re: post-processing a PDF with FM markersFrom: Robert Lauriston rob...@lauriston.comDate: Mon, March 23, 2015 12:05 pmTo: John Sgammato john.sgamm...@actifio.com, "framers@lists.frameusers.com" framers@lists.frameusers.comI've defined cross-references between FrameMaker files that workedacross generated PDFs, provided the PDFs were in the same positionsrelative to each other in the directory structure (e.g. all in thesame directory) as the FrameMaker books were.It used to be that all the files in all the books had to be open whengenerating the PDFs for that to work, but it has been a few yearssince I did that.On Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 5:58 AM, John Sgammatojohn.sgamm...@actifio.com wrote: I generate a library of PDFs that are delivered to the customer inside a server that we sell and install for them. Some of our customers are in secure facilities with no outside internet access, so I can't just point them to our knowledge base. I need a way to link from one PDF to another, when they are all served from that customer server.___You are currently subscribed to framers as da...@davidartman.com.Send list messages to framers@lists.frameusers.com.To unsubscribe send a blank email toframers-unsubscr...@lists.frameusers.comor visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/david%40davidartman.comSend administrative questions to listad...@frameusers.com. Visithttp://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.
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RE: post-processing a PDF with FM markers

2015-03-24 Thread David Artman
If you find a solution to maintining cross-document links when a user emails the file to another system... publish and patent it and wait for your Nobel in Physics! ;-)

Shlomo's method will work, too, of course... but not if moved to where the satellite PDF can't resolve the host domain/IP (same Impossible Thing Beore Breakfast as above, just with path types: relative v absolute). But the draw back of that method is (a) you can't just use 'quick' FM xrefs but have to insert 'slow' hyperlink markers and (b) it adds yet-another implementation step when someone sets up the server--and in my experience, when the Doc Team asks for other to do work to implement their functionality, folks get irritable. :-) [I also suspect it might not future-proof well, should you begin to deliver to multiple output types and devices. But having never actually done doc cross-links that way in 20 years of FM use... I wold have to test thoroughly to be confident.]

It's your boat to ffloa, but I've done 10-document sets with a team of 15 writers without the least hassle. You just gotta (a) do production in bluck, at the end or (b) use a CMS/VCS and risk not having the most-current updates when you generate a set for delivery. But that is an issue that's totally orthogonal to the method you choose--nothing about how you make FM cross links is going to help you if you do not have a coordinated publishing workflow.

Bon chance...
David


 Original Message Subject: Re: post-processing a PDF with FM markersFrom: John Sgammato john.sgamm...@actifio.comDate: Tue, March 24, 2015 3:51 pmTo: David Artman da...@davidartman.comCc: "framers@lists.frameusers.com" framers@lists.frameusers.com
That's pretty much what we do now, but it's hard to have all the books open at once when four writers are hurtling toward a deadline...
And we have found that customer-users often copy a doc to email to a colleague or to use elsewhere and then the links break.
It's not a stopper for now, but I'd love to find a more robust solution.

On Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 3:44 PM, David Artman da...@davidartman.com wrote:


I concur with Robert, unless you're facing other issue that you didn't mention in your post.

Have all the BOOK files open when you print to PDF; and esure that the resulting PDFs are located in the same relative file structure as the BOOK files. [If I were you, I'd put all BOOK files in one folder, for simplicity of access, regardless of where you let choose to locate your working FM-type and graphics files.]

Barring that, you could do something with Named Desitnations I reckon... but that's just a major pain: as you noted, you won't know the base location to make aboslute/hyperlink references in the FM files. But if it's your company's system to setup and install, it should be trivial just to make a docs folder on it somewhere and plop all your PDFs in that (and a shortcut to the 'master' document, perhaps, on the All Users Desktop). Done deal.

David


 Original Message Subject: Re: post-processing a PDF with FM markersFrom: Robert Lauriston rob...@lauriston.comDate: Mon, March 23, 2015 12:05 pmTo: John Sgammato john.sgamm...@actifio.com, "framers@lists.frameusers.com" framers@lists.frameusers.comI've defined cross-references between FrameMaker files that workedacross generated PDFs, provided the PDFs were in the same positionsrelative to each other in the directory structure (e.g. all in thesame directory) as the FrameMaker books were.It used to be that all the files in all the books had to be open whengenerating the PDFs for that to work, but it has been a few yearssince I did that.On Sun, Mar 22, 2015 at 5:58 AM, John Sgammatojohn.sgamm...@actifio.com wrote: I generate a library of PDFs that are delivered to the customer inside a server that we sell and install for them. Some of our customers are in secure facilities with no outside internet access, so I can't just point them to our knowledge base. I need a way to link from one PDF to another, when they are all served from that customer server.___You are currently subscribed to framers as da...@davidartman.com.Send list messages to framers@lists.frameusers.com.To unsubscribe send a blank email toframers-unsubscr...@lists.frameusers.comor visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/david%40davidartman.comSend administrative questions to listad...@frameusers.com. Visithttp://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.___You are currently subscribed to framers as john.sgamm...@actifio.com.Send list messages to framers@lists.frameusers.com.To unsubscribe send a blank email toframers-unsubscr...@lists.frameusers.comor visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/john.sgammato%40actifio.comSend administrative questions to listad...@frameusers.com. Visithttp://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.
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RE: User's manual vs. User manual

2015-03-16 Thread David Artman
We avoid this issue by naming books after their functional scope:
'Widget' Installation
'Widget' Operation
'Widget' Administration
(etc)

The thinking being (a) we avoid this whole thread, (b) we don't have to superfluous terms like "manual" or "guide" that state the obvious,and (c) end users typically have a functional domain and, as such, only want/need content that addresses their work. Installation is typically one-time, perhaps not even done by the customer; Operation is day-to-day routines; Administration is typically one-time plus regular maintenance andinfrequent adjustments (e.g., new regulations) or additions (e.g., new users due to new employees).Also, a given site might require several Operation manuals but only one Admin manual.

I realize this is more than you asked for, but there's more to consider than just (bad) use of possessive.
David

 Original Message Subject: User's manual vs. User manualFrom: hessiansx4 hessian...@yahoo.comDate: Fri, March 13, 2015 6:10 pmTo: Framers framers@lists.frameusers.com

 Any thoughtson which is preferable for hardware products?


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RE: Conditional text by paragraph tag?

2015-02-11 Thread David Artman
0) Save all files in book.
1) Get condition onto your Clipboard (right-click text with the condition, Copy Special  Conditional Text Format).
2) Find: Paragraph Style [name of paragraph].
3) Replace: By Pasting.
4) Find and Change for one or two, then fire Replace All when you see that it's going to work out.
5) Generate output and peruse. DO NOT save FM files yet! If it boked a couple of times, fix thm; if it borked a ton; rollback to your backup.fm files (you DO automatically save backup.fm files every save, rght? ;) )

HTH;
David

 Original Message Subject: Conditional text by paragraph tag?From: Tim Pann tp...@telecomsys.comDate: Wed, February 11, 2015 3:59 pmTo: "framers@lists.frameusers.com" framers@lists.frameusers.com



Hello,

In Frame 9, is it possible for me to set all text of a given paragraph tag to a particular conditional text format in a single step?

For example, I want to assign the condition “Lisa Info” to all paragraph tags b1 Body1 and bu1 Bullet1, but not to paragraph tag followUp, without going through and selecting each paragraph.

Thank you,

Tim Pann Senior Technical Trainer TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. c: (206) 549-1022
w: (206) 792-2710


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RE: NOT a How Do I. Query re conditionaling table columns

2015-02-06 Thread David Artman
While we're talking underlying theory/structure:I suspect many tables in which one wants to conditionalize a column could be refactored so thatthe columns were instead rows, which are conditionable.

Thoughts?


Yes, theoretically, if you didn't have spanned cells, you could hide/show the cells that make up a column, but since there is no "column" object, there's no place to assign that data. You can conditionalize rows, but cells are a bit of a different beast.It would be possible to make a plugin or script that would assign a condition to the content of all cells in a column, but you'd have to actually delete the cells that make up that column to "hide" it.The closest thing to a column object that you could assign a property to for this purpose would be the "colspec" element in DITA. But in looking, that doesn't allow the outputclass attribute (or other likely attributes) where you'd assign a value that you could check for during some publishing process to hide/delete that column.If I were to want to do this, I'd probably set a marker in the column header to indicate a hide/show property, then set up some sort of process during publishing.
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RE: Basic question: Book revision best practices

2015-02-06 Thread David Artman
One note: If needed, I simply rename the output PDF filename if I want to have the version number in the name.

Doing this breaks inter-document links, if you generated a set of PDFs while all of their BOOK files were open (the easiest way to do it). I firmly advicate naming your BOOK to match your final PDF; and only using letters, numbers, underscores (_) and hyphens (-)in the file names (mainly for OS interoperability and clean-looking URLs).

YMMV:
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Adobe Shared Review methods

2015-02-06 Thread David Artman
Since it's come up, I've had one niggling issue with Adobe SHare Review at our site that I just work around, but it's bugging me. I'll try to be brief, assuming anyone who can answe knows the basics.

* Using a network share, same share every time.
* Each development draft is saved with a suffix: "Initial Draft", "Review Draft", "Verify Draft".
* Shared review isn't send by email but rather manually: I email a hyperlink to the single, saved draft.
* When ended, I archive to a sub-folder of the reviews folder, for legacy (and permissions control, so no one 'rewrites history').

SO.. EVERY time I make a review, it wants to name it. My question: WHAT is saved in a named review type? My process never changes, but my file names always change; and so I'm concerned about using the same saved review type in the event it renames the PDF.

It has seemed to me that the saved review type function 'assumes' you are always cycling the same file/filename...?

Thanks;
David
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RE: Basic question: Book revision best practices

2015-02-05 Thread David Artman
HUGE subject, but I'll just note one element:

 Now I want to make changes, so it will become version 1.1. What do best practices say to do? I assume save all content, TOC, and title files as new "v1-1" files. Should I create a new "v1-1" book file into which the v1-1 content goes? Or should the book file itself be version agnostic?I'd recommend eactly the opposite:
* Do NOT use any version-specific text in FM file names.
* DO use version-specific names in the BOOK files (as that's what the PDF will eventually be called; and renaming a PDF post-generation breaks inter-document links). Just make a copy of the previous BOOK file, rename it to the next version, and archive the old BOOK file (or not, whatever).
* Control ALL references to version in FM files with variables, that you can easily change them BOOK-wide with Import Formats (Variables only).
* OPTIONAL: Use Conditions to maintain version-specific changes: "Deprecated" and "New" are sufficient for most stuff and allow for highlighting changes in review; and if you need to note when/why, add a "Release" Condition in which you note (e.g., "[Removed in v1.1 per John Doe]" or "[Workaround no longer needed; fixed in v1.1]).
A more-complex Conditional version-tracking would require you to manage a lot more (i.e., you could end up with a nightmare of overlapping conditionality for persistent features with minor tweaks each release). If you are already doing something to archive (ZIP up and stow away, even) each version's full set of working files, it's trivial to roll back, and you do not reeally need such 'always-visible' deltas fwith a single, canonical set of working files.

Again, HUGE subject, and I onl touched on the simplest method of maintining version history and simplify review for your SMEs.

HTH;
David
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RE: Cannot import graphics

2015-01-23 Thread David Artman
Another note about file types: If you are using EPS files that DO NOT have embedded TIFF 'previews', then there's nothing for FrameMaker to show (IIRC; and if that hasn't been changed post-FM8).

HTH;
David

 Original Message From: David Spreadbury dspre...@yahoo.comDate: Thu, January 22, 2015 11:48 am

...

Could this be related to the graphic format? I know that a vector graphic would require more resources than a bit-mapped graphic. If you are loading vector graphics, i.e., .eps, you might just be seeing a lag during the import.
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RE: Customizing anchored frames in FM12 (unstructured)

2015-01-09 Thread David Artman
THAT, is a clever hack, Pat! As soon as I read "one-cell" I was smacking my forehead.

DCA

 Original Message From: "Christenson, Pat" pchristen...@ftportfolios.comDate: Fri, January 09, 2015 2:51 pmHere's a workaround for underlining the screen cap (if I understand the problem correctly):Create a one-cell table.Place the image  anchored frame in the cell.Use Custom Ruling  Shading to set a custom ruling on the bottom border of the cell.Use Table Designer to adjust the Bottom Cell Margin to move the bottom border closer or further from the frame.Pat Christenson
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RE: Setup has detected . . .

2015-01-09 Thread David Artman
Hopefully I'm not too late to help!

I actually got a new system at work today and fully rebuilt my production environment before lunch (FM8 + CS5  AcroPro9  oXygen  all updates across the system).

As it wasn't my first rodeo with Frame and the terrible PDF support, I knew to do the following:
1) Install FM8 but DO NOT install "PDF Creation"from the FM disk (8 prompts; later it might be a checkbox).
2) Install all FM8 updates, in order, from the web. 
3) InstallPhotoShop and Illustrator ONLY from CS5.
4) Install Acrobat Pro 9, full (even all language support).
5) Install all my other helpers and oXygen (we are in transition to DITA/XML).
6) Run Windows Update. Twice.
7) Update Java (incidental; we use vCloud Director).
8) THEN run Adobe Updater.

Done. The critical step, as your friend deduced, is not to let FrameMaker do ANYTHING to setup Acrobat, Distiller, PDF Printer, etc: nothing. And only install Acrobat Pro after ALL other Adobe products are installed: let it do it's thing without any chance of something dumber coming along and "fixing" it.

HTH;
David
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RE: Wildcard search

2014-12-29 Thread David Artman
Roger, do you have many instances where a hyphen *is* intended? If not, you could brute-force replace all then go back and tune those you didn't want replaced (e.g., if they're, say, part numbers in a handful of tables).

Alternately, export to MIF and use any programmer's text editor (e.g., Notepad++) to do a regular _expression_ search and replace, similar to your Word example. Then open MIF and re-save as FM.

HTH;
David


 Original Message From: Roger Shuttleworth shutti...@gmail.comDate: Mon, December 29, 2014 9:23 amHello AllI'm using FrameMaker 11.I have a document containing a lot of number ranges that use a hyphen instead of an en-dash; for example, 1-3. I'd like to replace the hyphen while preserving the preceding and following numbers.In Word I'd use a wildcard search for ([0-9])-([0-9]) and replace with \1-\2, where \1 and \2 represent the values in the parentheses (and sorry, I can't type an en-dash in this message). When I try this with FM it doesn't find anything.How do you preserve the values in FM?Thanks.Roger Shuttleworth
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RE: Consistent Conditional Text

2014-11-12 Thread David Artman
Thanks for the FM7 advice, Fred; but it seems to have been undone by FM8.0(p277).

Interestingly, while I was testing whether it still worked like that, I found a bigger gotcha for folks who edit conditional text without condition indicators or text symbols visible:
* [FM8.0] If you are in the middle of conditional text and you press Enter, then immediately press Backspace (to 'undo' the paragraph break), and then continue typing... the text that you type is no longer conditional(!).The automatically-unconditional paragraph break—even when deleted—creates a sort of 'seam' between what is now *two* conditional-markup ranges; and you end up typing 'between'the seam edges and not in the conditional markup.

As I wrote before: this behavior is completely counterintuitive for me; and I cannot think of a single use case in which one would prefer to have a typed paragraph break inside a condtional-markup range *automatically* becomeunconditional. [I *can* think of use cases where one choose to make the pilcrow of a conditional paragraph unconditional... but they're degenerate/weird cases and certainly not something I'd do by *default*.]

David


 Original Message From: Fred Ridder docu...@hotmail.comDate: Mon, November 10, 2014 11:02 am


There is a fairly easy workaround that I used to use in FM7, when I was using conditional text *a lot*. It's been a while since I've used conditional text more than occasionally, so I can't guarantee it still works. Basically, if you press Enter in the middle of a conditionalized paragraph, the new pilcrow *will* be conditional. The problem is only wen the insertion point immediately precedes the pilcrow. So the workaround it to enter a space and then use the cursor key to move to the left of the space before you press Enter. That way, there is conditinal content on both sides of the IP, and the new pilcrow will have the condition applied to it.-Fred Ridder
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RE: Consistent Conditional Text

2014-11-10 Thread David Artman
Yes, you must always turn on View  Text Symbols when you are performing conditional markup (and troubleshooting).

The 'gotcha' in FrameMaker is that if you are typing inside of a condition and press Enter for a new paragraph, FM does NOT conditionalize the pilcrow.

[I do not know why this is the default behavior; I've always considered it a significant bug, but maybe there's a logical reason for it to default to that behavior and have no way to change it...?]

David

 Original Message You need to include the paragraph marker at the end of the bulleted or non-bulleted paragraph in the conditional text. That is not a rule of thumb, it is simply telling Frame which portion of content (visible or non-visible) to make conditional. It might help to switch on the display of hidden characters, such as paragraph endings and tabs, so you can see when they are included in your conditional sections. Does anyone have a list of rules of thumb when using conditional text ? I When I mark the text the results that I get when I turn the conditions on or off are inconsistent. For example if I have a bulleted list and I only want certain bullets to appear under certain conditions when I hide the condition the bullet remains (i.e., I am left with a bullet and no text) when I want both the text and the bullet to be removed if the bulleted item is not supposed to show up. Another such occurrence is if I select a paragraph that is conditional and I hide the condition the paragraph is removed but the spacing between the preceding and following paragraphs is not adjusted properly.
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RE: More about characters

2014-08-06 Thread David Artman
http://www.fileformat.info/tip/microsoft/enter_unicode.htm

Specifically:
"
This method works regardless of any of your language settings, but is the most cumbersome to type.

Press and hold down the Alt key.
Press the + (plus) key on the numeric keypad.
Type the hexidecimal unicode value.
Release the Alt key.
Alas, this appears to require a registry setting. It was already set on my computer, but some readers report that this method didn't work for them, and this is probably why. If you don't know what the registry is, please don't try this. Under HKEY_Current_User/Control Panel/Input Method, set EnableHexNumpad to "1". If you have to add it, set the type to be REG_SZ. 
"

Works almost always... sometimes certain applications will get lost on the Alt+A (or B, C, D, E, or F) and trigger a menu shortcut. But FrameMaker's Find/Replace dialog does not.

HTH;
David

 Original Message Subject: More about charactersFrom: Theresa de Valence t...@bstw.comDate: Mon, August 04, 2014 11:22 amTo: "framers@lists.frameusers.com" framers@lists.frameusers.comIn a text box, I know how to insert an ascii character, e.g. ALT+0169. How do I insert a unicode character?Using Find/Replace, how do I search and replace with unicode characters?
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RE: Question about formats for files in book

2014-07-17 Thread David Artman
Personally, I prefer global MPs, RPs, and catalogs. Trying to keep styles separated is a mugs game, especially if you are tasked to change (for example) the baseline body or procedure styles' fonts or what-not. Doing it all in one file and Importing Formats across the whole document set is a lot faster than doing it in X different files and carefully applying selectively. Sure, you might make your files a tad bulkier than necessary (especially if you have a lot of Ref Pages or your book style uses tons of Master Pages), but storage is all-but free these days, so who cares?Also, it makes it easier to see what you've got going, structurally--for example, enforcing a consistent style-naming convention (ahh... I remember those halcyon days...).Pro Tip: preface manually applied style names with a two- or three-letter code, so that F8 and F9 can be used very quickly. Examples:B1 Body FirstBC Body ContinuedS1 Step FirstSX Step ExampleSI Step ImageSS1 Substep FirstSSE Substep Example...Also, you'll thank yourself if you align your style names as closely to DITA XML (or S1000 or whatever applies in your industry), for later migration and for (mild) structure enforcement.I miss making templates :(HTH;David


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Subject: Question about formats for files in book
From: Theresa de Valence t...@bstw.com
Date: Fri, May 30, 2014 10:46 am
To: "framers@lists.frameusers.com" framers@lists.frameusers.com

Hi Framers,

Perhaps this is a philosophical question but it has been my habit to 
make a book with ONE master page set and ONE paragraph catalogue and ONE 
character catalogue. Over the course of building the document, I import 
changes into other files in the same book.

Somehow, I had the idea that this was the way it was done.

With the Frame 12 templates created by Bernard Aschwanden, it seems that 
each template second has only those paragraph and character catalogues 
as are required for that section (e.g. Cover, Legal and Contacts). Of 
course, I might not be quite understanding what's going on yet...

What are your ideas?



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RE: FrameMaker 12 Cloud

2014-05-23 Thread David Artman
If Google Ngrams is to be believed, it was first coined around 1824:
https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=wordmongeryear_start=1800year_end=2000


 Original Message 
From: Steve Rickaby srick...@wordmongers.demon.co.uk
Date: Tue, May 20, 2014 2:05 pm

Ps. Word Mongers - hmm, nice name. I've been called a Word Carver. I hope it 
was a compliment!

I thought I'd invented the term 'wordmonger' (in 1995, during a bout of
more than usually furious concentration), as in 'one who sells words',
but years later I discovered that the word already existed, and meant 'a
writer who uses words for show or without particular regard for
meaning'.

Sigh. Such is life.
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RE: OT: looking for a font designer

2014-01-22 Thread David Artman
FontCreator is a LOT cheaper than contracting a font designer, if you already have the art and just need it put into a font file. (It's tantamount to hiring an architect just to do drafting... or hiring a technical writer just to copy  paste between two applications. ;) )DIY, I sayDavid


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Subject: OT: looking for a font designer
From: Yves Barbion yves.barb...@gmail.com
Date: Mon, January 20, 2014 10:56 am
To: framers@lists.frameusers.com

Hi groupI've got Illustrator EPS vector graphics which I use as icons for notes, warnings, tips etc. I'd like to create a custom (OpenType) font for these icons, so I can create a character format and use that in my autonumbering. So, I'm looking for a professional font designer/developer who can do this. Any ideas/suggestions/recommendations?Thanks-- Yves Barbionwww.scripto.nu



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Durham, NC Job Listing

2014-01-09 Thread David Artman
We have an opening at my company for a Senior Tech Writer:https://parata.applicantpro.com/jobs/62162.html
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RE: What is the current fm version...

2013-12-06 Thread David Artman
Rather than merely give John a fish:http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=22platform=Windows(and for up to v7:)http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=22platform=Macintosh(and for up to v8:)http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=22platform=unixDavid
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RE: Choosing a Help Format

2013-11-22 Thread David Artman
 Original Message 
From: Fei Min Lorente feimin.lore...@onsemi.com
Date: Fri, November 22, 2013 10:53 am

And we weren't worried about OmniHelp losing files; we are worried about
users going in and messing with them. Is there any way to lock them
down?

 Security through obscurity: how in the heck will anyone FIND the file that 
 they want to edit? :)
 More seriously, you could try applying read-only attribute tot he files after 
 generation (or as part of generation, with a script?). Doesn't guarantee no 
 tampering, but makes those folks who would try have to think twice.
 Also, perhaps your overall help system footer should have a feedback 
 button, which allows someone to email a suggestion for edit, tagged with the 
 topic ID/heading? Give folks a chance to pass the buck back to you, and you 
 should be able to mitigate any tendencies to hack/'fix' content outside of 
 normal change control.
 THAT said... doesn't your company have management who can say, Hey, don't 
 hack the content! Contact Documentation? If you have folks bypassing normal 
 change control, that fundamentally an operational breakdown, not something 
 you should have to programatically prevent.
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Choosing a Help Format

2013-11-22 Thread David Artman
 Original Message 
From: Fei Min Lorente 
Date: Fri, November 22, 2013 10:53 am

And we weren't worried about OmniHelp losing files; we are worried about
users going in and messing with them. Is there any way to lock them
down?

> Security through obscurity: how in the heck will anyone FIND the file that 
> they want to edit? :)
> More seriously, you could try applying read-only attribute tot he files after 
> generation (or as part of generation, with a script?). Doesn't guarantee no 
> tampering, but makes those folks who would try have to think twice.
> Also, perhaps your overall help system footer should have a "feedback" 
> button, which allows someone to email a suggestion for edit, tagged with the 
> topic ID/heading? Give folks a chance to pass the buck back to you, and you 
> should be able to mitigate any tendencies to hack/'fix' content outside of 
> normal change control.
> THAT said... doesn't your company have management who can say, "Hey, don't 
> hack the content! Contact Documentation"? If you have folks bypassing normal 
> change control, that fundamentally an operational breakdown, not something 
> you should have to programatically prevent.


RE: batch import formats

2013-11-08 Thread David Artman
I'd just make a single-use BOOK file, drag them all in, and apply across the book.Get coffee.Then destroy the (now-pointless) book.Writing a FrameScript would take long, I imagine, but YMMVDavid


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Subject: batch import formats
From: Anneke von den Hoff a.vondenh...@tedopres.com
Date: Fri, November 08, 2013 2:51 am
To: "framers@lists.frameusers.com" framers@lists.frameusers.com

Hello Framers,I have about 6,000 unstructured framemaker (FM9) documents that need an update of the template formats.The files are in different folders on a filesystem.We could open all these files and import the formats manually, but maybe there is a less time consuming way to do this.Does anyone know if this could this be done with FrameScript?Thanks,Anneke Von den Hoff___


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RE: Insert image as H/F variable - script

2013-10-25 Thread David Artman
So you need a graphic to change in the H/F on a continuous, page-by-page basis, driven by a single manual marker insertion which then dictates the value of a header variable until a new marker is inserted? Hmm...Without scripting, I got nothin'. VERY tricky problem, with vanilla Framemaker.Good luck with the scripting solution that I see you pursuing in later posts.Sorry that I couldn't help more;David


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Subject: Re: Insert image as H/F variable - script
From: Wim Hooghwinkel - idtp w...@idtp.eu
Date: Wed, October 23, 2013 10:18 am
To: David Artman da...@davidartman.com
Cc: "framers@lists.frameusers.com" framers@lists.frameusers.com

Well, I guess the current use case is fairly simple. Suppose we use a marker in the text: Header/Footer $1. This marker has as content the name of the image, let's say Pict0001. The Running H/F will display the text (Pict0001). So what we need is an extend script that replaces the H/F text with the actual image: Pict0001.jpg.As I'm still not able to write scripts - too busy with other things I guess - can someone advise me on such a script, would it be very difficult? In the workflow it should be automatically triggered once the XML is opened in FM (10), so that the use experiences it as 'real' H/F. We'll need a manual 'reload' action of course in case of repagination and content change. For ease of use we can put the complete path of the image in the marker of course, or use a relative path. Vriendelijke groet / Kind regards,Wim Hooghwinkel  Op 18 okt. 2013, om 19:13 heeft David Artman da...@davidartman.com het volgende geschreven:Can you provide more details or an actual use case?We toggle between BW and color product logos in H/Fs using conditions on the anchor frames the images. But that's book-wide, not 'reactive' or variable based on chapter-specific content (i.e., paratext of a paratag).    Original Message  Subject: Insert image as H/F variable From: Wim Hooghwinkel - idtp w...@idtp.eu Date: Fri, October 18, 2013 4:29 am To: "framers@lists.frameusers.com" framers@lists.frameusers.com  Hi,one of my clients wants to use images as (in) H/F variables. This can not be done using default FM functions, as a variable can not contain an image.Has anyone handled this kind of formatting and can give me some suggestions? Or may be someone has a script available to replace H/F with an image - I guess an image that should be taken from the content, just like a H/F takes the heading text from the content.Note: this is structured FM (XML, not DITA) and currently moving tom FM7 to FM10/11.thanks, Vriendelijke groet / Kind regards,Wim Hooghwinkel


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RE: Insert image as H/F variable

2013-10-18 Thread David Artman
Can you provide more details or an actual use case?We toggle between BW and color product logos in H/Fs using conditions on the anchor frames the images. But that's book-wide, not 'reactive' or variable based on chapter-specific content (i.e., paratext of a paratag).


 Original Message 
Subject: Insert image as H/F variable
From: Wim Hooghwinkel - idtp w...@idtp.eu
Date: Fri, October 18, 2013 4:29 am
To: "framers@lists.frameusers.com" framers@lists.frameusers.com

Hi,one of my clients wants to use images as (in) H/F variables. This can not be done using default FM functions, as a variable can not contain an image.Has anyone handled this kind of formatting and can give me some suggestions? Or may be someone has a script available to replace H/F with an image - I guess an image that should be taken from the content, just like a H/F takes the heading text from the content.Note: this is structured FM (XML, not DITA) and currently moving tom FM7 to FM10/11.thanks, Vriendelijke groet / Kind regards,Wim HooghwinkelInformation Energy 2013 –LeadingConference on Innovation inKnowledge and Information ExchangeIEn2013tel. +31652036811Skype wimhooghwinkelTwitter @idtp @ien2013i...@idtp.euwww.idtp.euFrameMaker support:framema...@idtp.eu  ___


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RE: FrameMaker: Is any version URL-aware?

2013-10-01 Thread David Artman
 Original Message 
From: VLM TechSubs techs...@vibrantlivingministries.org
Date: Sun, September 29, 2013 11:26 pm
... 
Guess FrameMaker is a bit behind the curve when it comes to the
Internet, eh? And … it will work, so that’s just grand!
...

In defense of FrameMaker; it doesn't assume the mere text of a URL
should be active; it makes that your prerogative. In that sense, it's
much more like an HTML editing environment than a word processor. There
are many cases in which one would very much NOT want a URL to be
auto-hyperlinked (e.g., a code snippet intended to be copied).
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FrameMaker: Is any version URL-aware?

2013-09-30 Thread David Artman
 Original Message 
From: "VLM TechSubs" 
Date: Sun, September 29, 2013 11:26 pm
... 
Guess FrameMaker is a bit behind the curve when it comes to the
Internet, eh? And ? it will work, so that?s just grand!
...

In defense of FrameMaker; it doesn't assume the mere text of a URL
should be active; it makes that your prerogative. In that sense, it's
much more like an HTML editing environment than a word processor. There
are many cases in which one would very much NOT want a URL to be
auto-hyperlinked (e.g., a code snippet intended to be copied).


RE: Autonumbering Puzzle for an Ordered List Numbering Scheme

2013-08-25 Thread David Artman
Your centering problem is easily solved by having a new style called "Bullet Number 10+" that you use for enumeration above 9, with slightly different tab stops than "Bullet Number". That's a bit of a hack in modern FM autonumbering strategies; but you're already using n=1 (rather than an introductory heading that resets with "N: =0") so I guess you're cool with more-manual style selection.As for the bizarre enumeration sequence... I got nuthin'--never seen such a thing in 15 years. Do you have some kind of character style applied to the autonumber that could (somehow?!?) be rendering backwards? Hmmm... or maybe the first "\t" is a right-aligned tab stop and it is setup weird (like, with line height and space below = 0) and so what you're seeing is a line wrap? That would cause this "left-to-right reading number"... maybeAs an experiment, I'd try my creation of "Bullet Number 10+" and see if the problem goes away...? Or MAYBE make a "Bullet Number 10" which forces "N:\tn=10\t" with the new, slightly-more-to-the-right tab stop position; and then use "Bullet Number 11+" to increment further? *shudder*Kneejerk Response #13: Any chance of refactoring content not to run over 9 items? Like, if these are callouts to a diagram, can you start with an 'overview' set of callouts, and then cross-reference to more-specific 'sub-callouts' in subsequent diagrams? For example:"Diagram overview"full image1 FOO region of the WIDGET. See "FOO region" below2 BAR region of the WIDGET. See "BAR region" below."FOO region"zoomed-in image1 ...2 ...3 ..."BAR region"zoomed-in image1 ...2 ...3 ...That would buy you 99 potential callouts (or steps, whatever) without needing to solve either the centering problem or the bizarre enumeration bug.HTH;DavidAs shown below, the autonumbering works fine up to "9," but then goes to "01," "11," "21," and so forth. (As you can see, we also have centering issues to eventually resolve.)What you are looking at is a glyph in "Bullet" Paragraph Tag (autonumber = B:●\t). "Bullet" is a run-in paragraph.  The next tag is "Bullet Number" (autonumber = N:\tn=1\t) or (N:\tn+\t). This is a non-run-in paragraph.  We've experimented with resets and changes to series designations between the run-in and the non-run-in paragraphs, but nothing we've tried so far has worked. The best we've managed is to produce a "10," but the "10" appears at the beginning of the list, followed by numbers 1 through 9, and then numbers that increment in 10s, as before; that is, "01," "11," "21," and so forth. 


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RE: Unavailable fonts message - incorrect?

2013-08-25 Thread David Artman
Excellent summary from Fred!I'll just add the (very minor) point that SVG graphics can have font information in them, too. If the font's glyphs used in the SVG's aren't embedded, that would trigger this FM error.


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Subject: RE: Unavailable fonts message - incorrect?
From: Fred Ridder docu...@hotmail.com... They can even be hiding in certain types of graphic objects that contain font specifications (PDF, EPS, WMF, EMF).



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RE: Catalog definitions ... fonts not available

2013-08-08 Thread David Artman
You could save the template(s) as MIF and search for the offending font. It's probably on some Reference page or tucked on a Master Page or some-such. Change the missing font name to the name of an available font (or just use the MIF to investigate where it's occurring, and use FrameMaker on its FM file to make the changes).Alternately, disable "Remember Missing Fonts" in Preferences, open the template(s), let font substitution do its thing, and then re-save. Shouldn't bother you any more.David


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Subject: Catalog definitions ... fonts not available
From: Alastair Dent alastair.d...@imgtec.com
Date: Tue, August 06, 2013 5:08 am
Ok, I’ve inherited some Frame docs that use Helvetica, Times and Courier. Those fonts aren’t on my system.  I’m using these docs to create a template.  I’ve opened the book and all documents, then used the Fonts pod to locate missing fonts and replace with an existing font. I’ve saved the documents, closed and re-opened them.  I still get the ‘missing fonts’ message. The error log says that the catalog contains fonts that aren’t on my system.  Obviously the styles catalog has styles using the missing fonts (but those styles aren’t used in my documents).  What is the best way of tackling this?  Alastair Dent



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RE: Can a variable be used in a numbering scheme in Frame V8?

2013-05-06 Thread David Artman
This is a commonly wished for feature that FrameMaker doesn't support.

If you describe the actual details, we might be able to kludge a method
(e.g., run-in heading containing a Ref Page placement of the variable in
a text box plus some leading tricks, followed by the autonumbered format
using Next Pgf).

Details?
David
 Original Message 
Subject: Can a variable be used in a numbering scheme in Frame V8?
From: Lisa Freeman lfree...@oneil.com
Date: Fri, May 03, 2013 7:52 am
To: framers@lists.frameusers.com framers@lists.frameusers.com

  Hello All,
  
 I have structured books in FrameMaker version 8 (customer requirement)
and am having difficulties when trying to create a numbering scheme.
Here’s the situation:
  
 The incoming data is xml given to me as Sections. My read/write rules
and EDD create a book at the Section level and FM files for each
SubSection within. 
  
 I have an attribute at the SubSection level that I am using as a
variable running header/footer on my master pages. This works
wonderfully for the headings, page numbers, etc. 
  
 I am trying to figure out how to use that same variable on the Body
pages within an autonumbering format. I am finding lots of ways to use
the variable within the text of the body pages but nothing about using
it in the autonumber format.
  
 Is this even possible? If so, can someone please point me in the right
direction?
  
 FYI – I do have control of the EDD, read/write rules etc., and can
ask for changes in the xml tagging scheme provided to me.
  
 Thank you in advance for any ideas you may have!
  
 Sincerely,
 Lisa Freeman
 Publication Support Analyst
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Can a variable be used in a numbering scheme in Frame V8?

2013-05-06 Thread David Artman
This is a commonly wished for feature that FrameMaker doesn't support.

If you describe the actual details, we might be able to kludge a method
(e.g., run-in heading containing a Ref Page placement of the variable in
a text box plus some leading tricks, followed by the autonumbered format
using "Next Pgf").

Details?
David
 Original Message 
Subject: Can a variable be used in a numbering scheme in Frame V8?
From: Lisa Freeman 
Date: Fri, May 03, 2013 7:52 am
To: "framers at lists.frameusers.com" 

  Hello All,

 I have structured books in FrameMaker version 8 (customer requirement)
and am having difficulties when trying to create a numbering scheme.
Here?s the situation:

 The incoming data is xml given to me as Sections. My read/write rules
and EDD create a book at the Section level and FM files for each
SubSection within. 

 I have an attribute at the SubSection level that I am using as a
variable running header/footer on my master pages. This works
wonderfully for the headings, page numbers, etc. 

 I am trying to figure out how to use that same variable on the Body
pages within an autonumbering format. I am finding lots of ways to use
the variable within the text of the body pages but nothing about using
it in the autonumber format.

 Is this even possible? If so, can someone please point me in the right
direction?

 FYI ? I do have control of the EDD, read/write rules etc., and can
ask for changes in the xml tagging scheme provided to me.

 Thank you in advance for any ideas you may have!

 Sincerely,
 Lisa Freeman
 Publication Support Analyst


RE: OT: Book Suggestion - Fonts

2013-04-26 Thread David Artman
I'm more into *typefaces*--I need multiple sizes. ;)
David

 Original Message 
Subject: OT: Book Suggestion - Fonts
From: Alison Craig alison.cr...@ultrasonix.com
Date: Thu, April 25, 2013 5:11 pm
... 
As technical writers, many of you will be interested in fonts.
...
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OT: Book Suggestion - Fonts

2013-04-26 Thread David Artman
I'm more into *typefaces*--I need multiple sizes. ;)
David

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Subject: OT: Book Suggestion - Fonts
From: Alison Craig 
Date: Thu, April 25, 2013 5:11 pm
... 
As technical writers, many of you will be interested in fonts.
...


What is the recommended way of having a TOC appear in multiple places of a book?

2013-03-18 Thread David Artman
In Structured FrameMaker:

* Put all the files in one "super book"
* Set the Pagination and Numbering settings, particularly the Volume
settings
* Generate a single TOC and Index for the super book
* Place TOC and Index in both sub-books
* Print to PDF
* Split into separate PDFs in Acrobat

You'll probably want to money with the Index specification, as
multi-book indexing references can be... trying.

This will work in any version of FrameMaker that supports Volume naming
and numbering (7.0+, IIRC).

The Structured method is totally different (and I only know IBMIDDOC's
method, not DITA/FM-XML).

HTH;
David

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Subject: What is the recommended way of having a TOC appear in multiple
places of a book?
From: john.x.pos...@us.hsbc.com
Date: Thu, March 14, 2013 3:53 pm
To: "framers at lists.frameusers.com" 

Hi, guys...

I have a 1,500+ FM11 book that is divided into two volumes. The book has
a
TOC and Index with both volumes. Both Volume 1 and 2 have covers and the
pagination starts at 1 for each volume. Everything good. It's also
conceivable that I'll eventually have Volumes 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Now, I want to put the same TOC in the front of both Volumes and the
Index
at the end of both volume.. What is the suggested approach?

Thanks

John Posada


SOLVED: Cannot find the file named...

2013-03-01 Thread David Artman
Ah, Windows 7 It's always Windows, innit?
In this case, it's the much-maligned User Access Control settings. 

1) Navigate to Control Panel > System and Security > Action Center.
2) Click "Change User Access Control settings".
3) Set the slider to Never Notify and click OK.

Double-click your BOOK file on your network share and watch it open in
FM8.0p277.

I have *no* idea how my UAC got tweaked--probably because of driver
installations to communicate over a USB Serial Port.

HTH;
David Artman


RE: Cannot find the file named...

2013-02-28 Thread David Artman
Thanks, Heiko, but I don't understand how the OS or network gets
fingered when ALL other applications that I use work normally. Even
Adobe applications.

If Frame is too impatient, that's a BUG, not a 'problem' with the
ever-so-slow network. I was hoping to learn about some kind of INI file
setting (make it more patient, perhaps?) or known conflicts with other
applications, which can bork up the automatic application launching.

If the gods are good, I won't be using FM any more in a quarter or two,
so I'll just bull along with the broken beast until then. I don't have
the bandwidth to rebuild my work machine to try to blindly ferret out
some conflict or screwed up FM DLL or whatever

Thanks anyway;
David

 Original Message 
From: Heiko Haida i...@heiko-haida.de
Date: Tue, February 26, 2013 2:06 pm

 Hello David,
 lately I have a similar problem: double-clicking takes vey long to
start the application and to open the file, whereas the normal Open
dialog from within the application works as usual.
 This is not always the case, but if, then it happens with any
application, also MS Word, Excel and so on. 
Here it helped to uncheck the DDE option for those file-types (which is
not possible for Frame-files), but today I saw that the option is
checked again mysteriously.
 So my guess about this would be that its rather a problem with the OS
or with the network, not necessarily with FrameMaker.
FM seems to expect a quick answer from the OS and handles the delay as
file error (my interpretation, only a guess).
 I am using Windows XP here, by the way.
If someone has an explanation to this problem, I would also be very
glad.
 Best regards
 Tino H. Haida, Berlin
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Cannot find the file named...

2013-02-28 Thread David Artman
Thanks, Heiko, but I don't understand how the OS or network gets
fingered when ALL other applications that I use work normally. Even
Adobe applications.

If Frame is too impatient, that's a BUG, not a 'problem' with the
ever-so-slow network. I was hoping to learn about some kind of INI file
setting (make it more patient, perhaps?) or known conflicts with other
applications, which can bork up the automatic application launching.

If the gods are good, I won't be using FM any more in a quarter or two,
so I'll just bull along with the broken beast until then. I don't have
the bandwidth to rebuild my work machine to try to blindly ferret out
some conflict or screwed up FM DLL or whatever

Thanks anyway;
David

 Original Message 
From: Heiko Haida 
Date: Tue, February 26, 2013 2:06 pm

 Hello David,
 lately I have a similar problem: double-clicking takes vey long to
start the application and to open the file, whereas the normal Open
dialog from within the application works as usual.
 This is not always the case, but if, then it happens with any
application, also MS Word, Excel and so on. 
Here it helped to uncheck the DDE option for those file-types (which is
not possible for Frame-files), but today I saw that the option is
checked again mysteriously.
 So my guess about this would be that its rather a problem with the OS
or with the network, not necessarily with FrameMaker.
FM seems to expect a quick answer from the OS and handles the delay as
file error (my interpretation, only a guess).
 I am using Windows XP here, by the way.
If someone has an explanation to this problem, I would also be very
glad.
 Best regards
 Tino H. Haida, Berlin


RE: Cannot find the file named...

2013-02-27 Thread David Artman
Yes, I get the error with FM and BOOK files (but I won't work FMs
without opening them from a BOOK, so...).

No, I don't get the error with local FM or BOOK files.

I see no changes in behavior based on time, though I haven't tried to
completely error-trap (i.e., once I have the BOOK open, I get to work
and generally don't close it until end of day).

...So it would seem that it's FrameMaker's fault, still; but it is only
related to network drives. I'm wondering, now, if it has to do with the
path name(s) containing a space or an exclamation mark (!). Or if it
somehow has to do with the difference between the share name and the
mapped drive name.

Anyway, thanks for the follow-up... but FrameMaker is still the only
product (even the only Adobe product) doing this to me; everything else
I use day-to-day functions just like it has in networked Windows
environments since, oh, 1997...?

Maybe I should roll back to v5.5? ;)
David

 Original Message 
From: Reng, Dr. Winfried wr...@tycoint.com
Date: Tue, February 26, 2013 2:26 am

Hi David,

When you mention that the files are o a network, did you also
test when the files are on your local hard drive?
What happens when you double-click on regular FrameMaker
files (not books)? Do you get the error message as well?
Does your boot process take longer and you get differing results
when you try to open directly after restarting Windows and half an hour
later?

Best regards

Winfried

 -Original Message-
 Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 7:41 PM

 Update: Ad, when I resumed work after lunch (no reboot) it worked to
 double-click the BOOK file to open it.

 Suspicious, I rebooted my system... and it doesn't work again (same
 sequence as in previous email, below).

 It's off a network file share, but that shouldn't be the problem because
 (a) I open a folder on the share to find the BOOK file to double click
 it without a problem, and (b) I've worked the exact same way for over a
 year, on the same network, share, and files without a hiccup.

 I got NO clue what to do
 David

  Original Message 
 From: David Artman da...@davidartman.com
 Date: Mon, February 25, 2013 10:33 am

 Hi, all;

 Latest, out-of-the-blue functional bug on FM8.0p277, Win 7:

 1) Navigate to working folder for project [just like every day].
 2) Double-click BOOK file.
 FrameMaker opens, them immediately displays the following message:
 Cannot find the file named __. Make sure that the file exists.
 3) Click OK on that message.
 4) On the FrameMaker menu, click File  1 [file_name].
 FrameMaker immediately displays the same error message as in step 2,
 then FrameMaker displays the Open dialog, at the project folder root
 (i.e., last folder to which I wrote files).
 5) Double-click the BOOK file in the Open dialog.
 The BOOK file opens in FrameMaker.

 Same behavior if I try to do the above with a standalone FM file.

 I have, over the course of days, installed software that does various
 things to interface with the hardware that I am documenting, so it's
 possible something went pear-shaped with Windows. I'm *inclined* to
 blame FM because (a) Windows knows the BOOK should open Frame, and
 sends
 it to Frame, and only THEN does Frame claim not to find it; and (b) it's
 FrameMaker 8. By Adobe. So, yeah

 Any ideas what I could do to repair whatever's gone wrong? I'm comfy
 manipulating INI file and the Windows Registry. But I can't reinstall
 FM8, though I *have* rolled back and reapplied all patches (p266 is 155
 MB, so I imagine it's pretty thoroughly updating everything). This
 problem persists through daily reboots.
 Thanks in advance;
 David

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