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

2016-11-07 Thread louisek
Hi Lin, FWIW, I vote for separate chapter files too. I prefer the generated TOC and Index book files, instead of generating standalone files and pasting them in manually. Louise - Original Message - From: "Lin Sims" To: "Ken Poshedly" ,

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

2016-11-07 Thread Robert Lauriston
I thought you were talking about separate .fm files for ease of generating separate PDFs. Otherwise, individual .fm files for each chapter seem to me like a relic of the days when computers didn't have enough memory to handle a whole book. If you have to embed the graphics, that might be a

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

2016-11-07 Thread Flummerfelt, Robert
I agree with Rick Quatro. -Original Message- From: Framers [mailto:framers-bounces+flummerc=nv.doe@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Robert Lauriston Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 1:06 PM To: framers@lists.frameusers.com Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [Framers] Pros/Cons: Separate file

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

2016-11-07 Thread Lin Sims
Pretty much what it says in the title. I'm guessing there have been discussions about this in the past, and I plan to look for those, but I thought I'd toss this out there anyway. We're talking chapters that can run a couple hundred (or more) pages loaded with tables, graphics, and conditional

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

2016-11-07 Thread Rick Quatro
Hi Lin, No question in my mind: Separate files for each chapter, mainly because it easier to author, reorganize, and maintain separate FrameMaker documents. FrameMaker books work quite well for organizing documents. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Rick Rick Quatro

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

2016-11-07 Thread Ken Poshedly
Lin, We also use unstructured FM11.0 to produce files that are distilled down to pdf files for hard copy printing (and maybe distribution on CD, but not so much). As such, we compile separate chapter files then assemble them into a final book in FM. Much more manageable that way (at least for

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

2016-11-07 Thread Ed Nodland
Also beneficial for multiple editors working on the same book in different chapters and configuration control when one chapter is changed often and others rarely change. I also have other elements such as large tables that are maintained externally or commonly used content managed as external

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

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

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

2016-11-07 Thread grant
Here is another vote for a separate file per chapter. Also make your images references and resize them (120ppi and less than your page width is a good rule of thumb). Grant Happy user of Frame since 1990. On November 7, 2016 at 11:54 AM Rick Quatro

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

2016-11-07 Thread Lin Sims
I think I touched a nerve. Yeah, my personal inclination is one chapter per file, unless we're talking a really short document of less than 20 pages. Nice to know that I'm not alone; however, I'm really looking for reasons why using a chapter per file is better than using one file for an entire

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

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

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

2016-11-07 Thread Rick Quatro
The issue is not a single PDF versus separate PDFs for each chapter. The issue is separate FrameMaker files for each chapter. With separate chapters managed in a FrameMaker book, you still create a single PDF for your output. -Original Message- From: Framers

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

2016-11-07 Thread Lin Sims
The book PDFs usually run in the 3-10MB range. Individual chapters in FM format can run up to 30MB or more. And as Rick said, we're talking about a single FM file per chapter in a book, then generating a single PDF for the book, not separate PDFs for each chapter. (I wish we could reference