This is my first time creating an index in FrameMaker in over 10 years, so
I'm a bit out of touch. The last time I had to do this, we just printed
the manual; we didn't publish it as a PDF.
Now I've discovered that when I have a "see" or "see also" reference in my
index, the PDF version of the
Yes, I did download a trial version and I've finished taking it for a
spin. It does exactly what I needed. Sundorne Communications has another
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Fred Ridder wrote on 09/17/2007 02:33:04 PM:
> ... But if you look at some of the data that is available in
> the investor relations part of the Adobe website, the reason
> seems pretty clear. According to these figures, the category
> of Adobe products called "Other", which includes among a
I just found this yesterday and thought I'd share it with everyone in case
other people don't know it's there:
You have to have an account with Adobe, but since you're all FrameMaker
users I don't think that should be a problem.
I haven't seen anyone reply to this, so here's my two cents.
I gave IXGen a try on structured FrameMaker (7.2) last year and couldn't
get anything useful out of it. Here's a copy of my posting to the
FrameSGML (Adobe FrameMaker Structured Applications) discussion list, May
I agree with Mike. We use CVS with our FrameMaker files. Although it is a
bit annoying that FrameMaker thinks it's changed when it often hasn't, and
CVS can't tell the difference, the source control system is still
extremely useful for all the reasons that Mike gave below. We also find
Actually, I do save my PDFs in the repository because that's part of our
configuration management. Since the PDF files are part of the deliverable
product, they get the same tag as the software files so that if we need to
re-create a deliverable, we can retrieve them from the tag.
Do you mean 1(a) to 1(c)? If so, I would write out the word "to". The "-"
looks too much like a minus sign, and there's enough of a mix of words,
numbers, parentheses and letters in there to discourage using another
symbol that readers have to interpret. If you must use a symbol, I
I'm doing something similar except I haven't got the version control
system part yet. I'm assured by the software guys that I can do this.
We're using the Python scripting language and the FDK.
As for generating PDFs, we had that bad link problem unless we used the
I'm using a tool that WebWorks used to sell called FinalDraft.
Unfortunately, they're no longer selling it, so it won't help you. I just
wanted to ask someone out there to develop a review tool like it because
it has some significant advantages over the FrameMaker-track-changes and
I've had the same problem but it's because when I open a file by
double-clicking on it, I accidentally move the mouse and drag it below the
following file. It doesn't take more than a little movement sometimes.
It's not clear to me whether the same thing is happening to you; are they
I have some unstructured manuals and if there is a blank page at the end
of a chapter (because we want all the chapters to begin on a right-hand
page), we put "This page left blank for printing purposes." Right now I'm
manually deciding when the text should appear (meaning I have to look for
Thanks for the suggestion, Shlomo; I gave it a try.
For any table, I use an AnchorPara style for a tiny paragraph to hold the
table anchor. I put AnchorPara in the Reference Page mapping table and
told it to use the LeftRegular master page for the Left-Hand Master Page,
and gave it a Range
Never mind. I figured out that when I have a row in the mapping table for
any paragraph, I should specify both the Right-hand and Left-hand master
page. I've done that and now everything is working. I've mapped
AnchorPara, Body, Heading1 and the chapter title paragraph styles in that
I'm not sure if I'm missing something here, but can't you generate a
non-structured TOC and index even from a structured document? That's what
I have. My TOC is based on paragraph styles, not elements, and your
structured document still uses those. And although I'm using structured
I'll answer this one because I'm working with text insets currently, so
they're on my mind.
A text inset is different from a text frame. It is text that resides in a
separate file and can be used in one or more FrameMaker files. You insert
the text inset by placing your cursor in
No one's mentioned this yet, so I'll add for all the single-sourcing
people out there that FrameMaker is wonderful for writing things once and
using it many times. Whether you're using conditional text and variables
so that some stuff only shows up in certain flavours of manuals,
Sorry I don't have time to answer all your questions, but there are lots
of better-qualified people on this list who can help you out. My
suggestions for more information are:
The Scriptorium wiki: http://wiki.scriptorium.com/tiki-index.php.
Scriptorium is generally a good source of
I round-trip to XML and I don't translate. I do it for a few reasons:
Some of my SMEs don't like to work in a WYSIWYG environment, so I convert
the chapters to XML and they can use their favourite editor. That also
meant I didn't have to buy them a FrameMaker license.
Some of our
Beyond Compare 3 converts a PDF to text and compares the text. I've heard
that it does a better job than Acrobat's comparison tool, which has a
tendency to hang and shows you irrelevant things like different page
numbers. I've used Acrobat's comparison tool and it can get confused
I'm using FrameMaker 7.2p158, Distiller 6.0.0 5/15/2003, and Windows XP.
We recently noticed that a lot of the cross-references in FrameMaker
didn't translate into working links in the PDF. I use Save As... to turn
it into a PDF. When you put the cursor over the link, it changes to a
I've been using Python to manipulate XML files, and it's free and
friendly. Well, I sit with a lot of professional programmers, so I have
help, but they assure me that it's a wonderful scripting language compared
to many others. Did I mention that it's free?
Here's the download site:
Yes, I've been able to download a copy. I sent an email to this address:
Framemaker-beta at adobe.com
If that's what you did, try my contact: Aseem Dokania (aseem at adobe.com).
He's the FrameMaker Product Manager.
Fei Min Lorente
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