eLearning session on the new User Interface in Adobe FrameMaker 9

The recent launches of our Technical Communication Suite 2 and eLearning Suite have been extremely successful, and we are seeing our customers download the trials in record numbers. As more and more users purchase and begin using our Suites, it’s our hope that not only you use all the applications in the Suites and leverage the tight integration between them, but that you use them in the most efficient and effective way possible.

With this mission in mind, starting next week, I will be leading a series of free live eLearning sessions to help Technical Communicators and eLearning Professionals get started using our products as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.

In order to keep things simple, there’s no registration required, and all you need to participate is a Browser with the Flash Player installed, and a set of computer speakers. We will be using Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro and broadcasting the audio through VoIP, and taking your questions using the chat window in Connect.  Click here to make sure your system is properly configured to participate in these eLearning sessions.

Here’s the information for the first session:

Getting started with the new User Interface in Adobe FrameMaker 9

When: Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 10:00am Pacific Time

Where: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/adobetechcommsuite/

Login instructions: Please click the link above as early as 30 minutes before the start time, enter as Guest, type your Full Name and click Enter Room.  For the audio portion of the meeting, you will need to turn on your computer speakers and adjust the volume appropriately.  I will conduct a series of audio tests as participants begin to join. Click here to make sure your system is properly configured to participate in this eLearning session.

Duration: 90 minutes to accommodate questions, but it’s likely to end before.  Right-click here and save this MS Outlook vCalendar of the meeting on your Calendar.

Session Description: FrameMaker 9 now sports the same user interface that other flagship Adobe products, such as Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver and inDesign have.  This means that not only can you completely customize the display and location of various pods and panels based on the types of documents and tasks you are doing, but also that you can save these settings as workspaces and reuse them in the future, without having to repeatedly rearrange them every time. 

For example, if you are designing templates or authoring unstructured documents, you can configure and save a workspace, which may include the paragraph, character and table designers, plus the paragraph and character catalogs, too.  On the other hand, when you are working with structured documents, XML or DITA files, you can configure the interface to include only the structure view, the elements catalog and the attributes pod.

Through a series of before-and-after scenarios, we will explore how the new Interface in FrameMaker 9 not only makes you be more productive than in previous versions of the product, but also opens new opportunities for working faster with features like missing fonts, graphics, cross-references, conditional text and markers. The eLearning session will also include practice lessons through Adobe Captivate simulations.

This eLearning session will cover the following topics:

  • Setting Interface Preferences
  • Understanding the new UI visibility, arrange documents and screen modes functionality
  • Before & After: working with side-heads, paragraph, character and table styles in FrameMaker 9 vs. FrameMaker 8
  • Before & After: working with Structured, XML and DITA files in FrameMaker 9 vs. FrameMaker 8
  • Before & After: inserting special characters in FrameMaker 9 vs. FrameMaker 8
  • Understanding and managing Variables, Markers, Conditional Text, Cross-references and Insets for individual files and for all opened documents at the same time in the new user interface.
  • Identifying, filtering and replacing missing fonts, missing graphics and fixing unresolved cross-references in all opened documents

I’m looking forward to this eLearning session and I hope to see you there!

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