Posts in Category "eSeminars"

An invitation to learn about FrameMaker, CMS, XML and DITA

This Quarter, we are teaming up with our FrameMaker XML, DITA and CMS partners to bring our customers a number of live eSeminars.

I will be adding more events as we finalize them but for now, here are two coming up this month. I hope to see you there:

  • Integrating Adobe FrameMaker 9 with Documentum to maximize content reuse with Linked2

When: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Learn how to take advantage of the seamless integration between Linked2, Documentum and Adobe FrameMaker 9/Technical Communication Suite 2 to optimize the reuse of content. Together with experts from Integrated Technologies Inc. and Millennium Consultants Inc., find out how to overcome barriers such as Content Reuse, Search & Retrieval, Creating Reusable Objects, Project Management etc.


  • Sense out of Confusion: Streamline your Authoring by transitioning from unstructured to DITA XML

When: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Learn how to take advantage of FrameMaker’s seamless integration with the SiberSafe content management system to streamline and simplify the use of the DITA XML structure for your technical authoring team. Together with experts from SiberLogic, find out how to overcome barriers such as Legacy Conversion, Topic Authoring, Project Management, Publishing etc.



5 Benefits of authoring in FrameMaker when Single-Sourcing with RoboHelp

I’m often asked for advice on whether to start authoring in Adobe FrameMaker or directly in Adobe RoboHelp, or use both products for single sourcing.

Considering the tight integration between these two products in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2, and the unique strengths both of these products have, I always recommend starting in Adobe FrameMaker and then linking the FrameMaker source files in Adobe RoboHelp for generating Online output.

Here are my top 5 reasons for why I make this recommendation:

  1. FrameMaker gives you the most pristine Print and PDF output

Whether you need to provide printed documentation to your customers, or at the very least include a printable version of your Help in PDF format, FrameMaker will give you the most pristine Print and PDF output. This is one reason it makes sense to author in FrameMaker first, publish to Print and/or PDF, and then link the source files in RoboHelp in order to generate other Online formats supported by RoboHelp, including AIRHelp.

Here’s more information on how you can Add Printability to Help in Adobe RoboHelp 8 using a PDF file

  1. FrameMaker 9 enables you to conduct Shared PDF Reviews and import the comments back into the FrameMaker source files

At some point in the future, RoboHelp might have a similar workflow, but for now, FrameMaker makes it extremely easy to conduct Shared PDF Reviews, where Reviewers only need the free PDF Reader to provide feedback and the aggregated feedback can then be imported back into the FrameMaker source files. This is another reasons to first start in FrameMaker, conduct your documentation review, and then link the source files in RoboHelp for online publishing.

For more information on this workflow, you can view the recording of a recent eSeminar I hosted on this very topic.

  1. With FrameMaker you can leverage the benefits of “Structured” Authoring

FrameMaker provides two main authoring environments in a single product, namely unstructured and structured authoring. The benefits of authoring in “structured” mode are many, including the ability to enforce authoring rules; a simple guided-authoring environment for authors; context-sensitive formatting; one template for multiple document types; real-time structure validation and more. This is another reasons to first start in FrameMaker, take advantage of a structured authoring workflow, and then link the source files in RoboHelp for online publishing.

To learn more about the benefits of Structured authoring in FrameMaker, you can view this recording.

  1. FrameMaker 9 users can leverage SDL’s AuthorAssistant at no cost

We have a partnership with SDL, where our Adobe FrameMaker 9 customers get AuthorAssistant at no cost. AuthorAssistant automates many of the quality-checking processes that normally require human resources, such as the use of consistent terminology, style and linguistic checks.

Click Here to learn more about how AuthorAssistant works with FrameMaker 9 and to download your copy.

  1. FrameMaker provides full DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) support

Finally, if you are migrating to the DITA standard and need a DITA-friendly authoring tool, there’s no better product than FrameMaker 9. FrameMaker has full support for DITA authoring, and generating Print and PDF is built-in, which means no manual coding or using XSL-FO is required for generating Print or PDF output.

To learn more about how to dynamically link FrameMaker files in RoboHelp using the Adobe Technical Communication Suite, I have posted two recordings on this topic HERE.



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eSeminar: Using the right tool in the Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 for the Job

Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 10am Pacific Time

Registration: Click HERE to Register

Duration: 60 minutes

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Once you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail, which will
include a URL for you to join the Connect Pro room the day of the
event. I will conduct a series of audio tests as participants begin to

Click here to make sure your system is properly configured to participate in this Acrobat Connect Pro event.

The audio portion for the eSeminar will be available via your computer
speakers ONLY, through Voice over IP (VoIP) and thus no phone number is

The Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 software includes 6
full-featured and tightly integrated applications, and the key to
getting the most out of the Suite is to use the right tool for the job.

In this eSeminar, we will cover each application and provide best
practices and examples for when to use all of the application together, in order to
single-source and multi-channel publish truly interactive Technical