It’s been a few months now since I posted to this space. Most of my blogging focus in the meantime has been on the new Adobe Content Corner blog. Check it out if you haven’t already; it is fast becoming a go-to place for updates and discussions related to Adobe user assistance content.
So, what happens to this blog? You’ll see me posting more and more about my professional and research interests here in the future. I’ll also continue posting about Adobe products and more frequently than I’ve been able to this past year. Please stay tuned!
For now, I want to share with you two short videos introducing my upcoming sessions at this year’s STC India Conference. If you plan to attend this conference, I look forward to meeting you in Pune.
Over the years, many of you from the FrameMaker community shared rich feedback on the content and structure of the FrameMaker user’s guide. We’ve been listening and we’ve spent several busy months acting on the feedback to create an improved user’s guide that meets your content requirements better.
So, what exactly has changed? As we analyzed your feedback, some key themes emerged:
Content organization: FrameMaker is a powerful product packed with rich functionality. However, not all users use all of its functionality all the time. While improving the guide, we made a conscious attempt to minimize scattering of information and keep content around related features together. For example, information about using structured authoring features forms two neat chapters in the new user’s guide. This information was spread across several chapters in the earlier user’s guide.
Workflow-based approach: The new user’s guide makes it easier for you to just get things done. We’ve tried to step into your shoes and figure out what information you’d need and in what order. That you’d shared useful feedback over the years made our job a lot easier. So, whether it’s managing graphics or single-sourcing content, we walk you through relevant concepts and tasks in an order congruent with FrameMaker workflows. With apologies to Coleridge, might we say, the best content in the best order?
Responsive content experience:Content experience is two words—content and experience. We know you’re connected 24/7 and that you access instructional content on your devices. On your desktop, the new FrameMaker user’s guide opens in a little content viewer app of its own. When you access the content on a smaller screen, it is displayed in a responsive layout, ensuring a seamless content experience.
Viewing the new FrameMaker user’s guide on a smartphone
Visual treatment: Wherever possible, we’ve tried to pull down the wall of words that traditional documentation is. So, as you glance through the new user’s guide, expect to see visuals and illustrations that help demystify a complex concept or task. Not sure how you can publish across multiple channels? Well, see it for yourself.
Discoverability: You turn to the user’s guide trying to find answers to questions that are blocking your everyday work. That’s why we kept titles in the new user’s guide crisp and the content search-friendly. So, whether you search on Adobe.com or Google, you can expect to find a useful Help article that helps you get back to your work as quickly as possible.
Resource ecosystem: We want the new user’s guide to be more than just your first stop for information on everything FrameMaker. We want it to be also the launchpad that propels you to other, often advanced, sources of information on the web. Hop right over to the appendix at the end to view a list of select FrameMaker resources. We promise to keep the list updated as more resources become available.
What we place in your hands today is just the version one of the improved user’s guide. Your feedback has helped us get it to this stage, and your feedback will be pivotal as we try to refine it even further. Keep the wishlists coming; we’re making a careful note of them.
And now that we’ve said enough, here are the links to the new guide:
I ran into a few questions about settings migration on forums and elsewhere, so I thought a blog post might help. Here are two key considerations to keep in mind:
Sync Settings synchronizes settings between installations of the same major version of Photoshop. For example, settings are synchronized between a Photoshop CC 14.1 installation and a Photoshop CC version 14.2 installation.
Sync Settings does not synchronize settings across installations of different Photoshop major versions. For example, Photoshop CC version 14.1 settings are not synchronized with an installation of the 2014 release of Photoshop CC (technically, version 15.0).
If you want to migrate presets/settings from one major version of Photoshop to another, you can do so in one of the following two ways:
When you first launch the newer version of Photoshop, you are prompted to migrate the presets/settings. Choose Yes.
At any point in time, select Edit > Presets > Migrate Presets to migrate settings.
Also note that the main preference file is not migrated as part of presets migration.
The Adobe Photoshop What A Tip Contest closed on May 5, 2019 @ 11:59 PM PST. There were many useful tweets and encouraging community participation. We’re now ready with the results!
While choosing the winners, we went with the quality and number of contributions eligible as per the contest rules. And here’s who we chose:
First Prize:Stephen G Petrany. Stephan is a full-time designer and part-time instructor at Bradley University, USA. View his Linkedin profile here. Stephan wins an Amazon Gift Voucher worth US $150.
Second Prize: Karandeep Sachar. Karandeep is a Senior Technical Writer working with Information Mosaic, New Delhi, India. View his Linkedin profile here. Karandeep wins an Amazon Gift Voucher worth US $100.
Congratulations, winners! We’ll soon be in touch with you with details of your prizes.