New FrameMaker user’s guide: sliced, diced, and enhanced

v2_fm_iconOver 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:

HTML: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FrameMaker/12.0/Help/Using/index.html
PDF: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FrameMaker/12.0/Help/using-framemaker-12.pdf

Happy reading!

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Photoshop CC refreshed!

totem-photoshop-cc-150x150.png.adimg.mh.150.mw.150Photoshop CC has been updated with exciting new features and enhancements! See these Help pages to understand what has changed:

What’s New: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html

Information about the new Generator functionality: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/generate-assets-layers.html

General Help landing page: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/topics.html

Lo and behold! Photoshop CC is now available!

Adobe has just made available Photoshop CC, a magical new update to Photoshop. This blog post lists out some resources that will help you get started with this new release.

Install Photoshop CC

  1. Go to http://creative.adobe.com and sign in with your Adobe ID.
  2. Click Download Center in the top bar.
  3. Click the Download icon next to the Photoshop icon.
  4. On the Photoshop product page, click Download. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

What’s New

Photoshop CC is packed with exciting features and enhancements that will enrich your digital imaging experience. Here is a select list:

  • Reduce camera shake blurring

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    Before/After | Reduce camera shake blurring

  • Share your creative work on Behance

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    Uploading your creative work to Behance

  • Automatically straighten image content using the Upright modes in Adobe Camera Raw

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    Before/After | Straightening image content

  • Define elliptical marquees and apply localized corrections to them using the Radial Filter tool in Adobe Camera Raw

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    Before/After | Radial Filter tool

  • Work simultaneously with multiple paths
  • Paint 3D models with finer control and greater accuracy

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    Live 3D painting in Photoshop CC

  • Work better with 3D objects using the revamped 3D panel
  • Type text in 10 Indic languages
  • Adjust dimensions, placement, and the corner radii of a rectangle or rounded rectangle shape

For more information, see:

Video resources:

 


PS: I had the privilege of documenting the new features and enhancements in Photoshop CC over the past few months. Watch this space for helpful resources and useful hints.

Story update now available—May 2013

We’ve just pushed live another exciting update to Adobe Story. This release takes collaborative script authoring to the next level. Coauthors and reviewers can now insert sticky notes into a script. They can also drag a sticky note to any location within the script. Cool, isn’t it?

We’ve also added numerous other features to simplify and streamline your workflows:

  • The Sync Schedule dialog now lists changes only for the properties that you’ve chosen to view.
  • You can edit tags that you created.
  • You can export the resource conflict results between two schedules as HTML (.htm). You can then open the exported results in word processing tools, such as Microsoft Word.
  • User interactions for several dialog boxes have been simplified:
    • Manage Scene Numbers
    • Manage Dialog Numbers
    • Manage Camera Shot Numbers
    • Manage Scene Durations
    • You can export project data (lists, scene properties, and schedules) as XML.
    • While working with schedules, you can choose a font size—small, medium, or large.
    • Layout improvements while printing schedules.
    • You can choose whether you want to display Revision Start Date or Last Modified Date in the header and footer for production revisions.
    • You can see a list of users with whom a project is shared. Invitees who haven’t yet accepted a share request are listed as well.
  • When you click the word count in the status bar, you can view the dialog word count in the current script.
  • Several critical bugs have been fixed in this release.

New release of Adobe Story now available…

The February 2013 release of Adobe Story is now available. This major update lets you do the following and much more:

  • You can now manage camera shot numbers just like you’d manage dialog numbers.
  • While creating or comparing schedules, Story defaults to the last project opened.
  • While editing lists, clicking the blue cross opens the relevant list for user validation instead of directly adding the characters/sets.
  • Improvements related to headers and footers in reports
  • You can now choose to initialize dialog numbers for new scenes.
  • You can create customized scene-level tags in scripts. These tags are also reflected in schedules and relevant reports.
  • Scene headings and their count are displayed in the detailed running order report.
  • A new role called Writer is available for script writers. This role is designed to help manage permissions for freelance writers in particular.
  • The Irish TV screenplay template features several enhancements. For example, you can now edit the Story Day field in this template.
  • You can assign scene time to all scenes. Also, you can input the sunrise and sunset times in the same dialog.
  • You can create day-level camera cards.
  • You can see the Last Camera Info for the previous scene in the From box of the scene and the First Camera Info for the next scene in the To box of the scene.
  • You can now create Scene Breakdown reports from the script.
  • You can choose to print only the pages that have changed since Track Changes was enabled.
  • A news icon is now displayed next to the notifications icon on the Story home page. Important news bulletins published by the Story team are displayed in this area.
  • The Story landing page now gives you an option to join Adobe® Creative Cloud. Subscribing to Adobe Story Free gives you all the benefits of Creative Cloud free membership.
  • You can now view schedules in story order.
  • Critical bug fixes

You can review the updated documentation at this URL. For the latest news and information related to Story, follow the Adobe Story team blog.

Case Study: Using Adobe CQ to author technical communication

Peter Barraud and I are going to speak this February at the tcworld India conference in Bangalore. Here’s a short video introduction to our session:

CQ Cloud Manager August 2012 version released…

The August monthly release of Adobe CQ Cloud Manager is now out! Here is a quick summary of the new features/enhancements in this version:

  • You can (optionally) encrypt scheduled and on-demand backups of CQ clouds hosted on Amazon EC2
  • Support for managed and unmanaged Rackspace accounts across 4 regions/data centers (DFW, DFW2, ORD, and UK)
  • Support for SSH access to CQ clouds hosted on Rackspace
  • Increased JVM memory configuration based on instance sizes for both Amazon EC2 and Rackspace
  • Better categorization of Packages
  • Several bug fixes and UI enhancements

For more information and list of known issues, refer to the documentation.

CQ Cloud Manager July 2012 version released!

The July release of Adobe CQ Cloud Manager is now out! This version rolls out the following new features/enhancements:

  • Full support for Rackspace Cloud Hosting (backup, scale, and delete CQ clouds)
  • Scale Publish tiers with auto-replication
  • Support for 7 Amazon Web Services (AWS) regions and 4 instance types
  • You can now remove CQ clouds with backups
  • Some UI enhancements

Refer to the documentation for more information.

What’s new in Cloud Manager 1.1

Adobe has just released Cloud Manager 1.1, an enhanced version of the SaaS offering that enables reduced time and costs for provisioning, managing, and metering Web Experience Management (WEM) solutions for digital marketing initiatives. This new version rolls out the following major enhancements:

  • Rackspace support: In addition to Amazon EC2, Cloud Manager 1.1 now supports Rackspace Cloud Hosting.
  • Enhanced cloud deletion: You can now delete CQ clouds even if they have online backups. You can also remove failed or inconsistent clouds from the Clouds dashboard.
  • Numerous other bug fixes and improvements…

For more information about using Cloud Manager, refer to the documentation. If you have a question, post it on Adobe forums.