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:
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.