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!

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.