FrameMaker 8 is available

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Adobe FrameMaker 8 is available now. 

The year 2007 is turning out be an exciting one for Adobe in technical communication. We already had four product releases – Adobe RoboHelp 6, Adobe Acrobat 3D ver 8, Adobe FrameMaker 8 and Adobe Captivate 3, and we have another 5 months to go before we end this year. 

FrameMaker 8 is probably one of the most significant releases in the history of FrameMaker.  With Unicode, DITA, support for Flash, 3D, conditional text enhancements, Filter by Attribute, Track text edits and so on, FrameMaker 8 is a feature packed release.  This time, we had a very active pre-release program and that has greatly helped in improving the product.  Also, the development team led by Rajat Bansal has demonstrated exemplary commitment in making this release possible.  We have certainly achieved more than what we initially set out to do.

With the release of FrameMaker 8, we are entering a period of accelerated development for FrameMaker.  We have started planning for the next version and if you have a feature enhancement request, do let us know.

Update – We recently announced Adobe Technical Communication Suite and Adobe RoboHelp 7.

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7 thoughts to “FrameMaker 8 is available”

  1. we are developing quiz in indian language(hindi) in captivate While typing text the conjucts are not rendered properly Even after applying the hindi font. Kindly support to get rid of this issue.

  2. need urgent help on following issue
    TIA

    we are developing assessment and demos in Indian languages using Captivate 5. But facing probs while typing text. I want to know how can we get the Unicode support, so it works properly?

  3. I am facing hyphenation issues using FM8. I am authoring in German language and this issue is not fixed by the patch p266. How can you help me? Update (Feb 2008) – FrameMaker 8.0.2 is available. To apply the patch, select Help-> Updates. The patch should be applied only on FrameMaker 8.0.1 (b266). -Vivek

  4. I think FrameMaker 8 is a great program. When I understood about its release I got excited alot. Now as I have this great program I am happy with it. Great work you have made guys. Congratulations about that.

  5. I have just downloaded the demo version of FM8 and I am so sad to see that there is no bi-di support in this release. This was a long-waited arrival, but unfortunately it ended up fruitless for all Arabic and other right-to-left languages’ users. Is there any plans for bi-di support (via service pack or so? Is there any way now to convert FM8 files to InDesign which supports Arabic perfectly?We were waiting impatiently for this release and there were some talks going around that it would support Arabic, but… :(Mohamed Zeid

  6. Dear Vivek,as I already did on the beta site, a public “Thank you” now for the great job you guys did on FrameMaker 8.A lot of people including me have subscribed for Unicode support in the past. Now, what we get in FM8 is actually full Unicode support plus tons of new dictionaries, hyphenators and spellcheckers. That’s much more than expected. I think the new Unicode and multi-language support is a killer argument for FM8 for everyone with global document publishing requirements.I guess it will not take very long and we will also see support for the new Unicode Support in FrameMaker 8 by Translation Software Companies like SDL TRADOS. For the meantime, if there is the need to run translation processes, FrameMaker 8 offers the possibility to down save your documents as FrameMaker 7 MIFs. This way you can guide them through the current translation supply chain scenarios.My personal favorite among the new features is the new “Filter by Attribute” feature. For structured Documents it makes it possible to control content display based on element attribute values. Accompanied by the new powerful conditional text features, this opens a can of new possibilities for single sourcing and shared content scenarios.I also want to thank for the new transparency and intensive customer communication and encourage Adobe to continue this new strategy with early announcements and early betas. This is something that I really appreciated, especially as I’m aware that (more or less) public betas can mean quite some extra efforts and stress for the development teams and management.It’s a real pleasure to see that Adobe is dedicated to FrameMaker. It is even more exiting to hear, that there is a roadmap for the future and that we have entered a period of accelerated development for FrameMaker. FrameMaker 8 is a great step forward fulfilling customer’s needs for better global document publishing possibilities.I hope we will get a right to left language support (Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, etc.). A big challenge will also be to give FrameMaker a more exciting user interface experience. You will have to walk a tightrope to fulfill today’s young professional’s user interface expectations while respecting old birds and veterans habits. However, the most important issue will be bigger dialogs that can be resized. But I’m confident that your UI teams will do a great job there as well.Hope to see you all back again for the FM 9 Beta next year… :-)Kind regards,Stefan GentzGermany Thanks Stefan for your comments. We are also excited by the response to FrameMaker 8. – Vivek

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