#writeright 12) FrameMaker & Word: Workspaces, Catalogs & Designers, Character Tags

Monday, July 8 2013 @ 12:20 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

We’ve expanded the breadth of our #writeright “how to” videos with new topics by guest experts. This week, we posted 3 new videos by veteran FrameMaker expert (and certified expert), Barb Binder.

FrameMaker for Word: Work Spaces

 

Work spaces were introduced in FrameMaker 9. Powerful as they are, for older users, used to the old, UNIX-inspired UI, work spaces do take some getting used to. However, work spaces provide a much more powerful authoring environment that you’re used to with Microsoft Word. In this 9 minute “in depth” video, Barb Binder covers the fundamentals of work spaces, including how to easily create, customize and save your own work spaces that are matched to certain projects or tasks.

 

FrameMaker for Word: Catalogs and Designers [in depth]

 

Catalogs in FrameMaker 11 are easy to use and understand, with one minor “gottcha” — there are four catalogs, not one, as in MS Word. FrameMaker provides a powerful, customizable catalog for:

  • paragraph styles
  • character styles
  • table styles
  • graphic object styles

… this means that not only can you globally update headings, paragraphs, and key words and phrases, but you can updated “named” table styles (leaving other tables unaffected), and also named anchored frames or graphic objects. The last category in the list above was introduced in FrameMaker 11.

In this 9 minute video, Barb Binder takes you through a logical progression to understand the difference between catalogs and the “designer” used to create styles for all 4 catalogs.

 

FrameMaker for Word: Character Tags [in depth]

 

As Barb Binder illustrates in the final FrameMaker for Word video this week, character tags are extremely versatile. Their use goes beyond emphasizing key words and phrases; they can be used to make auto numbers in paragraphs or prefix text have a different look and feel as well. In a forthcoming video, Barb will show you how to customize font, color etc. for bullets in lists. Watch this video to get a full sense of what you can do with this powerful feature.

 

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