FrameMaker 9, 10 11 & 2015 Version Comparison Chart

FrameMaker 9 to 2015 Version Comparison Charts

One of the reasons why technical documentation departments around the world built their business on Adobe FrameMaker is that it is a secure and sustainable investment. FrameMaker is known to be a rock-solid product and has a track-record of being just the best authoring tool for small-, mid- and large-scale technical documentations. And since the release of version 8 (the big switch to Unicode) in 2007, we have released five new major versions and many updates in between. And with the speed and agile development of FrameMaker for many versions now, it’s easy to miss all the new features, changes and enhancements that newer versions bring.

Did you know for example, that we introduced out-of-the-box support for S1000D already way back in FrameMaker 10? And added a complete ExtendScript solution for full automation of FrameMaker?

And did you know that we introduced a native a native XML source code editor way back in FrameMaker 11? With full support for XPATH 2.0, XSLT 2.0, syntax highlighting, pretty printing, context-sensitive code completion and automatic XML Background Validation? And dropbox integration?

And did you know that we added support for MathML in FrameMaker 12 and introduced complete support for multichannel publishing to responsive HTML5, ePUB, WebHelp, amazon Kindle and Microsoft HTML Help (CHM) right out of the box? And that we added the possibility to leverage the potential of PDF-based review cycles (with import of PDF review comments back into FrameMaker as track changes – you can even continue to work on your FrameMaker document while the PDF is reviewed!)? And the more advanced tech writers loved our new RegEx support for Find & Replace.

Or that FrameMaker (2015 Release) already supported DITA 1.3 months before it was officially confirmed as a standard by the OASIS committee? Or that we introduced a complete new engine in FrameMaker (2015 Release) that fully supports Right-to-Left and bi-directional editing and publishing for Arabic, Farsi and Hebrew? And even Thai? And that we have constantly improved the user interface of FrameMaker with each version in every corner of the product? Many dialogs and “Pods” like Variables, Cross-References, Paragraph, Character and Table Styles are re-sizable now, dockable and powered up with many small new feature enhancements? And that FrameMaker comes with an out-of-the box CMS Connection Manager that ships with pre-configured connectors to Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), EMC Documentum, Microsoft SharePoint and DitaExchange?

As I said, it’s easy to miss all the new features.

To make it more easy for you, to check what new features and enhancements have been made since version 8/9, we have created this overview for you. Some of the entries in the left column are actually hyperlinks, that open a new web page with a small video explaining this new feature or enhancement.

Enjoy the overview and let us know in the comments below what you think. And if you’re not on FrameMaker 2015 yet, make sure to give it a try.

Table of Contents

 

Note:

New in this version

Enhanced in this version

XML Authoring

Adobe FrameMaker

2015

12  

11  

10

9   

DITA 1.3 support

 

 

 

 

Simplified XML authoring environment

 

 

 

 

Simplified XML design

 

 

 

 

DITAVAL filtering using DITA OT

 

 

 

 

Structure view

Out-of-the-box support for MathML equations

 

 

 

Expandable DITA map topics for quick viewing of content

 

 

 

Quick Element Toolbar for easy insertion of content

 

 

 

DITA 1.2 support

 

Out-of-the-box S1000D support

 

Faster and seamless EDD customization

 

 

 

White space handling as per XML standards

 

 

 

Smart catalogs

 

 

Out-of-the-box support for publishing content with DITA OT

 

 

 

Uncluttered XML without processing instructions

 

 

 

XML code view

 

 

XML author view

 

 

 

XSL support (Saxon and Xalan)

 

 

XPath support

 

 

DITA key-based referencing

 

DITA APIs for common DITA constructs

 

 

DITA specialization support

Smart paste

 

 

Wizard to create structured applications

 

Content filtering using attributes

Comparing structured documents

 

Attribute editor

XML tags: view tags

Expandable and collapsible tags

 

XML tags view: drag-and-drop elements and text

EDD enhancements: import of CSS

EDD enhancements: auto insertions

Automated tracking of errors in XML code (auto validation)

 

 

Intelliprompt of attributes, elements and attribute names

 

 

Scope settings for XSL transformations

 

 

Quick code search via XPath

 

 

EDD enhancements: descriptive tags

 

General Authoring

Adobe FrameMaker

2015

12  

11  

10

9   

Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi Support (Right-To-Left support, bidirectional)

 

 

 

 

Bidirectional content flipping

 

 

 

 

Support for Thai (FrameMaker 2015, Update 1)

 

 

 

 

Conditional text at book level

 

 

 

 

Conditional text pod

 

 

Conditional tag expressions with nested parentheses support

 

 

Line numbers

 

 

Adding and deleting workspace menus

 

 

Hunspell dictionary

 

 

Configurable dictionary support

 

 

Unicode support

Background color box for paragraphs

 

 

 

Publishing

Adobe FrameMaker

2015

12  

11  

10

9   

Publishing Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi content

 

 

 

 

Custom font in EPUB files

 

 

 

 

Generate mobile apps

 

 

 

 

Customize WebHelp skins

 

 

 

 

Personalized dynamic content

 

 

 

 

New HTML5 layout

 

 

 

 

WebHelp skin gallery

 

 

 

Import/Export layouts/CSS/HTML page template

 

 

 

Out-of-the-box multichannel, multidevice publishing

 

 

 

Native responsive HTML5 output support

 

 

 

Native EPUB3 support

 

 

 

Native WebHelp support

 

 

 

Import RoboHelp style mapping

 

 

 

HTML page template support

 

 

 

Publish reference page images

 

 

 

SVG Support in HTML5 output

 

 

 

Native CHM support

 

 

 

Native MOBI support

 

 

 

Native KF8 support (Amazon Kindle)

 

 

 

Native PDF support

 

 

Native Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS) support

 

 

 

 

DITA publishing: composite docs

 

 

DITA publishing: flat books

 

 

Multimedia and Rich Media Support

Adobe FrameMaker

2015

12  

11  

10

9   

QR code generation

 

 

 

MP4 video support

 

 

Links to play, pause, and jump videos

 

 

Hotspots on graphics

 

 

Interactive 3D graphics

 

 

Poster frames for FLV and SWF videos

 

 

Object styles

 

FLV and SWF support

Embed 3D graphics

Support for audio and video formats (WMV, MPG, AVI, and others)

 

Poster for rich media

 

Productivity

Adobe FrameMaker

2015

12  

11  

10

9   

Auto-insert table continuation variables

 

 

 

 

Conditional table columns

 

 

 

 

Usablity of tables

 

 

 

More out-of-the-box table styles

 

 

 

 

Mini-TOCs

 

 

 

 

Visual conditional indicators

 

 

 

Ability to resize pods

 

 

 

Customizable user interface for easier navigation and better viewing

 

 

 

Packager

 

 

 

Smart filters in pods

 

 

 

Table cell shading with solid fill

 

 

 

 

Single click session restore for quick start

 

 

 

Currently Open Files pod for easier file management

 

 

 

Regular expression support

 

 

 

Auto spell check

 

Repeat last operation

 

Table catalog

 

Find and Remove overrides

 

Manage used and unused styles: paragraph, character, table

 

Suppressed alerts

 

Enhanced background color support

 

 

Review and Collaboration

Adobe FrameMaker

2015

12  

11  

10

9   

Out of the box integration with DitaExchange CMS

 

 

 

 

Word import

 

 

 

Out-of-the-box integration with Adobe Experience Manager

 

 

 

Out-of-the-box Microsoft SharePoint integration

 

Content review on-the-go using mobile devices

 

 

 

Simultaneous PDF-based reviews and authoring

 

 

 

Out-of-the-box EMC Documentum integration

 

Out-of-the-box Dropbox integration

 

 

 

Track changes: track user name and time of change

 

Track changes: track text edit operations at book level

 

Track changes: configurable colors for added and deleted text

 

End-user collaboration: community-generated content, comments, feedback

 

WEBDAV support: Basic

WEBDAV support: in File dialogs

WEBDAV support: for XML files

 

Developer Support

Adobe FrameMaker

2015

12  

11  

10

9   

DITA: FDK client in core product

 

 

ExtendScript for automation

 

API for CMS integration

 

 


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6 thoughts on “FrameMaker 9 to 2015 Version Comparison Charts

  1. Thank you, Stefan. It’s great! I distribute the link to my collegues.
    And it’s a direct way to easy recognize, what we can implement in our ExtendScripts in older fm-versions.

  2. This was really useful. Somehow, the smaller, maybe less “sexy” features never made it to my conscious mind. This has really helped.

  3. Thanks I really appreciate these comparison charts showing that FrameMaker is by far the best out-of the box DTP program. Next week I would like to support you with further charts for Version 2016, 2017 etc :-). As you can see, for example FM still lacks basic improvements in the graphics import because this feature isn’t updated since version 5 I think.

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