FrameMaker 2019 Update 4 (August 2019)

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 tl;dr  Update 4 of FrameMaker (2019 release) brings fixes and enhancements in areas such as authoring, publishing, source control, localization, and crashers. For users using Adobe Experience Manager as a source control system, a couple of enhancements for a better check-out experience have been added.

This blog post was co-authored with Amitoj Singh, product manager for Adobe FrameMaker.

Overview

We are pleased to announce the availability of Adobe FrameMaker (2019 release) Update 4. We have fixed many bugs and issues reported by our customers. Many thanks to everyone who contributed by reporting issues and helping us further improve the FrameMaker 2019 release. Let us go through the what’s new and better in FrameMaker 2019 with Update 4 in this blog post.

As always, you can also find the detailed release notes for all updates here.

However, before we go into it, here is a list of our blogs posts for the FrameMaker 2019 release and the updates we have rolled out since the first release in August 2018:

  1. FrameMaker 2019 – Launch Blog Post

  2. FrameMaker 2019 – Update 1

  3. FrameMaker 2019 – Update 2

  4. FrameMaker 2019 – Update 3

What’s new and better

The primary focus for Update 4 was towards fixing bugs and issues which have been reported by users. We have also added a new feature for users using Adobe Experience Manager with FrameMaker.

Automatically check out files on saving or opening in Adobe Experience Manager

We have added a new option in the in Adobe Experience Manager CMS Connector preferences. Now you can choose to check out files on opening or saving automatically. To Enable auto-checkout, choose EditPreferences, and select CMSAdobe Experience Manager in the Preferences dialog.

Screenshot of Adobe FrameMaker (2019 release) – Update 4 – Preferences for Adobe Experience Manager with new "Enable auto-checkout" options

Added a new flag to control image scaling in a table cell

Many users have asked us to implement a feature that allows you to control if an image is scaled down to the cell/column width when importing it into a table cell. Or always import the image at 100% size into the table cell, even if it does not fit into the cell. With Update 4, we have added this possibility. You can now add a new flag in the user’s maker.ini to control this value.

How to control in FrameMaker if an image is scaled or not during import into a table cell:

  1. If you have FrameMaker open, close it.

  2. Open the FrameMaker User folder:

    C:\Users\{Your Windows User Name}\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\FrameMaker\15

    Alternatively, you can copy and paste this address into the Windows Explorer address bar and hit Return:

    %appadata%\Adobe\FrameMaker\15

  3. Open the file maker.ini in a plain text editor like Windows Notepad.

  4. Go to the section [Preference].

  5. Add a new line at the end of the [Preference] section:

    AutoScaleImageInTableCell=On – When importing an image into a table cell, FrameMaker scales down the image, if the width of the image is wider than the table cells width.

    AutoScaleImageInTableCell=Off – When importing an image into a table cell, the image is never scaled and imported at 100%, even if it does not fit into the table cell. If the image does not fit, parts of the image become invisible. You can scale down the image manually to the required size.

Authoring related fixes and enhancements

With Update 4, we have also addressed a couple of issues in the area of authoring:

  • While working with dates in Japanese documents, FrameMaker was using an incorrect era.

  • The Projects list on the Welcome Screen did sometimes not show the recently opened projects.

  • In some cases, the custom color definitions did not show correctly in the Custom Ruling and Shading pod.

  • Changing the Tab Stops on a specific paragraph in the paragraph designer applied the change on all paragraphs using the same style. Now the change is only applied to the current paragraph.

  • In a highly structured document with deep nesting of elements, the breadcrumb bar did not show the complete path to the current element, and the path was “cut off” at the right. We have added two buttons on the right side of the breadcrumb bar so that you can “scroll” through even very long structures.

Publishing related fixes

With Update 4, we have also addressed a couple of issues in the area of publishing:

  • The DOCTYPE definition for Basic HTML output was not valid.

  • A black border was added for PNG images in the PDF output generated through the Adobe Acrobat Distiller route.

  • The original height and width property for images were not retained in the final output even if the required configurations were made in the Publish settings.

Other enhancements and fixes

Some users had reported some random crashes. We have looked into them and fixed them. We have also fixed a couple of translation/localization related issues.

How to get Update 4 of FrameMaker 2019 release

The best way to update Adobe FrameMaker (2019 release) is to choose HelpUpdates from the FrameMaker main menu to download and install the latest update. You can also download the installer directly from the FrameMaker Service Releases page.

Found a bug? Want to suggest an improvement? Let us know!

There’s a channel for that: We call it “Adobe Tracker.” Adobe Tracker is your place to go when you find a bug and want to report it to us so that we can fix it in the next update/release. You can also file in your feature requests, ideas, requests for improvements. It’s very easy to do, and the reports go directly into our system, and our product managers, engineers, and support people have direct access to it.

You can report a bug, file in an improvement request, or request a new feature here.


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Posted on 08-21-2019


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