Report from Eindhoven: TCWorld Roadshow with FrameMaker

June 13, 2013 @ 4:44 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Another week, another part of Europe. Today the tcworld roadshow landed in Eindhoven. This city was a tiny town when the Philips family started a light bulb factory in 1891. The city is still known as the ‘city of lights’ in the Netherlands. Thanks to the enormous amount of educated workforce that was needed by read more…

“Classic” 7-Part Aldous series on “Unstructured to XML” webinar series republished

June 7, 2013 @ 1:43 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

In 2011, then Product Evangelist Tom Aldous produced a “deep dive”, 7-part series of webinars that covered all steps required in converting unstructured content to XML in FrameMaker. Although this series was done with FrameMaker 10, the basic steps largely remain the same, and many users frequently consulted this series as a useful references. We read more…

Report from Copenhagen: TCWorld Roadshow with FrameMaker

June 7, 2013 @ 12:43 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

The end of the first week in the tcworld roadshow found us in the Danish capital Copenhagen. The hotel was conveniently close to the airport but a little further away from the center of this beautiful town. I was staying in a small apartment in the North and on my way to the bus that read more…

Trends: Levels of Re-use

May 2, 2013 @ 4:39 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

In this blog, our guest blogger, Tony Self of Hyperwrite in Melbourne, Australia, shares his thoughts on various levels of Re-use. Tony has done several guest webinars with AdobeTCS. You will find links to recorded webinars and upcoming webinars at the end of this blog. Levels of Re-use, by Tony Self At the heart of read more…

Magic with FrameMaker: Migrating a combination of structured and unstructured content to DITA

April 1, 2013 @ 9:07 AM, By Parth Mukherjee

In conversion projects, time is often the limiting factor. Even if you really feel the entire 500-page manual should be converted to DITA or some other structure, you might be stuck with the old materials for a long time to come. And while you are hacking away at the old document, changing details in the read more…

Part (8) Reasons to upgrade from FM 7.x to FM 11: “Real” support for DITA

March 18, 2013 @ 3:43 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Amongst the many compelling reasons for upgrading from FrameMaker 7.x to FrameMaker 11, real “out-of-the-box” DITA support would surely be near the top of the list. Although FrameMaker 7.x was a competent and potent structured editor in its day, it was developed before most major milestones in DITA development and approval were achieved. A timeline read more…

Part (7) Reasons to upgrade from FM 7.x to FM 11: XML and Structured Editing

March 13, 2013 @ 12:53 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

FrameMaker 11’s structured editing features and XML support have come a long way from the model introduced ten years ago with FrameMaker 7.0. That earlier release of FrameMaker combined two earlier separate products (Regular FrameMaker and FrameMaker+SGML), granting customers a “two-for-one” authoring solution; every copy of FrameMaker 7.x could produce either traditional unstructured documents, or read more…

Changing the engine without stopping the car (part 2)

February 26, 2013 @ 7:26 AM, By Parth Mukherjee

In the first part of this 2-part article, I explained how mixing structured with unstructured content in the same publication process was vital to the success of several conversion projects I have undertaken in the past years. It is simply not feasible for a company to stop for months while rewriting their legacy documentation or converting all read more…

Publish your DITA content in FrameMaker 11 with the DITA OTK

January 22, 2013 @ 11:56 AM, By kverma

Hello Framers, Hope you are well. Today, I am happy to announce the availability of a plug-in that enables you to take your DITA content in FrameMaker and publish it via the DITA Open Toolkit (OTK). As many of you would know, DITA OTK is a set of software tools, originally developed by IBM®, for read more…

Part (2) Reasons to upgrade from FM 7.x to FM 11: Workspaces and a Friendlier UI

January 21, 2013 @ 12:56 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

One of the most compelling reasons to upgrade to FrameMaker 11 is the redesigned User Interface (UI) which allows “named” workspaces that “remember” placement of menus, etc. Most significantly, nearly any document or menu may be docked, allowed to float, or “dragged” out of the workspace (document window.) More room to breathe Once you have read more…

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