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…

Part (1) Reasons to upgrade from FM 7.x to FM 11: Catalogs, UI, rich media and more

January 16, 2013 @ 12:30 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

A sizable group of FrameMaker users are still using FrameMaker 7.x (7.0, 7.1 or 7.2). These versions were released in 2002, 2003 and 2005 respectively. Obviously the product has changed substantially in 8 to 11 years. It is a testament to how far ahead of its time version 7 was for those still using it. There are read more…

Guest Blog: Top 10 reasons to move from Microsoft Word to Adobe FrameMaker

November 27, 2012 @ 4:35 PM, By Parth Mukherjee

We recently assisted a defence customer to transition from MS Word to Adobe FrameMaker 11.  With the transition, several different sized technical publication templates were developed in FrameMaker. Some of the more complex requirements included the capability to have full page graphics from size A4 all the way up to large throw clears (full size read more…

JoAnn Hackos on Predicting DITA cost savings

November 19, 2012 @ 12:05 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Our November 19th webinar with Dr. JoAnn Hackos of The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) covered an insightful strategy in determining how to accurate predict cost savings with DITA. This issue has been a key “bug-a-boo” with many customers, who know that they need to move to DITA, but who need a compelling business case read more…

Learning from Webinars: Getting from Point A to Point B with Structured Authoring

November 16, 2012 @ 12:15 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

We have a recording of an incredibly dynamic webinar from November 16 that is a “must see.” VASONT and Publishing Smarter joined forces to find a uniquely visual way to cover the many issues and potential barriers that may arise when you decide to migrate to structure authoring. You may view “Structured authoring: getting from read more…

3 Key Webinar Recordings to Help set your strategy for 2013

November 9, 2012 @ 4:44 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

[Updated Blog: webinar recording links and additional information added] — Our goal at Adobe Tech Comm is not only to provide meaningful “how to” demos on our product line, but also to share vision and strategy from experienced thought leaders and practitioners from our field. In the month of November, we had 3 especially interesting read more…

FrameMaker 11: Effective reviews with Line Numbers, Track Text Edits, and Change Bars

November 5, 2012 @ 11:28 AM, By Nandini Gupta

FrameMaker makes the reviewing process for your Document, Book, or DitaMap very simple and effective, allowing users to share inputs, review, modify and track all changes made to the original content. Line Numbers With FrameMaker 11, you have the option of Line numbers which gives each text line a unique identifier. Line Numbers are maintained read more…

Smart Insert for Enhanced Productivity in FrameMaker 11

November 2, 2012 @ 12:39 PM, By Amit Agarwal

I am sure if you had a look at FrameMaker 11, the newly changed Quick Catalogs i.e. Smart Insert (also called as Control Shortcuts, F8/F9) wouldn’t have gone amiss! With this feature, we can use keyboard shortcuts to bring up element catalog at the insertion point – a great productivity enhancement! The catalog also supports read more…

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