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Upgrade to FM12 Reason #7) Direct XML editing and low-cost FM XML Author

Amongst the many compelling reasons for upgrading from FrameMaker 7.x to FrameMaker 12, 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. New, less expensive version […]

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Upgrade to FM12 Reason #6) Full DITA Compliance, Accessible Structured Editing

FrameMaker 12’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 […]

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Upgrade to FM12 Reason #5) Tools for handling large projects

Book building capabilities for managing multiple project assets (chapters, document content) were one of the prime drivers for many users moving to FrameMaker 7.x ten years ago. Ironically, the powers associated with this feature have increased exponentially with recent releases. For anyone who has to manage multiple chapters in various stages of approval, enhanced hierarchical […]

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Upgrade to FM12 Reason #4) Fuller Format and structure control

Speaking from my over one thousand hours of experience “optimizing” unstructured FrameMaker files for translation and localization, I can vouch for the following fact: FrameMaker 12’s ability to handle catalog styles more efficiently than FrameMaker 7.x and its ability search and locate format overrides can reduce some production preparation tasks by as much as 90%! […]

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Upgrade to FM12 Reason #2) Greater customization, customized workflows

One of the most compelling reasons to upgrade to FrameMaker 12 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 upgraded […]

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