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

July 7, 2014 @ 12:20 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

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 read more…

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

July 3, 2014 @ 12:11 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

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%! read more…

Upgrade to FM12 Reason #3) Collaborative and Mobile Review

July 2, 2014 @ 12:06 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Versions of FrameMaker after FrameMaker 7.2 introduced two potent features that could be reason alone to upgrade to FrameMaker 12: (a) track changes and (b) ability to import PDF review comments and annotations “in place” in the source FrameMaker document. Both of the features streamline the edit and review process substantially. Sample documents used for read more…

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

July 1, 2014 @ 12:59 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

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 read more…

Upgrade to FM12 Reason #1) Fewer steps, more automation

June 30, 2014 @ 12:38 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 9 to 12 years. It is a testament to how far ahead of its time version 7 was for those still using it. There are numerous read more…

Upgrade to FM12 INTRO: Overview of many reasons

June 27, 2014 @ 12:38 AM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Although FrameMaker has improved substantially and has radically improved its scope of publishing capabilities over the past 7-10 years, there are still many loyal users who continue to use older releases. Actually, this is a compliment to the strength of the core code. How many products do you know of in which some small groups read more…

Tech Tips: Recording webcam video for tech comm

June 25, 2014 @ 12:32 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Most of us have Webcams built into our laptops, desktop computers or other devices. Have you ever thought of using that ubiquitous device to capture decent quality, useful video for your tech comm projects? Probably not. In a recent AdobeTCS webinar, guest Matt R. Sullivan walks us through the fundamentals for achieving good video results read more…

Two Manuals: FrameMaker Single-Sourcing Saves $16K & Cuts L10n Time 50%

June 19, 2014 @ 12:00 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

We had a special guest in a recent “case study” webinar, Marcia Riefer Johnston. Best know as the author of best-selling “Word Up!”, Marcia has years of experience managing and “healing” high volume tech comm projects. In this webinar, Marcia shared actual metrics on the dramatic time and cost savings she accrued by using just one read more…

Internet of Things: Expensive Luxury for the Rich or More Sustainable Equity for All?

June 17, 2014 @ 12:32 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

Introduction: In this first of four blogs, Ray Gallon and Neus Lorenzo of the Transformation Society previews issues to be covered in an upcoming July 10 webinar, “Internet of Things:  Luxury for the Rich or Sustainable Equity for All?” You may register for this event here: Sess 1) Internet of Things:  Luxury for the Rich read more…

High Octane Documents: Don Day’s DITA model webinar review

June 12, 2014 @ 12:08 PM, By Maxwell Hoffmann

We held an intriguing webinar on June 12th with guest Don Day. In this blog, Don Day reviews some of the concepts illustrated and shared in this webinar. You may view the webinar recording of this session, What “Model” DITA Specializations Can Teach Us About Information Modeling, at: http://adobe.ly/1v5v1RF NOTES FROM THE EDITOR: For your convenience, the follow lists give read more…

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