Over the years, many of you from the FrameMaker community shared rich feedback on the content and structure of the FrameMaker user’s guide. We’ve been listening and we’ve spent several busy months acting on the feedback to create an improved user’s guide that meets your content requirements better.
So, what exactly has changed? As we analyzed your feedback, some key themes emerged:
- Content organization: FrameMaker is a powerful product packed with rich functionality. However, not all users use all of its functionality all the time. While improving the guide, we made a conscious attempt to minimize scattering of information and keep content around related features together. For example, information about using structured authoring features forms two neat chapters in the new user’s guide. This information was spread across several chapters in the earlier user’s guide.
- Workflow-based approach: The new user’s guide makes it easier for you to just get things done. We’ve tried to step into your shoes and figure out what information you’d need and in what order. That you’d shared useful feedback over the years made our job a lot easier. So, whether it’s managing graphics or single-sourcing content, we walk you through relevant concepts and tasks in an order congruent with FrameMaker workflows. With apologies to Coleridge, might we say, the best content in the best order?
- Responsive content experience: Content experience is two words—content and experience. We know you’re connected 24/7 and that you access instructional content on your devices. On your desktop, the new FrameMaker user’s guide opens in a little content viewer app of its own. When you access the content on a smaller screen, it is displayed in a responsive layout, ensuring a seamless content experience.
Viewing the new FrameMaker user’s guide on a smartphone
- Visual treatment: Wherever possible, we’ve tried to pull down the wall of words that traditional documentation is. So, as you glance through the new user’s guide, expect to see visuals and illustrations that help demystify a complex concept or task. Not sure how you can publish across multiple channels? Well, see it for yourself.
- Discoverability: You turn to the user’s guide trying to find answers to questions that are blocking your everyday work. That’s why we kept titles in the new user’s guide crisp and the content search-friendly. So, whether you search on Adobe.com or Google, you can expect to find a useful Help article that helps you get back to your work as quickly as possible.
- Resource ecosystem: We want the new user’s guide to be more than just your first stop for information on everything FrameMaker. We want it to be also the launchpad that propels you to other, often advanced, sources of information on the web. Hop right over to the appendix at the end to view a list of select FrameMaker resources. We promise to keep the list updated as more resources become available.
What we place in your hands today is just the version one of the improved user’s guide. Your feedback has helped us get it to this stage, and your feedback will be pivotal as we try to refine it even further. Keep the wishlists coming; we’re making a careful note of them.
And now that we’ve said enough, here are the links to the new guide:
A while ago, I recorded this quick video to explain what to do if a website created in Adobe Muse doesn’t display correctly on phones and tablet devices.
Summary: Your website created in Adobe Muse is good to go. However, when you view it on phones and tablet devices, random text appears instead of your content. Let’s help you solve this issue.
You can export 3D layers in Photoshop as files in several supported formats. This blog post touches upon considerations for exporting 3D layers as U3D files.
To begin with, ensure that any 3D layers that you’re exporting as U3D have only triangular object geometry. Additionally, keep the following export-related limitations in mind:
- Export of higher-level primitives, such as NURBS, splines, and curves, is not supported.
- Texture mapping is limited to only one diffuse map per material. Export of ambient, specular, luminous, or opacity texture maps is not supported.
- Export of material animation is not supported.
While we’re on this topic, let’s take a look at the logic underlying how settings are synchronized.
- Settings stored on Creative Cloud are updated to match the settings on your local machine. Any previously uploaded settings are replaced.
- If you stop the sync operation during upload, settings already synchronized with Creative Cloud remain synchronized.
- Settings on your computer are updated to match the settings stored on Creative Cloud. Settings not stored on Creative Cloud are reverted to their default values on your computer.
- If you cancel the sync operation during download, no changes to the settings are applied to your computer.
I ran into a few questions about settings migration on forums and elsewhere, so I thought a blog post might help. Here are two key considerations to keep in mind:
- Sync Settings synchronizes settings between installations of the same major version of Photoshop. For example, settings are synchronized between a Photoshop CC 14.1 installation and a Photoshop CC version 14.2 installation.
- Sync Settings does not synchronize settings across installations of different Photoshop major versions. For example, Photoshop CC version 14.1 settings are not synchronized with an installation of the 2014 release of Photoshop CC (technically, version 15.0).
If you want to migrate presets/settings from one major version of Photoshop to another, you can do so in one of the following two ways:
- When you first launch the newer version of Photoshop, you are prompted to migrate the presets/settings. Choose Yes.
- At any point in time, select Edit > Presets > Migrate Presets to migrate settings.
Also note that the main preference file is not migrated as part of presets migration.
Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 went live last week as part of the Creative Cloud 2014 release. ACR 8.5 rolls out several exciting enhancements, including the following:
- Brush controls for Graduated and Radial Filter masks. Here’s a video introduction to this new feature:
- Mask visualization for Graduated and Radial Filters
- New per-panel default toggle button
- Support for several new cameras and lens profiles
For more information about new features in ACR, see the following Help resources:
Related useful resources
Photoshop CC 2014 is a major release delivering breakthrough features and enhancements that enrich your digital imaging experience. A quick list of key features follows:
- Smart Guides to make measurements easier and more productive
- Linked smart object improvements
- Layer comps in smart objects
- Typekit integration to bring a world of typographic possibilities to your Photoshop documents
- Improved font search
- New Blur Gallery motion effects – Path Blur and Spin Blur – that help you give your images that artistic edge
Spin Blur in action
A Path Blur
- Focus Area selection that lets you quickly select the area/pixels in an image that are in focus
Select areas in focus
- Content-aware features with color blending
Color blending in content-aware features
- Exciting enhancements to Photoshop Generator
- 3D Printing workflow enhancements
3D Printing interface and workflow improvements
- Sync settings improvements
- Experimental features:
- Scale the UI 200% for high-density displays
- Enable multitone 3D printing
- Touch gestures
And much, much more…
For details, see the Photoshop CC New Features Summary. This summary includes links to feature-level Help articles and tutorials.
Other useful resources
The Adobe Photoshop What A Tip Contest closed on May 5, 2019 @ 11:59 PM PST. There were many useful tweets and encouraging community participation. We’re now ready with the results!
While choosing the winners, we went with the quality and number of contributions eligible as per the contest rules. And here’s who we chose:
- First Prize: Stephen G Petrany. Stephan is a full-time designer and part-time instructor at Bradley University, USA. View his Linkedin profile here. Stephan wins an Amazon Gift Voucher worth US $150.
- Second Prize: Karandeep Sachar. Karandeep is a Senior Technical Writer working with Information Mosaic, New Delhi, India. View his Linkedin profile here. Karandeep wins an Amazon Gift Voucher worth US $100.
Congratulations, winners! We’ll soon be in touch with you with details of your prizes.
Adobe Photoshop What A Tip contest: Instructions
If you have been using Photoshop for work or playing with it for fun, you must have got a few tips and tricks up your sleeve. How about sharing them on Twitter so that other Photoshop users learn from you?
Take part in the Adobe Photoshop @WhatATip contest and tweet Adobe Photoshop tips.
- Contest Entry Opens: April 22, 2014 @ 12 AM PST
- Contest Entry Ends: May 5, 2014 @ 11.59 PM PST
The winners of the contest will be awarded the following prizes:
- Contributor of the best tip: Amazon gift voucher worth $150
- Contributor of the second best tip: Amazon gift voucher worth $100
- Contributor of the third best tip: Amazon gift voucher worth $75
Entries will be judged on accuracy, originality, and popularity (number of RTs and favorites the tweet receives during the contest period from users other than the contributor). Any number of tips can be contributed by a particular user. See detailed Terms and Conditions at Adobe_What_A_Tip_Contest_Offical_Rules_20140421.
- Read the Terms and Conditions before taking part in the contest.
- Log on to Twitter and compose a tip as a tweet. Remember to add the #PSTip hashtag and the @WhatATip handle. Click the Tweet button.
A tip can be any smart way of accomplishing a task with the product, for example, using a shortcut or an uncommon workflow. Your tweet can describe the tip completely or can include a link to a tutorial.
Example 1 (a tweet describing a tip):
Control + Option-drag (Mac), Right click + Alt-drag (Win) resizes your brush in Liquify. pic.twitter.com/LBFcDlXmgO#PsTip@WhatATip
Example 2 (a tweet pointing to a publicly available tutorial):
Make water drops look realistic in #Photoshop http://adb.la/1073 #PSTip @WhatATip
For more examples, see the tweets hosted on the Adobe Photoshop Tips page.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment on this blog or tweet your question to @WhatATip