Part 3 Reasons to upgrade from FM 7.x to FM 10: Track changes and Import PDF comments

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Versions of FrameMaker after FrameMaker 7.2 introduced two potent features that could be reason alone to upgrade to FrameMaker 10: (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 screen captures in this blog prove that FrameMaker 10’s PDF Review cycle (importation of comments) can actually reduce time for that process by 75% compared to FrameMaker 7.2!

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Track changes in FrameMaker

The simple tool bar shown below gives you the ability to “turn on” track changes. Icons in the left section of the toolbar enable you to toggle between a preview of the “final” version (after insertions and deletions) or the “original” version.

If you leave the preview off, insertions will appear as green underlined text and deleted text will appear as red and underlined. The icons in the right section of the toolbar above let you seek the next change, accept or deny that change, or even to accept or reject all changes. In short, the interface and functionality is familiar and cosmetically similar to a feature found in Microsoft Word.

The screen capture below shows what “in progress” editing looks like when track changes are turned on in FrameMaker 10.

Notice that the red box in the lower left corner of the workspace indicates who made the change and at what time.

PDF Review workflow: import PDF comments in place

FrameMaker 10 has an easy and accessible way to swiftly and accurately review document content via free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Incidentally, Tech Comm Suite enables an even more powerful PDF Review cycle than stand-alone FrameMaker: you can have collaborative review and PDF annotations made by multiple reviewers on a single PDF file located on a server or “in the cloud.”

The following is a summary of steps you would perform if you only have FrameMaker and not Tech Comm Suite:

  • Save the FrameMaker 10 document as PDF

  • Use Acrobat to resave the document as Reader Extended PDF that enables Commenting
  • In free Acrobat Reader or full Acrobat, the reviewers can subsequently make comments and annotations indicating insertions, deletions, etc., as shown in the screen capture below.

  • Once all comments are complete, the FrameMaker user can import PDF comments from multiple users back into the source FrameMaker 10 files. The insertions and deletions indicated in PDF annotations will appear as track changes, as shown in the screen capture below.
  • The FrameMaker users can individually accept or reject changes, or with one click accept ALL changes, as shown in the resulting screen capture below.


How is PDF review handled in FrameMaker 7.2

Since FrameMaker 7.2 does not have a feature that will effectively import PDF review annotations in place, the basic method would be to have the annotated PDF document side-by-side with the FrameMaker 7.2 source file:

  • the editor would select each PDF annotation
  • select and copy the text
  • carefully locate the correct insertion point in the FrameMaker document
  • paste the text from the PDF annotation
  • repeat this process for all subsequent annotations

The screen captures below summarize the steps required in FrameMaker 7.2 for one simple correction based on an insertion annotation in a PDF file.


Actual time savings documented with identical documents

The same document was used in both FrameMaker 7.2 and FrameMaker 10 to create the screen captures for this blog. In both cases, I actually made the physical edits (a) using copy/paste from PDF to insertion point in FrameMaker 7.2 and (b) with importation of PDF comments in FrameMaker 10, and subsequent track changes commands to accept changes. The method in FrameMaker 7.2 took 80 seconds while the new workflow in FrameMaker 10 took only 20 seconds. That is a savings of 75%.

Return-on-investment (ROI) quickly becomes self-evident if you make hundreds of such review/corrections throughout the year.

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Posted on 04-05-2012


  • By Fei Min Lorente - 2:55 PM on April 16, 2012   Reply

    What happens if you are importing the PDF markups to a structured FrameMaker book? And you can do this on an entire book, right? Not file by file?

    What happens if you’ve changed the FrameMaker files after generating and distributing the PDF, but before you import the markups from the PDF?

    We don’t have TCS now, but we have SharePoint, so I’m using it with Adobe Acrobat to allow multiple reviewers to work on one PDF. Can I still do that with FrameMaker 10 without TCS?

  • By Review-PDF in FrameMaker 10 | WORKFLOWblog - 8:40 AM on April 10, 2012   Reply

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