DITAToo & FrameMaker 9 CMS Connector

Comprehensive DITA Pubs & CMS Solution w. Adobe FrameMaker & DITAToo

There are many ways to easily convert unstructured data into DITA for FrameMaker. One of the most “automated” and intriguing ones is DITAToo. This FrameMaker partner solution (which includes a full CMS for DITA) was showcased by Alex Masycheff.

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Comprehensive DITA Pubs & CMS Solution w. Adobe FrameMaker & DITAToo

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02:20

Brief overview of DITAToo product highlights

03:15

DITAToo integrates with FrameMaker 11 & 12

Elegant solution for translation management.

Great CMS solution for FrameMaker

04:00

Diagram of DITAToo Components – DITAToo Author allows all team members to access and author content

05:20

AGENDA of what is covered in the DEMONSTRATION

  • Convert Wod doc to DITA
  • Edit converted topics in FrameMaker
  • Reference files stored in repository
  • Uploading DITAmap to repository
  • Restructuring the content repository
  • See how DITAToo Publishes

06:30

LIVE DEMO OF DITAToo

  • Review complex Word document that has very few styles; has manual formatting
  • Explanation of how DITAToo will convert styles to DITA Elements
  • Intelligence in DITAToo determines whether doc chunks should be TASKS or CONCEPTS
  • Graphics in Word are converted to externally referenced graphics in repository

10:00

DEMO What DITAToo looks like – Creating a project folder (folders are “virtual”)

11:30

Identify then convert a Word document … a few moments later, folders for CONCEPTS, TASKS and GRAPHICS are seen

12:15

Doing a preview of a Topic. Ten viewing the XML Source file

12:45

Viewing a TASK in preview and native XML

13:00

in PROJECT folder we see a DITAMap has been assembled automatically

13:45

Editing a DITA TOPIC in FrameMaker; Adding an item to a list; Checking the XML file from FM back into repository

15:15

Going to Connection Manager in FrameMaker … specifiy credential and server details for DITAToo. Will be able to access DITAToo from “CMS” menu in FrameMaker

16:15

Accessing repository content from w/in FrameMaker

17:00

adding optional comments when checking FM topic back into the repository

18:45

Browse in DITAToo repository for graphic, and insert that image into FM

19:45

Example of importing external graphic from LOCAL DRIVE vs repository … then upload topic with local disc graphic to the repository. DITAToo will upload the topic to repository … get an alert regarding the image … the local drive image is now accessed from the repository

24:20

Viewing the XML code view of DITA topic to see how HREF image elements look

25:00

Example of deciding to move some assets that are already referenced.

26:00

mid-DEMO questions

30:00

Had moved 2 screenshots to different locations within the repository

When you open a topic that has an image … it is still there in XML CODE VIEW … you can see the UPDATED LOCATION of the images

DITAToo has automatically kept linked graphics intact

31:30

see example of error message if you have deleted content in repository

34:00

ready to publish a topic that has 3 images of 3 versions of product.

Using conditional images to create multiple versions

Example of using the “platform” attribute in [Fig] element to indicate version

Normally a DITAVAL filter would be used in FrameMaker

You can control which conditions are recognized WITHIN DITAToo

36:30

example of generating a DITAVAL file from within DITAToo. Affected assets are shown in menu, and you can select assets and conditions

42:00

QUESTIONS:

DITAToo does it’s conversion based on “visual representation” of the content …

If a network connection is lost … you have temp local copy on drive to work with

Maxwell Hoffmann

I am the Adobe Global Product Evangelist for Tech Comm Suite. I am passionate about powerful, single-source publishing that can deliver content anytime, anywhere, any way.

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