Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release), Update 5, brings several bug fixes and performance enhancements.

FrameMaker (2015 release) – Update 5 released

This one is all about the inner beauty … We’ve been working hard to improve FrameMaker (2015 release) with many stability and performance tweaks. Not seeing any fancy new features? That’s because this update is purely focused on making FrameMaker really rock-solid and lightning fast. Namaste!

Bug Fixes

Following is the list of enhancements we have made to FrameMaker (2015 release) in Update 5 (yes, that’s 14 of them!):

  1. Responsive HTML5 output is now optimized for Google search, which makes the output searchable.

  2. If there are a large number of fonts (1800+) installed on the system, FrameMaker user can now apply correct fonts that appear lower down in the font list.

  3. In some cases, if an SVG file contains open type fonts, it now renders correctly in FrameMaker and output PDF.

  4. In Windows 10, FrameMaker no longer crashes while embedding fonts in EPUB output.

  5. Selecting the option Use Only ASCII Characters in Generated Filenames in Publishing Settings dialog now works as expected.

  6. Incorrect cross-reference is no longer being generated if the source type selected is paragraph.

  7. FrameMaker console window displaying publishing related error message on launch is now fixed.

  8. In some cases, generating a PDF document took too long. This is now fixed.

  9. FrameMaker installer no longer installs unsupported software and OpenSSL files.

  10. Generating PDF output through FrameMaker Publishing Server doesn’t fail if the file path is too long.

  11. In some cases, when there are a large number of nested cross-references in a DITA map file, FrameMaker now takes much lesser time to load the file.

  12. Performance is now better while uploading files through CMS Connector for AEM.

  13. While checking out files from AEM, cached dependent files on the local system are now refreshed.

  14. Resources dependency calculation is not done while uploading a folder on AEM server hosting XML Add-on.

Oh, by the way, did we mention, that there has never been an Update 5 (yes, five!) on any previous FrameMaker versions? That’s because … you know, we really hate bugs and we do love making FrameMaker better constantly! Check the complete list of all of enhancements and issues fixed in FrameMaker (2015 release) Update 1, Update 2, Update 3.1, Update 4 and this Update 5, in this overview page: FrameMaker (2015 release) – Resolved issues.

You can also download the FrameMaker (2015 release) Update 5 Readme PDF here.


How to get Update 5 for FrameMaker (2015 release)

Getting the update is as easy. Just select > Help > Updates from FrameMaker’s main menu to fire up the Adobe Update Manager (AUM) to download and install the update.

Want to download the update to deploy it to all your FrameMaker installations without downloading it on every machine? We understand this. That’s why you can find all update packages for download also in the Adobe FrameMaker Support Center.

After the update, the FrameMaker version will be 13.0.5.547. That’s good to know, isn’t it?


Abhishek Jain

Abhishek Jain is Product Manager at Adobe Systems, India, where he manages the Technical Communication line of products (FrameMaker, RoboHelp and Technical Communication Suite). He is responsible for product strategy and roadmap, partner ecosystem management, and customer relationship. Prior to Adobe, he worked as a Product Manager managing an Enterprise suite of products. You can also follow Abhishek on twitter: @Abhi_AdobeTC.

11 thoughts to “FrameMaker (2015 release) – Update 5 released”

  1. My IT guy and I are baffled. This very page says there is an update 5 (5.547). My version is 2.433. When we try to update (Help, Updates), we are told my version is up to date. Is there another way to update from 2.433 to 5.547?

    Thanks.

      1. Stefan: Thanks for answering. Yes to the full version number and yes, we have tried the manual update but it hasn’t been successful. IIRC, the message is “the update doesn’t apply.”
        So, we are baffled.

        I do have Creative Cloud for other adobe products, but FrameMaker is a separate, standalone installation. One person has theorized that Creative Cloud may be interfering.

        So, I’ll wait and see if you or anyone else has some thoughts on what may be happening. Thanks again.

    1. Hi,

      The updates are cumulative. you can install the latest one and it’ll cover all previous updates.

      Thanks!
      Abhishek

  2. I used FM 2.0 ca. 1990 — and loved it, and then at times newer ones (e.g., ca. 1994, and then ca. 2013).
    Three things that keep me from returning currently are:
    * UI doesn’t scale well on high-resolution Win 10 screens … I need a magnifying glass to read the menus on my high-resolution Dell XPS 13 or a Surface Pro 4.
    * The lack of support for bibliography databases. Please support JabRef, Zotero, EndNote or similar.
    * Price … hm. When I switched job some 25 years ago, my new employer couldn’t afford FM. OK — I understand and respect that a good writing tool costs money to develop, but my employer now has Office 2016 and thinks that is fine. (I try to avoid using Word, and use various LaTeX versions instead.)

    1. Hi Bernt,

      thanks for your comment.

      We are aware of the high-resolution problem and are working on it 😉

      Regarding price: Hm. A full version of FM is 999 USD. I guess the question is not really if a company can “afford” this investment into a professional tech writing tool for his employed tech writer or not. It’s like telling a baker that the bakery cannot afford to buy a baker’s oven, but that a home kitchen oven should do the job as well.

      However, if 999 USD should really be a “financial” problem for the company, they could also go for the subscription, which is just 29,99 USD per month, which should be a fraction of their monthly phone bill 😉

      I’ll send you also an e-mail with some other information.

      Cheers,
      Stefan Gentz

      1. Hi Stefan,
        Thanks for response. I partially agree wrt. price. A couple of years, I was writing an application for funding to a research council — they have extreme rules wrt. what is a valid application. (E.g., the template specifies 12 pt New Times Roman body font — if we don’t follow this rule, the application is considered invalid…).
        Perhaps it is my lack of fluency in Word, but I always have problems with Word and styles. As an example, if I paste text into a Word style, the style is by default inherited from the source, and it is easy to loose track of font size, etc.
        I suggested to use FM which I used extensively some 25 years ago, and still will find it relatively easy to switch back to. My boss said it was too expensive. So I checked out LibreOffice, which offered much of what I needed. Problem was, those facilities were buggy, and didn’t work. So after “wasting” 3 days on reading the LO manual and testing things, I went back and told boss: if I should write an invoice for my spent working hours, I could already have paid for FM.

        So — yes: for a “professional writer” writing long, technical documents, I’m sure the price for FM is ok. But it is not realistic to get it for all of our 1500 employees. And since the decision makers don’t really understand the needs of myself and similar users, the choice is Office — and then Office file formats because the Lingua Franca.

  3. So if there has never been an Update 5 before…. does that mean that a whole new version 2017 might be expected soonish in 2017? of FM ….or the whole TechComm suite….

  4. Optimizing pdf generation speed is damned good. Have been waiting for that!
    Next … make images load faster and make managing images better. InDesign is so much better for managing images and also positioning images.
    Best regards

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