Frequently Asked Questions

Adobe FrameMaker

Adobe FrameMaker is a desktop publishing application that is popular for large documents. It is produced by Adobe Systems.

What is FrameMaker?

XML smart, enterprise ready! Adobe FrameMaker is a desktop publishing and Help authoring application published by Adobe Systems. It is especially suited for creating long technical documents.

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Changes to the structure of your document should be made on the Master pages. By default, a single sided document will only have a master page title "Right". A double-sided document would then have a "Right" and a "Left" master page. You can add as many master pages as you need for a document, however when you are writing text and come to the end of a page, by default Frame will create a new page using the format from the left or right master page.

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What if I want to save time by Cutting and Pasting my FrameMaker?

Sometimes it is helpful to Copy or Cut a Variable to the clipboard for Pasting. Pasting may be done as you type for easy Variable insertion. Pasting may also be done through the Find/Change window. An example of when you might use the Find/Change would be if you decided to replace a frequently-occurring phrase in a document with a Variable and wanted to quickly change all occurrences.

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How to change line SPACING?

Frame does not allow you to simply set a document's line spacing to be single or double-spaced. Instead, you can effectively set the line spacing for a paragraph tag or type (e.g. Body) in one of two ways.

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How to change the MARGINS for a document?

There are a number of different methods for changing the margins in FrameMaker. Here are two:

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Changing PAGINATION (and what it is)?

Changing the pagination settings for a paragraph allows you to specify things like "A chapter heading must always start a new page" or "A figure paragraph should span both columns of a two-column document". The options you can select here are:

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How to UNLOCK a file?

If you accidentally, or perhaps on purpose, locked a Frame document when you saved it, to unlock it you will need to open the document and, with the mouse in the document window, type the following in order to unlock it:

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How to make a BIBLIOGRAPHY?

There is no way in frame to generate an automatic bibliography for your document. The bibliography can be done by hand, in which case you will have to add the citations yourself, or with the help of a BibFrame. BibFrame will try to generate bibliographies for you, but it does not work perfectly. Once you are finished, you will want to edit the bibliography to find any mistakes that BibFrame made.

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How is FrameMaker positioned in relation to PageMaker and InDesign software?

FrameMaker, PageMaker and InDesign are targeted for unique and different publishing audiences. Each product is optimized to support its intended users. FrameMaker 7.0 software is optimized to support a template-driven workflow, where pages are formatted and laid out automatically through the use of a template; PageMaker and InDesign software are optimized to support a design-driven workflow, which relies on the skill and judgment of the user to place and format assets on a page. Another difference is that FrameMaker software includes a complete authoring environment in which users can develop their content; with PageMaker and InDesign software, text authoring is more commonly performed independently of the layout process using a different tool, such as a word processor. The typical users of each application have significantly different profiles, and the types of publications created are also quite unique to each tool.

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Can I move a book from PageMaker or QuarkXPress into FrameMaker 7.0?

Filters that facilitate the direct import of PageMaker or QuarkXPress files into FrameMaker are not provided in FrameMaker 7.0. However there are a variety of methods to move the contents of a book from PageMaker or QuarkXPress into FrameMaker. These include:

  • Copying/pasting content from PageMaker or QuarkXPress into FrameMaker.
  • Determining which text and graphics files are imported into the PageMaker or QuarkXPress publication, and importing them into FrameMaker.
  • Using third-party filters.
  • Saving a publication as a PDF file, and copying/pasting from Acrobat into FrameMaker.
  • Saving a publication as a PDF file, and using Acrobat software's Save as RTF, Save as Text or Save as XML features to create files that you can import into FrameMaker.
  • Saving a PageMaker or QuarkXPress page as a PDF and placing it into FrameMaker as a graphic to exactly duplicate all or part of its layout.

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What is the FrameMaker Server product?

FrameMaker Server 7.0 is a print and PDF publishing engine that runs in a server-based or automated environment. FrameMaker Server software is designed for integration with a variety of data sources, including databases, application servers and web services. A rich array of import options that includes XML and Maker Interchange Format (MIF) is complemented by a powerful, comprehensive and well-document Application Programming Interface (API) known as the Frame® Development Kit (FDK). The FDK is downloadable from www.adobe.com.

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What is the difference between FrameMaker 7.0 and FrameMaker Server 7.0?

Although both FrameMaker 7.0 and FrameMaker Server 7.0 software share the same technology and even the same installation CD, the primary difference between the two products is the permitted use for which they are licensed.

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How do I create accessible documents (PDF and HTML) from FrameMaker 7.0?

To create accessible PDF documents, you can author your content in FrameMaker 7.0 and then generate a Tagged PDF file, which can be displayed on a broad range of accessible viewing devices. To create accessible HTML documents, you can place all of the graphics in your FrameMaker publication in anchored frames and use alternate text tags to add verbal descriptions. Then, you can use Adobe GoLive to create a custom template for WebWorks Publisher Standard Edition that contains large font sizes and high-contrast graphics, and use that template to generate your HTML files.

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InDesign 2.0 does XML. Is that the same thing as XML in FrameMaker 7.0?

The XML standard defines a method of describing structured content using an ASCII text-based syntax of element tags, attributes and character encodings. Both InDesign 2.0 software and FrameMaker 7.0 software can read and write document content in XML. However, the two applications vary considerably in their features that support the processing of XML document content. InDesign software is primarily intended for graphics professionals who need to import and export XML content and to map that content to their page designs. InDesign 2.0 software supports well-formed XML, whose "free flow" approach is suitable for the graphic arts community.

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What is XMP and how is it supported in FrameMaker?

Building on the PDF metadata scheme supported by previous versions of FrameMaker, version 7.0 now supports the XMP (eXtensible Metadata Platform) standard for describing asset properties to increase their usability in a collaborative production workflow. This enables you to work more effectively with content management systems and to enable the customization and dynamic assembly of content to end users. You can add XMP metadata to the files you create with FrameMaker 7.0 by using the File Info dialog box.

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What is Tagged PDF?

Tagged PDF files incorporate information introduced in the new PDF 1.4 specification that identifies a publication's layout elements and contents and the visual relationships between them. This allows logical reflow of tagged PDF files during viewing on a broad range of devices with widely varying screen sizes. Tagged PDF files can be read on popular handheld computers and ultra-compact laptops as well as on many types of accessible viewing devices.

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Will FrameMaker 7.0 files still print on my PostScript Level 1 printer?

Adobe is unable to certify FrameMaker 7.0 software for use on PostScript Level 1 printers. These older printers are increasingly difficult to find and maintain, and do not support modern network protocols. FrameMaker 7.0 software has been tested so infrequently on PostScript Level 1 printers that these output devices are no longer supported for use with FrameMaker.

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FrameMaker SGML?

SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) is a system for organizing documents by specifying rules for tagging content elements, for example, body text, heads, and footnotes. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and XML (eXtensible Markup Language), both languages used for creating Web pages, are subsets of SGML.

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From Interleaf Quicksilver to Adobe FrameMaker?

FrameMaker includes filters for importing and exporting Microsoft Word and Interleaf/Quicksilver ASCII files. The strategy involves two major steps: prep the file within Interleaf/Quicksilver, and then finish the conversion within FrameMaker.

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Structured Documents?

A structured document is a document that can be viewed in several ways: as an author, a publisher, or a viewer. SGML, XML, and HTML are examples of structured documents. XML is used in this tutorial to demonstrate the Structured FrameMaker feature.

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Problems in FrameMaker 7 with CE fonts?

This paper is based on the platform Windows 2000/Windows XP, which supports the standard MS virtual font substitution mechanism for Non-Unicode applications. That means, the operating system supports automatically the display of a certain part of a big font, like "Arial CE", via enabling a specific country setting.

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Migrating from Unstructured to Structured FrameMaker?

Implementing structured Adobe® FrameMaker® is both an opportunity and a challenge.

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How to scale tables to fit the text column width in FrameMaker?

About the script: Here is a simple script that proportionately scales a table to fit the text column that contains it. This script works with the current table but can be easily expanded to work with all of the tables in a document or book.

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How to insert cross references?

There are two types of cross-references in FrameMaker: spot cross-references and paragraph cross-references. (There is a third type, element cross-references, available only in FrameMaker+SGML. This tutorial will not discuss element cross-references). Both paragraph and spot cross-references are similar, in that you have to insert an Xref object that points to a Cross-Ref Marker. The Xref object has an XRefSrcText property that must exactly match the marker text of the Cross-Ref Marker. Let's start with spot cross-references, since they are a little simpler to work with.

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Troubleshoot exporting PDF using Adobe FrameMaker?

If you can create a PDF file from another application using Acrobat Distiller, there may be a problem with FrameMaker. Perform the tasks in this section to determine if FrameMaker causes the problem.

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Japanese Publishing with Adobe FrameMaker 7.0?

Japanese users as well as multinational business users can take full advantage of the sophisticated Japanese publishing features in Adobe® FrameMaker® 7.0 software. The ability to define "combined" fonts of western and Japanese characters in the same document, integrated Japanese menus and messages, and composition rules are just a few features in FrameMaker 7.0. Targeted for Japanese authors and workgroups who need to create business-critical documents-such as product documentation, engineering specifications, work instructions, catalogs, manuals, and policies and procedures-FrameMaker is both flexible and powerful.

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Combined Fonts in FrameMaker?

Combined fonts assign two component fonts to one combined font name. Combined fonts are special fonts created in FrameMaker that use Asian fonts for the Asian characters combined with regular fonts for the Latin characters. This is done to handle both an Asian font and a Western font as though they are in one font family. In a combined font, the Asian font is the base font and the Roman font is the Western font.

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