Adobe FrameMaker Training

Introductory FrameMaker training

We shall get aquainted with FrameMaker interface and learn to create new documents. If possible, we shall learn to solve the tasks that the student is confronted with at her/his job.

The course is tailored for writers, translators and people who have the task of maintaining and updating technical documentation.

The student will learn to understand the basic functionality of FrameMaker and be able to handle an existing amount of FrameMaker documents. We shall focus on the development of a good practice when it comes to the handling of daily tasks.

The student will learn about:


  • FrameMakers interface
  • How to create new documents
  • The concept of tagging. Meaning the use of paragraph, character, table and object styles
  • Importing graphics and the use of FrameMakers drawing tools
  • Body/Master/Reference pages
  • Book files and generation of Table of Contents and Index
  • Cross references and user variables
  • Print to pdf

Praktical stuff


Duration

1 day intensive training in the period 9-16. Other periods or durations can be arranged on a day to day basis.

Location

At the companys location or by web conference

Number of participants

We recommend a maximum number of 4.

Price:

8.200,- DKK ex VAT.

Bjørn Smalbro - FrameMaker trainer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Documentation

Technical documentation and technical communication - difficult but a necessity

Technical documentation, manuals, datasheets, quick setups etc... The world of technical documentation holds many formats, sizes and models, but they all have that in common, that a lot of it is made with FrameMaker or RoboHelp. It is increasingly also true that it is absolutely vital that the information is accessible from a websearch.

Technical documentation needs to be visible on the internet

More and more companies are not making print versions of their documentation, which is why it becomes increasingly important for them to make the documentation available to their customers in different ways. Most are providing pdf files, either as downloads or supplied on a usb stick. What is essential though, is that the technical documentation needs to be available for the customer, but it also needs to be usable and available for the companys content marketing efforts. The content marketing approach underlines the need for a professional setup based single source publishing as can be done using FrameMaker or RoboHelp.

Publishing for print and net with the same template and the same software

At FrameMaker.dk we can help you design, translate and manage your technical documentation in the fastest and most efficient fashion. We can help you set up your workflow, so you are able to publish manuals and user guides etc for both print and web from the same platform. Call us or write us for a quote or a chat!

 

 

 

fm-Issues

Features in FrameMaker 2019 I have some trouble with.

 

PDF Creation Error

This shows recurring errors I have using FrameMaker 2019 for a client - AlfaLaval.

The videos shows me creating a pdf out of a book file. The pdf creation works first time. But if I try to repeat it, it fails. Twice. Using different approaches and with different fails. I can not create two pdf files in one FrameMaker session. I have to restart FrameMaker between each pdf generation session.

AlfaLaval has just migrated from FrameMaker to Arbortext, but has a huge amount of documents still in Frame. We have spent quite a lot of time trying to figure out what goes wrong in this process, but so far without luck. The documents seem okay. 

 http://framemaker.dk/images/2019/fm-issues/pdf-errors/index.html

 


Reference graphic frame

This video shows one of the user interface errors in FrameMaker 2019.

Draw a graphic frame on a body page, and you will have acces to a menu allowing you to "Rename Reference Frame".

Only that menu does not work, because you can only rename the reference frame on the Reference Pages. The menu being active in the wrong context makes it into an error, because the user is dumbfounded. "Why does nothing happen when I click the menu?"

This may seem a small issue, but as a trainer, I find it really hard to argue that nobody at Adobe has seen this issue and fixed it in a package costing about 8000 DKK.

 http://framemaker.dk/images/2019/fm-issues/referencegraphic/index.html

 

Fit to Frame

Fit to Frame is a new feature which was introduced with FrameMaker 2019. While its a really good idea, it does seem only half finished.

As I show in this video merely using the feature once, will make the document loose control of the imported graphics resolution.

While you can use Fit to Frame, you can not afterwards use "Fit to Frame Propotionally" or vice versa and in all instances resolution info is lost. So... the feature works. This is a feature which was one of the main selling points for FrameMaker 2019, though.

http://framemaker.dk/images/2019/fm-issues/fit-to-frame/index.html

 

 

Suggestions

These are feature suggestions I have submitted a long time ago, but still think would be nice to have. You may already have seen them, but if not - here they are.

1: I think it would be nice to be able to directly embed tracking codes in the published HTML5. There are other analytics tools besides Google and being able to figure out what content is being crawled in the analytics would be nice.

I am aware that this is possible merely by inserting the code using a text editor, but this would be easier for most users.

Feature01

 

2: It is possible to assign master pages to specific paragraph tags using a table on the reference pages. While this works, I have never encountered a user who knew about that feature.

I think it would be much more intuitive to put that feature as a tab on the Paragraph Designer like this:

Feature02

 

3: While it is possible to have anchors for graphic frames to "run into paragraph", this is not possible for tables. It is very common to have a table starting on top of a page, and that is merely possible if there is an anchor paragraph above it. Which requires the use to create a small paragraph style in 2pt or some other workaround.

It would be really nice if it was possible to have tables "run into paragraph"

Feature03

 

 

Adobe FrameMaker training

Adobe FrameMaker is a wonderful piece of software which consistently and effectively helps a lot of companies with their publishing need. It may be technical documentation, catalogues or traditional typesetting - FrameMaker does it all.

Adobe FrameMaker is, however, also a very application with an enormous amount of functionality. FrameMakers scope and somewhat different interface makes job applicants with FrameMaker knowledge pretty scarce.

Independent tailor made training

Does your company need Adobe FrameMaker training? We can offer tailor made training sessions on introductory level or advanced level.

 

App development with Adobe FrameMaker

You can publish your manuals and user instruction guides as apps, which can be downloaded to the customers mobile phone or tablet.

There a lot of advantages utilizing this approach over pdf and print.

  • The app is responsive. Meaning you don't have to pan in it like in a pdf.
  • You can have an index and a glossary, making it possible to work with metalayers of information.
  • You can embed video and sound.
  • You can embed options for buying directly in the app.
  • You can link to catalogues of spare parts and consumables.
  • You can take the manual along with you in the field and access it whereever you are.
  • The company gets a much improved track of their customers and can do aftersales. Also it is possible to track what parts of the manual has been used.


Adobe FrameMaker enables you to work with your information in a single sourcing manner. Meaning that the same manual can be published as a pdf for for the companys server and as a deliverable to the customer. It can, however also be published as an app and become part of the Google / Apple app ecosystem

Kontakt FrameMaker.dk for mere information og et tilbud. Vi giver også gerne en demo af konceptet.

Please contact FrameMaker.dk for more information and a quote. We are also happy to give a demo of the concept.

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Graphic Services

FrameMaker.dk - graphic services and consultancy i Adobe FrameMaker, InDesign etc.

FrameMaker.dk is a graphic service provider and consultant specializing in technical publishing with Adobe FrameMaker and RoboHelp. We do, however also use InDesign, Word and other tools within the publishing world.

We are "Adobe TechComm Partners" and participate in the yearly "Global TechComm Partner Meetup" in Stuttgart. We are also TEKOM members and participants in the betatesting and development of Adobe FrameMaker.

We are experts in

  • Editing and revising
  • Template design
  • Publishing to HTML5, apps and help file systems
  • Language management and translation

Adobe FrameMaker - the powerful and flexible tool for technical documentation and single source publishing

Adobe FrameMaker is used for tasks that span from ordinary book publishing over helpfiles to technical documentation, multimedia productions and reference works.

These years a lot of focus has been on the options for publishing to Sharepoint servers, html5 and apps. Those are options which are vastly facilitated by Adobe putting a lot of work into making FrameMaker fully DITA compliant.

FrameMaker.dk offers freelance-work and consultancy within everything Adobe Technical Communication Suite

Info

FrameMaker.dk

Graphic design and development in Adobe Technical Communication Suite
V. Bjørn Smalbro

Industriparken 23
2750 Ballerup
Phone: 20 96 09 19

email: info@framemaker.dk

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