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    Are there any known problems (with updates, please!) regarding creating a PDF from Framemaker 12 book file on Windows 10?

    None of the files in the book will save as a PDF -- no error messages; just nothing happens. I was able to create a PDF from a new document (not in the book) with no problem, but when I try Save As PDF to any files in the book, it creates a 0 bytes pdf file.  Has anybody else seen this and/or have a solution? I had a chat session going, and then Chrome kicked me off. . .


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  • 09/29/17--07:33: Interactive content advice
  • Looking for advice/resources/suggestions on how a guy would go about producing an interactive encyclopedia or technical manual ap from framemaker files for all devices.

     

    I'm imagining an interactive interface that would organize the sections graphically rather than your standard layout.  For example, for a repair manual all the sections could be organized or housed within a graphic image of the product that would allow the user to touch/click on some part of that product and up would come that section of the manual.

     

    Years ago I had done something along this line in Flash, but this strictly for laptop and not all that robust.  Was no where near the volume of material that I'd be looking at now.

     

    Was thinking about doing the same thing in Adobe Animate, which is basically HTML5 Flash, loading up Html files produced by Framemaker whenever anyone clicks on them, but wasn't sure if this was the right product for the job.

     

    Is there another approach I should be looking at?


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  • 09/29/17--10:27: Nested numbered steps in EDD
  • Hi, All.

     

    I've been trying to fix my EDD for days and cannot get it to work correctly. I'm working in Structured Framemaker  12.0.4.445 and will be publishing in PDF.

     

    My goal is to format all of my procedure steps through the EDD as opposed to pointing to paragraph formats. Here is what I'm trying to accomplish:

     

    1.

    2.

         a.

         b.

              1.

              2.

     

    Instead, I am getting this:

     

    1.

    2.

         a.

         a.

              1.

              1.

     

    It seems like I have tried everything! I'm sure it's a really simple fix, but I can't figure it out. Also, I can't change or add any elements without written permission from God, so I have to work with what I have. Below is the step portion of my EDD.

     

    Thank you for you help!!

    __________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________

     

    Element (Container): step1

     

         General rule:   (<TEXT> |emphasis | columnhead | button | field | keycap | label | checkbox |

                                  dropdown | radiobutton | tab | pane | compoutput | filename | icon | menu | shortcut | window |

                                  userinput | replaceable | para | xref | warning | caution | note | subpara1 | GRAPHIC)*, step2*

     

         Attribute list

              1.    Name: id                                          Unique ID                    Optional

              2.    Name: label                                     String                           Optional

              3.    Name: chglvl                                   String                           Optional

              4.    Name: delchlvl                                String                           Optional

              5.    Name: inschlvl                                String                           Optional

              6.    Name: security                                Choice                          Optional

                   Choices:    u | c | s | ts

     

         Text format rules

     

              1.    If context is: {first}

              Basic properties

                    Indents

                        First indent: 0.0”

                        Left indent: 0.25”

                   Line spacing

                        Height: 13.0 pt

                   Tab Stops

                        Tab stop position: 0.25”

                   Default font properties

                        Size: 11.0 pt

                   Numbering properties

                        Autonumber format: A:<n=1>.\t

     

              Else

              Basic properties

                   Indents

                        First indent: 0.0”

                        Left indent: 0.25”

                   Line spacing

                        Height: 13.0 pt

                   Tab Stops

                        Tab stop position: 0.25”

                   Default font properties

                        Size: 11.0 pt

                   Numbering properties

                        Autonumber format: A:<n+1>.\t

     

     

    Element (Container): step2

     

         General rule:   (<TEXT> | emphasis | columnhead | button | field | keycap | label | checkbox

                                  | dropdown | radiobutton | tab | pane | compoutput | filename | icon | menu | shortcut | window |

                                  userinput | replaceable | para | xref | warning | caution | note | subpara1 | GRAPHIC)*, step3*

     

         Attribute list

              1.    Name: id                                          Unique ID                    Optional

              2.    Name: label                                     String                           Optional

              3.    Name: chglvl                                   String                           Optional

              4.    Name: delchlvl                                String                           Optional

              5.    Name: inschlvl                                String                           Optional

              6.    Name: security                                Choice                          Optional

                   Choices:    u | c | s | ts

     

         Text format rules

     

              1.  If context is: {second}

                   Basic properties

                        Indents

                             First indent: 0.25”

                             Left indent: 0.5”

                        Line spacing

                             Height: 13.0 pt

                        Tab Stops

                             Tab stop position: 0.5”

                        Default font properties

                             Size: 11.0 pt

                        Numbering properties

                             Autonumber format: B:<a=1>.\t

     

                   Else

                   Basic properties

                        Indents

                             First indent: 0.25”

                             Left indent: 0.5”

                        Line spacing

                             Height: 13.0 pt

                        Tab Stops

                             Tab stop position: 0.5”

                        Default font properties

                             Size: 11.0 pt

                        Numbering properties

                             Autonumber format: B:<a+1>.\t

     

     

    Element (Container): step3

     

         General rule:   (<TEXT> | emphasis | columnhead | button | field | keycap | label | checkbox

                                  | dropdown | radiobutton | tab | pane | compoutput | filename | icon | menu | shortcut | window |

                                  userinput | replaceable | para | xref | warning | caution | note | subpara1 | GRAPHIC)*, step4*

     

         Attribute list

              1.    Name: id                                          Unique ID                    Optional

              2.    Name: label                                     String                           Optional

              3.    Name: chglvl                                   String                           Optional

              4.    Name: delchlvl                                String                           Optional

              5.    Name: inschlvl                                String                           Optional

              6.    Name: security                                Choice                          Optional

                   Choices:    u | c | s | ts

     

         Text format rules

     

              1. If context is: {third}

               Basic properties

                   Indents

                        First indent: 0.5”

                        Left indent: 0.75”

                   Line spacing

                        Height: 13.0 pt

                   Tab Stops

                        Tab stop position: 0.75”

                   Default font properties

                        Size: 11.0 pt

                   Numbering properties

                        Autonumber format: C:<n=1>.\t

     

              Else

              Basic properties

                   Indents

                        First indent: 0.5”

                        Left indent: 0.75”

                   Line spacing

                        Height: 13.0 pt

                   Tab Stops

                        Tab stop position: 0.75”

                   Default font properties

                        Size: 11.0 pt

                   Numbering properties

                        Autonumber format: C:<n+1>.\t


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    Hi;

     

    I just started working with Framemaker scripting this afternoon and using sample scripts here I've got the main skeleton of my program complete. I know that a similar script was posted here years ago to move markers to the start of words, but the script appears to have vanished and the one I'm working on needs to move the markers to the beginning of the paragraph that they're currently residing in (it help translation immensely).

     

    So far my program opens a book and, one chapter at at time, finds all of the Index markers. I need to move those markers, but I don't have enough of a handle on the language yet to get it working.

     

    The key function is here:

     

    function moveMarker(doc, mrkType, pgf, offset)

    {

        if (!doc.ObjectValid() )

        {

            return;

         }

        mrker = doc.FirstMarkerInDoc;

        while (mrker.ObjectValid() )

        {

            if (mrker.MarkerTypeId.Name == mrkType)

            {

                 var str1 = mrker.MarkerText;

                

                 /*  A quick test to confirm it's finding the Index markers */

                

                   $.writeln(str1);

                     cnt ++;

                    

                 /* 

                     A counter to check how many Index markers it's finding

                     in the whole book -- will need a counter for number in each paragraph

                     to use as the offset from beginning of each paragraph

            */ 

                   $.writeln(cnt);

             }

            mrker = mrker.NextMarkerInDoc;

          }

      }

     

    My thoughts are to start each paragraph with a paragraph-counter (p-counter) set to "0"; once the script finds an Index marker, it should cut the marker, then past it to the start of the paragraph using the p-counter as the offset, then increment the p-counter (that way it should always paste the marker after the last one -- so it won't re-find the markers it's already found).

     

    The main script currently starts with the first Index marker in a document and, when it hits the end of a document, moves to the next document in a book -- I know I'll need to have it start with the first paragraph in a chapter and track paragraphs as it goes.

     

    Any suggestions on how best to do the cut--and-paste, as well last track the paragraph the marker is in?

     

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

     

    Thanks,

    Walt Sterdan


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    frame maker 11 crash when opening
    i get this message of internal error when trying just to open the programm


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    Hi,

    I've had Robohelp 7 installed on a virtial machine. But now we formatted the disk, so the lincence has been attached there,

    I need to reset it in order to reinstall the old Robohelp 7 on a Windows 7 machine.

     

    Thank you


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    Hi--I want to attach text to change bars to show when a change was made to my document; i.e. I want to add the text "17" next to the change bar to show the change was made in 2017. There are already change bars in the document with "14" next to them to show the change was made in 2014 edition (shown in image below).

    Thanks! --Andy

     

    change bar.PNG


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  • 10/02/17--14:12: Landscape tables in FM 12?
  • In some portrait-oriented chapters, I am about to make long and wide tables that are multiple pages in length. I'd prefer to have them be landscape-oriented.

     

    I found a forum reply that says once a table is rotated, it cannot be edited. Is that always the case?

     

    Years ago, I thought there was an easy way to do this in FM 6, but then I didn't use FM for several years, and am now trying to work my way back into FM, using version 12, a very different animal.

     

    Do I have to create all of the tables squished into portrait orientation, and then only rotate them just before I have to create PDF output files? That would be a nightmare, because these will be tables that require fairly regular editing.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Michele


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    Every time I come back to the FrameMaker Developer Center page, I find it frustrating that it is not a link on the main FrameMaker 2017 page Adobe FrameMaker (2017 release)-For XML/DITA Authoring & Publishing.  Instead you have to find your way to the FrameMaker Help resources page which you get to from Adobe FrameMaker Learn & Support.  I know you can bookmark the page and it is a simple URL to remember, but why make it so obscure?


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    I have a huge unstructured FM document, which contains a lot of Index markers. These markers exist in different chapters (files) of a book. I've created a variable, which is already applied and used in "body" of all files. However, I cannot find solution of adding such variable to Index markers.

    Will anybody help?

     

    Thank you in advance

    Kind regards

    Pavel Noga


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    I bought my adobe frame maker 10 some years ago CD-installation.

     

    I have just recieved a new computer and I need to install my frame maker 10 again. My installtion seem to be complete. But when I try to open the file I need to edit - this message appear.

     

    Why cant I install my FM 10?

     

    Ann


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    How to copy / Paste across multiple rows/columns in a table.

     

    Copy into buffer one <text> from Word into Untitled.fm works fine.

    However cannot copy and paste a row of 5<texts> into existing table row in FrameMaker 2017

     

    "No table cells on the Clipboard"

     

    Please advise

    rhonda

     

    copyPaste.png


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    I'm an editor of an industry journal, and got corrections back from an author. He wanted the numbering of footnotes changed. I've attached a screenshot below; he wants the "17" changed to a "15" but I'm not sure how to do that. I'm hoping I can do this and the numbering is automatically changed for all subsequent footnotes.

     

    By the way, I work primarily in Word, so appreciate any FM help. Thanks!--Andy

     


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    I have a couple of appendices that use conrefs. These appear correctly when I open the doc in Frame, but some of them (not all, it is inconsistent) do not appear in the generated PDF file.

     

    Is anyone else seeing this with recent versions? Is there a known issue, here?

     

    I saw a similar thread thread here, but that was from 2010. It involved Frame 8 and tables. I am using Frame 2017 and the format is just <ul> items in body text.

     

    Any advice will be appreciated.

     

    –Randy Clark


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  • 10/05/17--10:49: quotes problem
  • Using the frameMaker 2017 version, we get xml files from other departments, but since upgrading from Fm10, the straight quotes are giving problems.

    Capture.PNG

    As shown, the quote sits on top of the letter c. We can change them manually, using the typographical quotes, but that cannot be the solution.

    I've been looking around in the help file, but I didn't find an answer.

    Someone on the forum who has any suggestions?


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    How do I get my custom master pages to display in the the Master Page Usage dialog?

     


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  • 10/06/17--02:16: Edit Building Blocks Value
  • Hi All,

     

    I am a new FM2017 user. I'm editing a document with an existing template and I need to update the value of some of the variables.

     

    Under: Insert->Variables->'Edit' (Chapter Name)->Definition field: <$chaptertitlename>

     

    How do I change the value of this building block? Do I overwrite it with a simple text?

     

    Thank you,

     

    Vicki


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    Trying to move my Framemaker License from my old laptop to my new
    Desktop. When i put in the SN, the startup script accepts the SN and loaded the
    SW. When I try to run Framemaker, it tells me that the "License for this
    product has expired".

     


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    I recently moved from FrameMaker 11 to FrameMaker 2017. One of my forms of output is PDF.

     

    When generating a PDF from a Ditamap in FM11, PDF bookmarks work perfectly, each pointing to the correct place in the document. In FM2017, however, the bookmarks all point to the same named destination, so all of the bookmarks go to the first page.

     

    Was there a change in FM2017 that might have caused this issue? Is there something I may have overlooked when adapting my templates and EDDs from FM11 to FM2017?


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    Hi

    Sorry this is a bit of a long question.

     

    I maintain a library of XML documentation using a variety of editing tools. Some years ago I set up a structured application in FrameMaker v8 to allow editing of our documents but it wasn't that great. We do still occasionally use it when we need to do major surgery to some documents but it isn't our first choice for most jobs. However I've been asked to have another look at the latest Frame version to see if things have improved. Before I start the free trial I just have a few queries which I hope will get me over the line a bit faster and help me avoid any traps that might catch out somebody still thinking in v8 terms.

     

    1. Is structured Frame still reliant on importing a DTD into an EDD or can it use XML schemas now?

     

    2. One of the problems we have with Frame v8 is that it can only run XSL v1 stylesheets on open/save. We had a couple of transforms that needed XSL 2.0 functionality so we had to introduce a manual step on every save. Can the latest Frame incorporate XSL 2.0 stylesheets into the workflow?

     

    3. Has the management of graphical elements improved? They were always a problem.

     

    4. Lastly, is there any substantive change in the way the latest Frame handles structured documents that I really need to be aware of before I start?

     

    Thanks in advance

    Trevor


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