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  • 07/21/18--02:20: Workspaces in FrameMaker
  • Workspaces are a wonderful FM tool for efficient working. I have spread my FM pods over three screens. But there are two issues that I don't like:

     

    1. Randomly the structure view disappears (FM10 and FM2017). Is the structure viewnot a part of a custom workspace?
    2. A book (new or opened) always displays on the left side of the document window on my main screen. But the document window should only display my document. And the book should be displayed automatically on my second screen to the left of my main screen. How can I achieve this?

     

    Any suggestions would be very welcome.


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  • 06/18/18--08:56: Framemaker 2017 Account
  • We just installed FrameMaker 2017 under the IT guy's Acrobat account. I was going to sign him out when Frame warned me that signing out will disable FrameMaker. As the user do I need an account?


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    Hello all,

     

    Working on this right now and no luck thus far (I suspect I would need to change something in the Reference page for the TOC - but what do I know....).  It seems to me that there is nothing "wrong" here and that the customer will just need to accept (I've seen other manuals having the same condition). 

     

    See how the Chapter title is on one page, then the headings are on the next:

     

     

    Thanks in advance.

     

    Ben


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    We have to translate some documents containing non-translatable terms, e.g. trade marks like Adobe or terms from HMIs like Open or Close.

     

    How can I tag such terms directly in FM, so that the CAT tool (e.g. SDL Trados) marks them as not to be translated or even does not offer them for translation to the human translator?

     

    • A special term list does not help, because within a context some terms have to be translated (e.g. the term Open in bodytext), but within another context the same terms should not be translated (e.g. the term Open in HMIs).

     

    • I know, other tools provide "inner elements" like X-Trans for tagging terms. What does FM offer?

     

    Many thanks in advance.


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  • 06/18/18--08:56: Framemaker 2017 Account
  • We just installed FrameMaker 2017 under the IT guy's Acrobat account. I was going to sign him out when Frame warned me that signing out will disable FrameMaker. As the user do I need an account?


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  • 07/24/18--05:37: Color Change Problems
  • Hi All,

     

    I am able to change some color definitions of a FM template file.
    The first script I apply set successfully the "Color_OFF" mode as follows:

     

    *     This script saves set a FM template file in Color_OFF mode.

    *     The changes automatically made are :

    *                                        Character Format

    *                                            _Variable colour set to Black color

    *                                            _Variable Corporate set to Black color

    *                                        Colour Definition

    *                                            'Blank Date' color composition set to 0% Cyan

    *                                            'PDF_Bookmarks' color composition set to 100% Black

    *                                            'Table' color composition set to 100% Black

    *                                            'Table:1' color composition set to 100% Black

    *                                            'Table:1_' color composition set to 100% Black

    *                                            'Table:A' color composition set to 100% Black

    *                                            'Table::a' color composition set to 100% Black

    *                                            'Table:(1)' color composition set to 100% Black

    *                                            'Table:(a)' color composition set to 100% Black

    *    

    ****************************************************************************************** ********************************************/

    // Set variables

    var charfmtcol = new Array('_Variable colour', '_Variable Corporate');

    var col = new Array('Blank Date', 'PDF_Bookmarks', 'Table', 'Table:1', 'Table:1_', 'Table:A', 'Table:a_', 'Table:(1)', 'Table:(a)');

    var colorb = "Black";

     

    // Get the active document.

    var doc = app.ActiveDoc;

    var colorb = doc.GetNamedColor(colorb);

     

    // Check if FM template document is active

    if (doc.ObjectValid() == true)

        {

            var i = 0;

            while (i < 2)

                // Change color of a character catalog type

                {

                    var charfmt = doc.GetNamedCharFmt(charfmtcol[i]);

                    if (charfmt.ObjectValid() == true)

                        {

                            charfmt.Color = colorb;

                            doc.SimpleImportFormats (doc, Constants.FF_UFF_FONT | Constants.FF_UFF_REMOVE_EXCEPTIONS);

                        }

                    i++;

                }

            i = 0;

            while (i<10)

                {

                    // Change a color definition

                    var colorfmt = doc.GetNamedColor(col[i]);

                    if (colorfmt.ObjectValid() == true)

                        {

                            if (i == 0)

                                {

                                    colorfmt.Cyan = 0;

                                }   

                            else

                                {

                                    colorfmt.Black = 6553600;

                                }

                            doc.SimpleImportFormats (doc, Constants.FF_UFF_COLOR);

                        }

                    i++;

                }

         alert ("Script execution is completed!\nColor_OFF mode is now applied.", "Set-Color-OFF_in-Template");

        }

    To reverse these color settings, I have tried unsuccessfully to execute the second script below :

                                        

    *     This script saves set a FM template file in Color_ON mode.

    *     The changes automatically made are :

    *                                        Character Format

    *                                            _Variable colour set to Red

    *                                            _Variable Meggitt set to Magenta

    *                                        Colour Definition

    *                                            'Blank Date' color composition set to 100% Cyan

    *                                            'PDF_Bookmarks' color composition set to 0% Black

    *                                            'Table' color composition set to 0% Black

    *                                            'Table:1' color composition set to 0% Black

    *                                            'Table:1_' color composition set to 0% Black

    *                                            'Table:A' color composition set to 0% Black

    *                                            'Table::a' color composition set to 0% Black

    *                                            'Table:(1)' color composition set to 0% Black

    *                                            'Table:(a)' color composition set to 0% Black

    *    

    ****************************************************************************************** ********************************************/

    // Set variables

    var charfmtcol = new Array ('_Variable colour', '_Variable Meggitt');

    var color = new Array ('Red', 'Magenta');

    var col = new Array ('Blank Date', 'PDF_Bookmarks', 'Table', 'Table:1', 'Table:1_', 'Table:A', 'Table:a_', 'Table:(1)', 'Table:(a)');

     

    // Get the active document.

    var doc = app.ActiveDoc;

     

    // Check if FM template document is active

    if (doc.ObjectValid() == true)

        {

            var i = 0;

            while (i < 2)

                // Change color of a character catalog type

                {

                    var charfmt = doc.GetNamedCharFmt(charfmtcol[i]);

                    if (charfmt.ObjectValid() == true)

                        {

                            charfmt.Color = color[i];

                            doc.SimpleImportFormats (doc, Constants.FF_UFF_FONT | Constants.FF_UFF_REMOVE_EXCEPTIONS);

                            alert("i = " + i + "\ncharfmtcol = " + charfmtcol[i] + "\ncharfmt.Color = " + charfmt.Color);

                        }

                    i++;

                }

            i = 0;

            while (i<10)

                {

                    // Change a color definition

                    var colorfmt = doc.GetNamedColor(col[i]);

                    if (colorfmt.ObjectValid() == true)

                        {

                            if (i == 0)

                                {

                                    colorfmt.Cyan = 6553600;

                                }   

                            else

                                {

                                    colorfmt.Black = 0;

                                }

                            doc.SimpleImportFormats (doc, Constants.FF_UFF_COLOR);

                        }

                    i++;

                }

         alert ("Script execution is completed!\nColor_ON mode is now applied.", "Set-Color-ON_in-Template");

        }

    Do you have any idea why the second script cannot set back the color parameters to their original settings?

    Thanks.

     

    JM


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  • 07/24/18--13:35: Markers in Indices
  • Here is a simple index:

    When activating the text symbols, it looks like this:

    I've added some spaces before and after the marker symbols to clarify things.

    As you can see, there are 6 marker symbols - at first sight.

     

    In the lines 2, 4, and 6 the marker text is:

    • openObjectId Test1.fm:1 998704
    • openObjectId Test1.fm:1 998851
    • openObjectId Test1.fm:1 998979

    So far, so good. This was the easy part.

     

    In the lines 1, 3, and 5 there are markers, too.

    Question 1: What's the purpose of these markers?

     

    And what's even more irritating, in the lines 1, 3, and 5 there are not only 3 markers, but much more:

    The marker symbols overlap each other. Therefore, again I've added some spaces before and after the marker symbols to clarify things.

    The marker text is:

    Line 1:

    • newlink Symbols
    • newlink ๆ (Question 2: What's that symbol?)
    • newlink Numerics
    • newlink A
    • newlink B
    • newlink C

    Line 3:

    • newlink D
    • newlink E
    • newlink F
    • newlink G
    • newlink H
    • newlink I

    Line 5:

    • newlink J
    • newlink K
    • newlink L
    • newlink M
    • newlink N
    • newlink O
    • newlink P

     

    Question 3: What's the purpose of all these markers?


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  • 07/24/18--14:27: Better, Clearer Screenshots
  • Hello,

     

    I'm using FullShot 9 to capture screens/windows within a software program, saving my captures as JPEGs, and then copying them into anchored frames in FM 12. When I save my FM file as a PDF, the images aren't clear until I zoom to 150%. I've tried changing the "PDF Job Options" under the PDF Setup Settings to both Press Quality and High Quality Print.

     

    The images are still legible at 100%, but they make me feel like I'm not wearing my glasses. My team says they're good to go as-is, but I'd like to learn how to make them better if I can. They'll ultimately be appearing both in print and online.

     

    If there are any workarounds that would make these full-window screen shots stay sharp even at 4x6", please send them my way!

     

    Best wishes,

    Cameo


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    Another question: In unstructured FM, can marker symbols (text symbols) be customized and without having to use a Character style or a condition to assist with its visibility? For example, say I want to use the Comment marker in a particular way on a section heading, but the heading also has an Index maker symbol and a bunch of other markers. All the marker symbols look the same unless you apply a character tag to them, but for time management reasons, I want to avoid that step - I just want to be able to insert a marker that would automatically look different depending on the type that I select (for example, I was imagining that the ability to customize markers might be the same way that you can already customize Conditional Text markers [Edit Condition Tag], so why not marker tags?). If a section heading has a bunch of markers on it, it's difficult to visually distinguish them from one another and hypothetically, I don't have time to then select the marker to then apply a character tag to achieve that visibility. So I was wondering if there was a way to distinguish Index markers from Comment markers, for example (or, in another way, since they're text symbols, is there a way to customize text symbols?).

     

    Additionally, is there a way to make marker text visible inline without having to open the dialog? For example, inline, similar to Word's hidden text setting.

     

    Note, I'm NOT talking about editing the marker name/type (i.e., using Edit Custom Marker Type). I'm talking about the way the symbol displays on the page in View Text Symbols mode  (i.e., can the T symbol be customized and again, w/o having to apply a character tag).

     

    I've searched in the Help, Reference page, and Preferences, and have right-clicked on the entry field in the Marker dialog, but haven't found anything (and although I like the unicode character options in the Marker dialog right-click menu, but don't think that answers the question). Plus searched through the forum on "marker" etc., but no dice.

    Thanks.


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  • 07/26/18--01:59: Cross-ref pod/window
  • I used to have a window next to variabless and conditional tags at the bottom of the FM window which would list cross-ref and unresolved cross-ref with page number etc and was different from the cross-ref pod used to insert cross-refs and edit their format, but I can not find it how can I get it back?

     

    jusn


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    I would have posted this as a comment in the Frame 2017 cannot print to PDF or PS or Printer as of April 6, 2018 thread if it was not locked.

     

    I am running Windows 10 Version 1709 OS Build 16299.579.

     

    Any attempt to create a PDF with “Convert CMYK Colors to RGB” selected, results in PostScript error: “Error: typecheck; OffendingCommand: findfont; Stack: /Font (Courier) /courier” Clearing the “Convert CMYK Colors to RGB” check box results in a PDF, but with unacceptable color shifts (described as “very washed out” by posters in the other thread).

     

    I cannot install the fix released by Microsoft on July 24—KB4340917 (OS Build 17134.191—because my company restricts updates via WSUS. I tried downloading and installing the standalone package but got: “The update is not applicable to your computer.” Not surprising because I’m not on Windows 10 version 1803. Because I can’t install the update that fixes the problem, I’m hoping I can uninstall the update that introduced the problem.

     

    My question: Does anyone know which Windows 10 version 1709 update might have introduced the problem? Thanks!


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    Or do text frames have fixed dimensions, which can only be changed manually?


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    Hi I am continuously getting this error" An internal error occured while writing ipmorted graphics in this document......" how to solve it?@


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    I have full licensed version of Adobe FrameMaker. I am unable to safe any files as a PDF. How do I correct this?


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    I am not able to install FrameMaker 17 after downloading the two files.


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    Although this used to work in the past, I am no longer able to save a book as PDF.

     

    I have tried with a simple test book with a single one page file.

     

    When I ask to save as PDF, Framemaker seems to work but then nothing happen : no error, no file created.

    When I ask to print using Adobe PDF printer, I get an error saying : « Impossible to print because default printer not compatible with Framemaker (Cannot qurey command escape 768) » (this is a translation from the French error message).

     

    However, I may ask to print to « Microsoft print to PDF » printer. It works.

     

    I have Acrobat Pro DC version 2018 installed. But it seems Distiller is never used.

     

    Any idea that may help ?

    Thanks a lot.


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    My IT department had to install FrameMaker 10 on a virtual machine for me, but they used the version from our Montreal office, which has the French language interface. How can it be switched to the English version? There doesn't appear to be any way of doing it though the GUI as far as I can tell. Do they have to uninstall and reinstall it? Or can they just rerun the installer and switch it?

     

    Thanks

    Keith


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  • 06/20/18--13:45: Assign an ID to an Element
  • When I right + click on an element, I can choose Assign ID to Element. Is there an ExtendScript function or method for doing this? Thanks.

     

    Alternatively, is there a solid JavaScript algorithm for generating an unique value? -Rick


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  • 07/31/18--03:35: Frame maker Migration
  • Hi Team,

    We are planning to migrate Frame maker from Windows server 2003 to Windows server 2008.

    Current Setup in Windows 2003: 
    Frame maker 8 
    Frame script 5

      1. We would like to know the Fm and Frame script compatible version with Windows server 2008.
      2. If we are migrating to another version of Fm whether all the templates in Fm 8 will be supported in new Fm version.

      We understood that the latest version of Fm is Frame maker 2017. What is the preferred windows version to have the latest Fm.

       

      Thanks & Regards,

      Archana S


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    • 07/31/18--08:28: MIL-STD 38784
    • Does anyone out there in FrameMaker Land know of templates for the standard AF tech orders based on MIL-STD 38784? We are a small shop of 3 writers trying to establish a stable writing platform and Arbortext has been a monster to try to set up - so we are now looking at FM. Any suggestions as to setting up a small TO writing/managment system using FM?


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