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Month: June 2010

Adobe FrameMaker: More on Reference Pages

by Barb Binder In a previous post, Adobe FrameMaker: What are Reference Pages?, I talked a bit about the most basic reference page, called Reference. In a new default document, when you chose View > Reference Pages, you land on a page that looks like the one below, and you learned about the purpose of the top two frames. […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: What are Reference Pages?

by Barb Binder FrameMaker  offers three types of pages: Body, Master and Reference. Body pages are where you will do most of your work. This is where you flow your text and place pictures. Master pages are for the repeating elements: the headers, footers, logos–items you want to appear on every page and in the same position. […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: A Few Favorite Timesavers

by Barb Binder Over the past 20+ years, I’ve worked primarily as a computer trainer, but try to set aside between 20-25% of my time for production work. This gives me a chance to get out of the classroom and relax, but also to learn what it’s like for my students to actually work in their […]

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Adobe Acrobat: Did you Know Acrobat.com has Shared Workspaces?

by David R. Mankin We all used to share documents by shooting them back and forth via email.  Many people still do.  Not me – not anymore.  I signed up for my free Acrobat.com account right after Adobe made the amazing service available.  I’ve written about it several times.  From a browser on any computer in […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Dictionary-Style Running Heads

by Barb Binder If you are creating reference materials like a dictionary, glossary or telephone directory, you may be called on to produce “live” running heads, but with a twist. FrameMaker’s Running H/F 1 variables are all set to go gather paragraphs from a document and display them in a running head, but the assumption is […]

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Adobe Acrobat: Proofing a Large Doc on a Small-Format Printer

by David R. Mankin You want a big sign!  Nothing permanent, but you’d like to make a quick, VERY large printout.  Your printer, however, can’t accommodate paper larger than legal size.  Let me show you how to print a “normal-sized” document to larger proportions… using Acrobat! The print dialog box in Acrobat is one of the […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Even Smarter Running Heads

by Barb Binder In a previous post, Adobe FrameMaker: Smart Running Heads, I covered creating smart running heads (using variables for “live” running heads that pull data off the page). These are great for your readers because they can tell at a glance what chapter and/or section they are in. But what if you need to […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Smart Running Heads

by Barb Binder One of the FrameMaker features I rely on heavily for my technical documents is the use of “live” headers and footers. Once I get them set up, they will automatically pull text off of my page into the running heads so that the reader can quickly see what chapter they are in, or […]

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Adobe InDesign CS4 & CS5: Replacing Text with Icons, Really Fast!

by Barb Binder A little known addition to Adobe InDesign CS4 was the ability to replace an object by pasting the contents of the clipboard. This can be useful in a variety of ways, but it’s is the single easiest way to replace a text string with an icon in a document. Here’s how: Select an […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Copy Special

by Barb Binder Like most modern computer users, I’m a big fan of copy & paste. I bet you are too, but have you ever wondered about FrameMaker’s Copy Special? What’s it all about, Alphie? Basically, Copy Special extends the copying option to formatting, condition tags and even table column widths. Of course, once these items […]

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