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Month: November 2011

Adobe FrameMaker: The Page Count Variable for Books—Part II of II

by Barb Binder Edited: Jan 21, 2020 In a previous post (Adobe FrameMaker: The Page Count Variable for Chapters—Part I of II), we learned how to track and reference the page count of a single chapter. But what about trying to keep track of the last page of a multi-chapter book? That question was posed recently […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: The Page Count Variable for Chapters (Part I of II)

by Barb Binder Updated: Jan 21, 2020 FrameMaker makes it easy to track (and reference) the page count of a single chapter. FrameMaker ships with a Page Count variable that makes it easy to set up running heads with page numbers that look like this: 1 of 10, 2 of 10, 3 of 10, etc. Here’s […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Change Bars (Part I in the Editing Series)

By Barb Binder Once upon a time, the vision for FrameMaker was to be one of those 3-in-1 programs that were popular back in the ‘80s (remember Lotus 1-2-3?). The three components were word processing, illustration and page layout. Fast forward 25 years and FrameMaker is not the first program you are going to consider […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Compare Documents (Part II in the Editing Series)

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker Updated May 19, 2018 Another question I regularly hear from my Adobe FrameMaker students is how to quickly compare two different versions of a single file. There’s an easy answer, but because the command isn’t readily visible, it’s often overlooked. Here’s how it works: Open two versions […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Track Text Edits (Part III in the Editing Series)

By Barb Binder The next topic in our FrameMaker Editing series is on Track Text Edits. (Previous articles in the series are on Change Bars and Compare Documents.) Adobe introduced Track Text Edits in version 8. This is a familiar tool to many Word users, and is a terrific way to allow an author to […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Importing PDF Comments (Part IV in the Editing Series)

By Barb Binder “We have engineers who like to do their own editing. Can I export the text out of FrameMaker into Word so that they can edit their own documents?” This was a question posed by a student in one of my Advanced Adobe FrameMaker online classes. The immediate answer is that yes, one […]

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Adobe Illustrator: Setting New Document Profile Defaults

by Barb Binder Updated Aug 5, 2016 for CC 2015 Adobe Illustrator handles setting new document defaults very differently than InDesign & Photoshop. We set system defaults in InDesign by closing all open files, and making choices in the various menus and panels. From that point on, InDesign uses those choices as the defaults in each […]

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Adobe Illustrator: I Can’t See What You are Trying to Show Me!

by Barb Binder Ok Adobe Illustrator CS5: you might be turning 25, but I’m rapidly approaching 50. As my eyes continue their decline, I find myself struggling to see what you are trying to communicate to me. Besides purchasing enough pairs of readers so that at least one pair one is always within reach, what’s a […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Keeping Track of Table Sheets

by Barb Binder Tables that span multiple pages are no fun to lay out, but they come up regularly in many technical publications. Two little known features that are available to help our readers figure out where they are in a multi-sheet table are the Table Continuation variable and the Table Sheet variable.  I covered the […]

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Adobe CS, CC & TCS Applications: The Importance of Custom Workspaces

by Barb Binder [Author’s Note: to watch a video on using workspaces in Adobe FrameMaker 11, check out FrameMaker for Word: Workspaces on Adobe TV] When my husband tells me I’m special, it’s not exactly a compliment. He doesn’t mean it as an expression of esteem, respect, affection, or admiration; he means I’m a little like […]

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