Adobe FrameMaker 10: FrameMaker Alert Boxes
by Barb Binder
FrameMaker has a long history of alerting us to various problems in our documents. We have alert boxes that pop up when we:
- Open a document with unavailable fonts,
- Open a document that was saved using an earlier version of FrameMaker,
- Open a document that contains one or more unresolved cross-references, or
- We perform an activity that will clear the history, effectively removing access to Edit > Undo and Edit > Redo (i.e., changing the margins or columns).
New in FrameMaker 10 is the addition of a checkbox in all four alert boxes to turn them off forever. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Who wants to continually be reminded of something we already know? Well, I think that’s the key. I will gladly disable the Clear History message and not look back, because I know which actions clear history. I’m also unconcerned about the alert for converting an older file to the current version of FrameMaker. (Once I upgrade to a new version, I usually don’t go back.)
The other two, though? I’d leave them on. There’s no way I want to get to the printing stage and then suddenly realize that I have unavailable fonts and/or unresolved cross-references. Sure I can fix them both, but I might miss my deadline doing it.