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Adobe FrameMaker: Text Symbols

 By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker In FrameMaker, the term “text symbol” refers to the non-printing characters in a FrameMaker document. You can control the visibility of these text symbols using View > Text Symbols or Esc v t. (To invoke the Esc key shortcuts in FrameMaker, press each key sequentially, not consecutively. […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: How to edit the PDF Preset List

 By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker and Acrobat When you create a PDF in FrameMaker, the first decision you encounter is which job option aligns with the document intent. Are you just emailing this to a client for feedback on the layout? Posting it on a website where someone may decide to print […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Variables

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker FrameMaker offers two types of variables: System variables and user variables. Variables are used to add content to our documentation that we know is going to change. Once you add variables to a document, you can edit the variable definition and it will be FrameMaker’s job —not […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: What to know about working with generated files

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker FrameMaker will happily create, or generate, files for you. A table of contents, a list of tables, a list of figures, a list of effective pages and an index are all examples of generated files. They are fairly easy to set up, and once working, you can […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Master page basics

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker Adobe FrameMaker offers three sets of pages: body pages, master pages and reference pages. Body pages display the content that is seen by the reader and are typically numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Body pages make up the bulk of a FrameMaker document. Master pages hold […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Resetting Preferences

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker Sometimes a software application begins to behave erratically, and you start thinking about an uninstall/reinstall. This happens less in FrameMaker than in my CC applications but the need still arises. Before you uninstall, try regenerating the FrameMaker preference folder. Close FrameMaker Open a File Explorer window Navigate […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Adding Bleeds and Trim Lines

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker A question came up today about how to set up a graphic that bleeds off the side of page in FrameMaker. It’s not intuitive, but it can be done. In the image below, I added a banner to the left side of the page. The paper size is 6″ x […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Numbered headings, continued

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker Updated: May 22, 2020 Today in class, a question came up on numbering headings and paragraphs. I directed my students to this earlier post, which explains how to number chapters and headings. It was good start, but they also wanted to number tables and figures, which I had totally […]

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Adobe Acrobat: Splitting a PDF using Bookmarks

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Acrobat This question came up in a FrameMaker class recently: my student needed to provide a single PDF for a large project, and then break it into smaller sections for posting online. FrameMaker has a checkbox for this function and that solved her issue. But then it came […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Smoother Import of Word Files with Style Mapping

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker We have been able to import Word documents into FrameMaker files for as long as I can remember, but with FrameMaker 2015 the process has been dramatically improved. Now when you import a Word document (.doc file is recommended) into FrameMaker, you will be presented with a […]

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