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

by Barb Binder 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 by one of my […]

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

by Barb Binder 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 how: Choose View > […]

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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 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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Adobe FrameMaker: Shading Behind a Paragraph

by Barb Binder This question comes up in class every now and then. In the past (meaning FrameMaker 9 and earlier), the answer was always a single-cell table. For FrameMaker 10, you may be able to simply add a background color behind the paragraph, or perhaps you will still choose a single-cell table. Which one is […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Removing Bold Page Numbers in a Table of Contents

by Barb Binder I like mixing bold headings in my table of contents with regular weight text, but I don’t like the bold leaders and page numbers that go with it: I just think it looks awkward. My preference is to leave all of the generated paragraph formats in regular weight, and then use a character […]

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