Adobe recently announced it has released an update for FrameMaker 12 (FM 12.03). Sr. Product Manager for Adobe Technical Communication Products, Kapil Verma provides a summary of the enhancements and bug fixes included in the release.
The enhancements available in both FrameMaker 12 & FrameMaker XML Author 12 include:
- Cleaner and faster Responsive HTML5 output along with a new Respnosive HTML5 layout
- Publishing time for non-PDF large files with many images has been reduced by 50%
- You can now ink FrameMaker documents in RoboHelp projects and insert Captivate videos even if you aren’t licensed for Adobe Technical Communication Suite (TCS)
- Struture View and table enhancements
- The Show/hide Conditional Text and Cross Reference dialogs are now resizable
A number of bug fixes have been made as well. Was there one in particular that was bugging you and did it get fixed in this release? You can get more details on the release at Adobe’s TechComm Central blog.
Users are the main concern when it comes to technical writing. Beyond words, beyond formatting, and beyond details, technical writers should be thinking about the end user. If you’re not worried about the user when writing, then you can’t write effectively or create a document that can be used consistently.
Adobe Systems is offering an e-seminar to help technical writers and technical writing teams with conveying information to users. Read on to find out how this seminar will help you.
This Friday, July 29th, Adobe is hosting a free webinar titled, Document Structuring 101: The Difference between Unstructured and XML from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT.
As its title suggests, the focus of the webinar is to look at the difference between unstructured content and XML content. If you haven’t yet jumped on the DITA/XML bandwagon in structuring your documentation, the webinar will give you some ideas of the benefits of using XML. It could just give you the motivation you need to jump in, or some ammunition you can use if you want to move your team in that direction.
This Adobe webinar will feature Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and Tom Aldous, Adobe Product Evangelist for its Technical Communication Suite.
The webinar will be delivered via GoToMeeting. Once you register, you’ll have access to links that will allow you to get set up and test your system to make sure it’s fully compatible for the presentation. If you’re not able to do that in advance, you’ll want to give yourself a little extra time before the webinar begins so you don’t miss any of the presentation.
Register for the Document Structuring 101: The Difference between Unstructured and XML Adobe seminar.
Articles on XML Authoring
Authoring in XML – Why Start?
Advice on Making the Move to XML Authoring
Who Says You Can’t Use MS Word to Do XML? (by Scott Abel)
EVENT: Adobe eSeminar – Getting it Right from the Start: Setting Up Online Help and Documentation Projects Correctly
WHEN: Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM US/Pacific
Technical communications tools like RoboHelp make it easy to create large, complex documentation projects without much advance project planning. Technical writers often see that capability as a great way to jump right on and save time on planning the project. However, taking what seems to be a practical, time-saving approach to help development can in fact be detrimental not only to the value of the final project deliverables, but to the budget, the delivery date and even to the morale of the documentation team. If nothing else, consistency will be lacking and additional time may be required to go back and make corrections.
Frustration can be avoided by defining as many settings as possible when the project starts, while there’s still time to think. And, at least when it comes to consistency, it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort, often just a day or two to define a small number of crucial control files and settings.
Adobe is holding a free, interactive online seminar, which will be hosted by Tom Aldous, Adobe Technical Communication Evangelist, and Neil Perlin, an Adobe Partner and an internationally acclaimed Subject Matter Expert in online help and documentation. Adobe promises that by participating in this seminar, you’ll wind up with greater consistency and maintainability within and across your help projects.
More information and registration for this online event
Eliminating the END GAME from Electronic Deliverables
Topic-Based Writing to the Rescue:
Project Considerations for Managers
Event: Online Seminar – Adobe RoboHelp as the tool of choice for Policy & Procedure Documentation
Hosts: Adobe.com and Lightext
When: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM US/Pacific
Adobe has announced it will be offering a free online seminar on using RoboHelp for policy and procedures documentation. The webinar will feature experts from both Lightext and Adobe and is expected to address:
- Project Management
- Search & Retrieval
- Creating Consistency
- Content Reuse
To register for the webinar, you’ll need an Adobe.com membership login and password. If you don’t already have an Adobe.com membership, you can register for one on Adobe’s Sign-In Page
Adobe’s webinar information page more information on the event as well as system requirements needed to participate in the session.
More Upcoming Adobe Online Events
Communicating Policies and Procedures for the 21st Century Organization (August 17, 2010)
Integrating Adobe FrameMaker 9 and Vasont Content Management Software to maximize XML content reuse(August 5, 2010)