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Adobe FrameMaker 8 or 9 - 5 Days
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This is a comprehensive course covering FrameMaker from basic tagging and style format creation to advanced book building features. If you already have a template we can cover using FrameMaker and take out the customizing features for a three day course.

What's New in Adobe FrameMaker 9 - 1 Day

If you are already using FrameMaker 8 and wish to migrate to FrameMaker 9 this is the course for you. If there is time left over we can address specific FrameMaker questions from your group using your documents.

Adobe FrameMaker Template Design - (call for a quote)

We have created single-source FrameMaker templates for many Fortune 500 companies including StorageTek, Trane, and Agilent.  We can meet with your technical writers, assess their needs, and incorporate your ideas into one FrameMaker template. Our services can also include:
In-depth User’s Guide for your new template that can be used for years to come as you train new staff.
2) Customized hands-on training to teach your  staff  best practices for using your new unique template

FrameMaker 8 or 9 - 5 Day Course

  1. Preparing Word Documents for Import into FrameMaker
    • Prepare your Word documents for a successful import into your FrameMaker template.
    • How to import Word into Frame (what works best).
    • Cleanup your Word document in Frame.
  2. FrameMaker Basics
    • Getting familiar with the FrameMaker interface.
    • Applying predefined character and paragraph formats from your templates.
    • What is an override? How to avoid overrides.
    • Inserting page breaks.
    • Use the Save As and Save command.
    • Setup backup and save preferences.
    • Use View and Zoom menu commands.
    • 101 ways to navigate through a document.
    • NEW floating toolbars (vs. 9)
  3. Using and Reformatting Existing Templates in FrameMaker
    • Review of Your Templates.
    • Importing formats from other templates.
    • Setting up a side-head area.
  4. Overview of Master Pages.
    • Adding Page Numbers, Running Headers and Footers.
    • Applying the First Master Page.
  5. Editing Text
    • Overview of text Symbols in Frame.
    • Inserting special characters.
    • Select and deselect text.
    • Undo changes to text.
    • Use Smart Quotes and Smart Spaces.
    • Use the Revert to Saved feature.
  6. Applying Paragraph Tags
    • Overview of paragraph tags in your template and how to apply them.
    • What is an override? How to avoid overrides.
  7. Create your Own Paragraph Styles.
    • Overview of the Basic, Default Fonts.
    • Pagination, and Numbering Properties in the Paragraph Designer.
    • Creating auto-numbered paragraphs including bullets, Notes, 1,2,3, A, B, C.
  8. Using a Character Tag to Format Your Paragraph.
    • Applying Character Tags from your Template
    • Overview of Character formats in your templates and how and when to use them.
    • Using untagged properties from the format menu (Why Do Authors Cheat?)
    • Compare untagged font properties to template specific character formats.
    • Create your own character formats.
  9. Find/Change and Spell Check
    • Learn fun short cuts to format your document using Find/Change.
    • Find and Correct Spelling Errors (unique features in Frame).
    • Add words to Document and Personal dictionaries.
    • Explore the Spelling Checker options.
  10. Overview of Graphics Toolbox
    • Learn how to use the tools in the graphic toolbox that are unique to FrameMaker.
    • Creating Labels and Text Frames (what is the difference, cautions)!
  11. Anchored Frames
    • Create anchored frames and position in the text column.
    • Place graphics in anchored frames.
    • Align the anchored frame and its contents.
    • Resize, copy, paste, and delete anchored frames.
    • Use Cropped and Floating features.
    • Control space above with the FM_AN paragraph tags.
    • Position anchored frames outside the text column.
    • Importing Graphics by Reference.
    • Difference between “Import by Reference” and “Copy into Document”.
    • Importing and scaling vector and bitmap graphics (words of caution!).
    • How to link to PowerPoint Slides.
    • See how changing a PowerPoint Slide updates in the Frame file automatically.
  12. Working with Tables
    • Insert a table into a document.
    • Add and delete text in a table.
    • Select and deselect cells, rows, and columns.
    • Manually resize columns.
    • Add and delete rows and columns.
    • Set page breaks in a table.
    • Change row height and column size.
    • Straddle columns and rows.
    • Rotate cells.
    • Add graphics to a table.
    • Apply custom ruling and shading.
    • Convert text to a table.
    • Add the variables “Sheet 1 of 2” and “Continued” to a table.
  13. Inserting Footnotes
    • Add footnotes to a table.
    • Insert, move and delete footnotes.
    • How to change the formatting of your footnotes.
  14. Using Master Pages and Variables
    • Identify items on a master page.
    • How to add watermarks such as “Draft or Prerelease”.
    • Learn how to globally update master pages throughout the book.
    • Learn how to apply a specific master page - (i.e. First and Landscape).
    • Adding Variables including Running Headers and Footers.
    • How to map a paragraph tag to a Master Page using Reference Pages.
  15. Variables
    • What are variables and where are they used in your template.
    • Changing a variable.
    • Creating a user variable.
  16. Using Reference Pages
    • What are Reference Pages?
    • How to use the Reference Pages.
    • Edit items on Reference Pages.
    • Create your own Reference Pages for graphics or template instructions.
  17. Using Conditional Text for Student and Instructor or Commenting
    • How to turn on and off conditional text for Student and Instructor versions.
    • How to print Student and Instructor versions of a course.
    • Setup to “show all” for spell checking.
    • Create your own conditional text formats.
    • How to use conditional text for revision or draft notes.
    • Inserting and Troubleshooting
    • Use Boolean expressions for single source formatting.
  18. Cross-References
    • Review template cross-reference formats
    • Insert, edit and update a cross-reference.
    • Create cross-reference formats.
    • Fix unresolved cross-references.
  19. Building a Book
  20. Creating a Table of Contents
    • Generate a Table of Contents for a book.
    • Use the TOC Reference Page to format the Table of Contents.
  21. Building an Index
    • Inserting markers for an Index.
    • Learn various options for formatting Index entries.
    • Build and update the Index in a book.
  22. Generating a PDF of Your Book
    • Setup a PDF of the book - learn preferences for web and print.
    • Setting up bookmarks for the PDF in FrameMaker.
    • How to save your book as a PDF with active TOC, LOF, LOT and Cross-Reference links.
    • Setting up resolution in the PDF for Print or for Web.
    • Sending out a PDF for review to a group and collect edits from reviewers.
    • Importing comments from PDF files. (vs. 9)
  23. Optional if there is time
    • Review Exercise
    • Use your files to Create a New Book from Start to Finish
    • Import from Word to Frame.
    • Create a new book.
    • Rename all files in the book then rename the book.
    • Import files into the book.
    • Generate the book.
    • Successfully create a PDF of the book including troubleshooting book errors.

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Adobe FrameMaker 9

If you have hit the wall with Word, you may want to take a look at FrameMaker 9! Adobe FrameMaker 9 software is a powerful authoring and publishing solution for technical communicators and an essential upgrade for existing FrameMaker users who want to author and publish technical documentation in multiple languages.



Cynthia Rudy was a great instructor. As
an instructor myself, I understand the complexities of classroom interaction and delivering material that is brand new to some. She did a great job at incorporating aspects from all of the learners into the curriculum and is obviously an instructor who knows how to deliver material to a wide variety of learners.

Bill Smith, Agilent Technologies