Helpfull Links To Assist With Your Evaluation Of FrameMaker 10

These links below will help with your evaluation of FrameMaker 10.

  1. Version comparison chart, PDF attached, webpage
  2. FM 10 launch webinar on-demand recording:
  3. All on-demand recordings of past webinars:
  4. Product training videos on Adobe TV:

XML Document Best Practices

When – November 2, 2011 at 1pm est

Register –

You have to attend this session. I will be showing you how to:

  • Apply xslt stylesheets on open and save. Better yet I will show you how to write a stylesheet to include a conditional build exp. Processing Instruction based on Root Attribute value.
  • Create Public ID’s for your XML statements. The how’s and why’s.
  • Hosting StructApp and Template files
  • Setup up your Structured FrameMaker 10 to prompt you for different Templates (Print / PDF) while opening an XML statement.
  • And more … if we have time.


Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Adobe RoboHelp with a Limited Period 40% Off “Switcher” Promotion

When : November 02, 2011 at 10am est

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Struggling with you current Help Authoring Tool? Looking to “switch” to a tried-and-tested tool? Adobe has the answer…and the perfect reasons too!

Switch from MadCap Flare, Author-it, or Doc-To-Help Enterprise or Doc-To-Help for Word and save 40% off Adobe RoboHelp 9!

Time frame: October 17th 2011 through February 16th 2012.

Join Tom Aldous, Adobe Technical Communication Evangelist, for an interactive and informative webinar, where Tom will discuss the top benefits of switching to Adobe RoboHelp 9 from MadCap Flare, Author-it, or Doc-To-Help. Also find out about the great resources that Adobe has made available to ‘enable’ the switching process and help maintain business continuity through the transition phase.

Leveraging RoboHelp Server 9

How to enhance, manage, track and optimize your Online Help Systems and Knowledgebases

October 25, 2011 – 1pm est

Recorded Video ->

Leveraging RoboHelp Server 9: How to enhance, manage, track and optimize your Online Help Systems and Knowledgebases ›


Tuesday, October 25, 2011
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM US/Pacific


Do you know how Adobe® RoboHelp® Server 9 software extends the managing and tracking capabilities of Adobe RoboHelp 9 software? Join Tom Aldous (Adobe Technical Communication Evangelist) for an interactive eSeminar, where he will demonstrate how to:

  • Set up and start using RoboHelp Server 9
  • Automatically build multiple sections of a project, and then publish as a unified online information system
  • Manage user rights and security, and take advantage of simplified deployment and content configuration
  • Track and analyze data navigation patterns and repeated search requests to optimize help content and enable powerful searches based on a wide range of variables

What Do You Need to Participate?               
Online live seminars are scheduled events simulcast over the web via Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro. You’ll need a computer with a browser, Adobe Flash player, and Internet connection. Audio is broadcast through Voice-Over IP via your computer speakers. Access details will be provided once you register.

To register you need your membership login and password. If you need to create a membership, or do not remember your login and password, please go to membership page.

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Seats are limited and eSeminars are scheduled to change without advanced notice.

It’s RoboHelp’s 20th anniversary year and we are celebrating it by offering you unprecedented value for your money

It’s RoboHelp’s 20th anniversary year and we are celebrating it by offering you unprecedented value for your money.

The best offer of the year is here – why use any other Help Authoring Tool, when you can use the best? Switch to Adobe RoboHelp from any of MadCap Flare, Author-it, Doc-To-Help for Word software and get 40% off! Go now!

There have been enough and more reasons to switch in the past (detailed list here):

  • User-friendly, intuitive interface of the WYSIWYG editor in RoboHelp 9
  • Next-generation collaboration and review workflows
  • Innovative and unique features to power progressive help documentation
    • Dynamic user-centric content
    • Integrate Google search
    • External content search
    • Community-generated content
    • Automated context-sensitive help authoring
    • Next-generation help documentation with Adobe AIR Help 2.0 >
      • Content curation and moderation-enabled commenting
      • Professional, personalized, and customizable appearance
      • EPUB output for multidevice publishing
      • Unparalleled integration with other Adobe products like FrameMaker, Acrobat, Captivate, Photoshop


And now, if you needed any more reasons, we offer you a great discount if you switch over to RoboHelp. So waste no time, come become a part of the Adobe family.


Useful links:

RoboHelp Switcher Homepage:

Customer testimonials for RoboHelp:

RoboHelp Resource Centre:



RoboHelp Switcher News – Help Spread The Word!

The RoboHelp Switcher news is on the social media:


Are you using the world’s best Help Authoring Tool? If you are, tell your friends. If not, here’s your opportunity: Switch to RoboHelp from MadCap Flare, Author-it, Doc-To-Help or for Word software and get 40% off!


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@parthsm : Get 40% off @Adobe #RoboHelp when you switch from other #HelpAuthoiring tools MadCap Flare, Author-it, or Doc-To-Help

Tweeter: Are you using the world’s best Help Authoring Tool? If not, here’s your opportunity: Switch to RoboHelp from MadCap Flare, Author-it, Doc-To-Help or for Word software and get 40% off!

Conversion To DITA – It Is Not An OverNight Event

As a content author, you’ve heard a lot about the benefits of migrating your unstructured content (Word, unstructured FrameMaker, etc.) to a structured format such as DITA. A key benefit to migration is that you can efficiently reorganize and reformat your content for multiple audiences, formats, and devices.

But migration is not just a matter of purchasing a software application and then clicking a “Convert” button. In my experience, migration is not a trivial effort. We know structured content is the end result, but we need to think about the entire transition process that migration requires.

Some organizations try to migrate all the content at once, which usually means stopping work on existing projects until completed. Some companies try to put together a massive pilot project and expect it to work perfectly in a short period of time. Neither of these approaches is realistic, which can doom migration to failure or even scare an organization from trying at all.

Successful migration projects are often broken into manageable chunks. This lowers the level of risk to the organization since they can learn from their mistakes and encounter delays without catastrophic results. However, this means that legacy unstructured content and new structured content will need to exist at the same time, which brings up an obvious problem: how do you mix both unstructured and structured content?

The solution is to use FrameMaker’s structured authoring mode. I don’t know of any other publishing tool that can mix and structured and unstructured documents. With FrameMaker, you can break down your migration project into bite-sized pieces. This is very reassuring to your managers, who like to minimize risk. To enable FrameMaker to understand both unstructured and structured documents: select File > Preferences > General, then change the “Product Interface” to be “Structured FrameMaker”.

I recommend the following migration workflow from unstructured to structured content:


migration workflow
Migration Workflow


You can tell FrameMaker to analyze the unstructured documents and automatically create a conversion table, which will be used to convert the unstructured content to structured content:

 Initial Conversion Table

This is how to generate the initial conversion table:

Initial Conversion Table

 Depending on how well the unstructured documents follow the style rules, FrameMaker can automatically generate up to 90 – 100% of the conversion. You can if necessary create XSLT to finish the conversion that FrameMaker cannot do automatically. If no one on your team wants to learn how to create XSLT, you can always have a conversion specialist consultant write them for you.

Once FrameMaker uses the conversion table to generate the structured documents, you can save as XML. FrameMaker can apply XSLT on save, if necessary to further modify your structured output. You can tell FrameMaker to publish the content to the desired type of output. As part of FrameMaker’s book feature, you can have any mixture of unstructured, structured and new structured XML documents, letting you publish your content at any point in the migration. This is a key ability that FrameMaker has to make your migration process manageable.

Once you have successfully completed the pilot migration, you can convert the next phase of documents. Although you will probably find additional issues that require that you modify the XSLT and the conversion table, your pilot project will probably have taken into account a large portion of the migration issues. Also, the pilot will form a strong foundation for your next migration phases.

By following these steps, FrameMaker will give your migration a much higher probability of success.

For more details on converting unstructured to structured content, watch the seven-part e-seminar “Unstructured to XML Workflow Series”:

Tom Aldous
Product Evangelist – Technical Communication Suite, FrameMaker and RoboHelp