Latest Blog Post In The Unstructured Authoring Series From Maxwell Hoffman, Our Adobe TechComm Product Evangelist

Here is the latest blog post in the Unstructured Authoring series from Maxwell Hoffman. In FrameMaker 11, one of the major new functionality that we are providing is Object style and designer, which enables you to define styles and tag  individual graphic objects /anchored frames etc. with those styles. Read the blog post to learn more about how to use this functionality.


Couple of other things

Which Version Of FrameMaker Is Your Favorite?

Everyone who has ever used FrameMaker in their daily workflow has their favorite version. In the past, mine was FrameMaker 4 with its Tables Formats, Book Building, Conditional Text and do you remember FrameMaker Viewer. When FrameMaker 7.2 came out and included both structured and unstructured document creation plus the addition of Acrobat for pdf generation, I was sold.

So many years later, I have seen many incremental strong FrameMaker release builds that gave us Track Edits, Multiple Undo, Auto Spellcheck, DITA / S1000D support, XSLT on Save and Open, etc. But with all of these useful features that were worth buying or upgrading for, I never loved these different versions equally (like a parent does). I always remembered 7.2 as being the special one.

Now that we have FrameMaker 11 with its profile configurable interface including menus modifications, XML Source Code, Author and the iconic WYSIWYG Views, XSLT any time, XPath, Object Tags and more,  I have a new favorite.

When the interface changed from 7.2 to 8.0 I had a hard time adjusting. Now with the profile configurable pull down menu interface where you can hide and show pallets, pods and menu items, I now can make FrameMaker 11 truly my own. I love how FrameMaker 11 reconfigures the interface because I tell it I am a designer of templates, reviewer, unstructured author or XML editor.

If you have not tried it, I highly recommend you do. Here is a link to download a fully functioning 30 day evaluation version of FrameMaker 11 at . You can buy it on the same page.

Let me know what your favorite features are.

Annoucing 3 key new and improved FrameMaker 11 related documentation!

Hope you are well. I am pleased to announce the availability of 3 key new and improved FrameMaker related documentation.


  1. We have provided documentation on couple of .ini files that come with FrameMaker. The first of these files is maker.ini, which has several flags through which you can control various aspects of FrameMaker. In addition, we are also providing documentation on the new ditafm-output.inifile in FrameMaker 11. Thought the flags in this file, you can generate professional looking PDF output easily from your DITA content (e.g. you have options for automatically generating TOC/ Index, setting numbering options, specifying templates etc.)
    1. For more information on what the documentation covers, please see the blog post
    2. The documentation for both these .ini files can be found at


  1. Updated FDK11 documentation(including what’s new) is also available now
    1. For more information on FDK11 documentation, see the blog post
    2. FDK11 documentation is available at the FrameMaker devnet page


Thanks to the Adobe Learning Resources team for producing and making this content available. Hopefully, FrameMaker developers and users will find this documentation useful. Let us know your thoughts/comments.