A large number of organizations across the globe use FrameMaker 10 and FrameMaker Server 10 for their content authoring and publishing needs. Tom Aldous of Adobe will guide attendees on how to best leverage the tools to streamline enterprise workflows and realize unprecedented productivity benefits. Apart from the demonstration by Tom, attendees are welcome to share any best practices known to them.
Is FrameMaker a “real” XML editor and publishing solution?
As many of you know, prior to coming to work for Adobe as Technical Communication Suite, FrameMaker and RoboHelp Product Evangelist, I was Managing Partner of International Training and Consulting Company Integrated Technologies, Inc. for two decades.
I jumped on the structured authoring bandwagon early on. We had a very strong customer base made up of marquee names like Solomon Smith Barney, Bellcore, Moodies Investor Services, Lucent and so on. Our clients usually lead the way. Bellcore, now called Telcordia introduced me to the SGML standard format. They requested that our Company teach them FrameMaker Builder and later FrameMaker + SGML.
I saw the benefits of structured / SGML authoring right away. Guided authoring, separating formatting from content and DTD structure validation. We helped large enterprises convert their legacy content to SGML and later XML. At that time I was application independent as an organization, but I found myself constantly supporting Structured FrameMaker implementations. Sure there were occasions when I was asked to support other XML editors, but the client paid more and the users usually required much more hand holding and training.
Let’s get to the subject of, “Is FrameMaker a real XML editor and publishing solution?”
I see the following as absolute must haves for an XML editor:
1. Create and edit XML files. The ability to create a new XML file, open an existing XML file, modify it and save it.
2. The XML file should be validated against a DTD or schema on open and save. You should be able to validate the content being created against the structure definition to guarantee that your content will be validate upon save.
3. A “real” XML editor should support major standards and custom structures as defined by the user.
4. XML standards should be supported without any configuration out of the box. Generic Templates should be provided without extra cost.
5. View the element structure both inside the document window and a structured tree view window separating content from structure.
6. The ability to automatically run a XSLT style sheet on open and save, if you choose to.
The above are must haves! If you care about Return on Investment (ROI) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), then the following are also important:
1. The author should be able to become productive with minimal training as they are using a familiar interface even when doing XML authoring
2. All WYSIWYG XML authoring applications require some customization, if it is going to reflect the Corporation look and feel, even if we are talking about authoring XML using an existing standard. This customization should be easily learned or cheaply outsourced to a consultant.
3. You should be able to leverage the XML Author Templates for use in publishing paper and PDF. No additional configuration and cost. Furthermore, you should be able to publish to multiple formats and devices
4. Integration with major Content Management Systems at no additional cost.
5. Easy to do reviews with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) with minimal to no extra cost
The list can go on and on. So, how does FrameMaker fare on these criteria? FrameMaker meets and exceeds all of the above mentioned areas and more.
So can you create XML content with FrameMaker? Yes and it’s easier with FrameMaker than any other editor.
Can you publish XML content with FrameMaker? Yes, we support print and PDF XML publishing with a couple of clicks of a button. We can also publish XML to EPUB (tablets and smart phones), HTMLHelp, AdobeAIR, CHM files, EclipseHelp, JavaHelp and more with the Technical Communication Suites 3.5, which includes FrameMaker 10 and RoboHelp 9.
Can any other XML editor author the same content FrameMaker created? Of course, as long as they support the standard or custom structure being used.
Can you easily collaborate with authors and SMEs on XML content creation? Yes, we integrate with most of the leading content management systems out there. We also provide a low cost and easy-to-use review workflow in the PDF based review.
and publish an XML documents and topics with FrameMaker 10.
Also, if you are interested in trying a fully functioning copy of FrameMaker 10 for 30 days or try it in a web browser, you will want to go here.
Also, if you want to calculate the Return on Investment of moving to an XML workflow, you will want to try our new XML ROI Calculator at http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=roicalc
Switch from MadCap Flare, Author-it, or Doc-To-Help Enterprise or Doc-To-Help for Word and save 40% off Adobe RoboHelp 9!
Join me, 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.
I was asked by a customer / consultant today, how we can save FrameMaker 10 to non framed HTML files. The key is to split the topics and link them while not using frames.
She has the requirement to create HTML output that can be indexed by search engines like google. This method is old school.
We have been busy creating, encoding and posting new “How To” Technical Communication Suite 3, RoboHelp 9 and FrameMaker 10 videos on AdobeTV.
They are being posted to the following shows:
- Exciting New Features in Adobe RoboHelp
- Special Integration Within Technical Communication Suite 3
- Enhanced Structured Support in Adobe FrameMaker
We plan on posted one new RoboHelp 9, FrameMaker 10 and Technical Comminucation Suite 3 video every weekday until someone puts a stop to us or we just run out of film …
Link To Recorded Session – https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?loc=en_us&id=1825892&event=register_no_session
Dynamic User-Centric Content in Adobe RoboHelp 9 and Powerful Analytics in Adobe RoboHelp Server 9
Recorded On Wednesday, June 8, 2011
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Eastern
Description - Join Tom Aldous, Adobe Product Evangelist, for an interactive and engaging eSeminar where he will be showing you how to build an Adobe AIR Application that leverages the conditional text in Adobe FrameMaker 10 to create Dynamic User-Centric Content (DUCC) output filtering in Adobe RoboHelp 9. Tom will also walk you through the powerful analytical capabilities of Adobe RoboHelp Server 9.
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.
I wanted to let everyone know that AcrobatUsers.com asked me to do an interview on Technical Communication Suite 3 and FrameMaker 10 PDF Accessibility.
Here is the AdobeTV published Interview. We are in the last 25% of the video.
Here is a list of new Enhanced Structured Support in FrameMaker 10 videos on AdobeTV
In this episode, you’ll learn about the enhanced XML Attribute Editor
Add Multiple Topicref Elements To Maps
In this episode, you’ll learn how to insert multiple topicref in a DITA Map
Compare Structured Files
In this episode, you’ll learn how to compare to Structured FrameMaker Documents
Create Expressions Conditions Unstructured FrameMaker
In this episode, you’ll learn how to create build expressions in Unstructured FrameMaker
Create ConfigFileMaker xml file
In this episode, you’ll learn how to build a ConfigFileMaker XML file to be used with creating pulldown attribute choices
In this episode, you’ll learn how to use the ConfigFileMaker file
In this episode, you’ll learn how to modify the Maker.ini file to change the default save option for invalid XML content
Create New XML
In this episode, you’ll learn how to use the new file / new /xml option
Enhanced Tag View
In this episode, you’ll learn how to collapse child elements in the document view using the new enhanced View Element Boundaries
Filter By Attribute Expressions
In this episode, you’ll learn how to create Filter By Attribute Expressions and apply them.
Filter By Attribute format
In this episode, you’ll learn how to add format indicators to Filter By Attribute expressions
In this episode, you’ll learn how to create or edit a rules file using the new rules wizard
In this episode, you’ll learn how to create a Structure Application using a new wizard
Enjoy the videos and spread the word!
The goal of every good Structured FrameMaker Template Maker is to make developing documentation as easy and standard as possible for the Editor.
With frameMaker 10 you now have the ability to insert a full substructure of elements with the insertion of the parent element.
I wanted to give you a practical use case for this type of functionality. I also wanted to show you what is possible when you add creativity with new functions.
With this in mind, I have created a How To Video http://tv.adobe.com/watch/sneak-peeks-framemaker-10-robohelp-9-and-adobe-technical-communication-suite-3/auto-insertion-of-multiple-child-elements/
Here are the files I created or modified for this exercise. http://www.aldousxml.com/Adobe/AutoInsert/Structure.zip