FrameMaker 10, A Real XML Editor Plus

Today’s topic is about dispelling the rumor that FrameMaker is not a real XML Editor. Some people say this because FrameMaker has the ability to embed Processing Instructions into the XML Source. FrameMaker by default embeds these Processing Instructions. This gives the average user the ability to roundtrip Conditional Tags and Show / Hide setting without having to create an xslt stylesheet to filter their content on file open. FrameMaker of cause can also use xslt stylesheets to filter content, drop in Processing Instructions on open and delete them on save.

As you will see in the following video, you can always change FrameMaker’s default settings and have “pure xml” content at your discretion. FrameMaker is powerful and flexible. If you are in need of a recommendation of an Adobe Consulting Partner in your area that understands the power of FrameMaker, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy the video and spread the word!

http://www.aldousxml.com/RealXMLEditor/RealXMLEditor.htm

FrameMaker 10 – View and Modify XML Source

I heard through the grape vine that there were some new misunderstandings about how FrameMaker and XML features work.

I am going to address today, one of my favorite new FrameMaker 10 XML features, view XML source. It has been said that you can not edit your XML code in notepad, if you use FrameMaker 10′s new feature to open it.

With that in mind, I pulled together quick captivate video that shows you exactly how you can both view and edit your XML statement in Notepad with a simple turning off of network file locking in your FrameMaker Preferences. I also show you how you can modify the default “View In Notepad” settings to have a choice of XML source editors. My personal favorite is Notepad++.

Enjoy the video and spread the word!

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http://www.aldousxml.com/ViewXMLSource/ViewXMLSource.htm

Tom Aldous

Round-Tripping Your EDD In XML Format

Ok, for you expert XML / FrameMaker users and developers, I have posted a zip file contenting everything you need to round-trip an edd in xml format with FrameMaker 10.

You may ask why. If you know about xslt, then you are starting to get the answer. Once you save your edd to xml you can apply xslt stylesheets to transform your edd globally. I use this most often when I want to add the same specialized elements, attributes and formatting content and level rules to a variety of different edd’s.

You will probably find other uses. Be sure to let me know how you use this new capability.

Here is all you need to get started. http://www.aldousxml.com/Structure.zip

Tom Aldous

Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3′s Strengths

The day after the launch of The Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3, I find myself reflecting on what makes this suite so valuable to our customers.

The easiest answers could be found in the numerous new and core features, or is it the tight integration of FrameMaker 10, RoboHelp 9, Captivate 5, Photoshop CS5 and Acrobat X? Sure these are valuable. In many cases,  our customers use TCS 3 as a competitive advantage in their market space. As competition get more intense, our customers are embracing rich media embedded into their product documentation and Help Systems to differentiate themselves from their competition. I could go on forever in this direction.

Maybe it’s our training, developer and consulting partners. Just coming from that group recently, I know how valuable a good Adobe Business Partner is to our customers.

After walking into the middle of the launch of this suite, I would have to say that it might be something that many of us do not even consider. The people behind this suite, be it Developers, Product Management, Marketing, Sales or Back Office Support are absolutely dedicated and committed. Consent improvement and value-add is their driving goal. I am honored to be in their company.

Then again, could it be that the Technical Communication Suite is one of Adobe’s product groups. Having a Corporation like Adobe Systems Incorporated standing behind a product that is more than just a software purchase, but is a product that you build your workflows around has to give you a good night sleep.

What is your thoughts?

Thomas Aldous
Product Evangelist, Adobe Systems Incorporated
taldous@adobe.com
twitter – @tmaldous
blog – tmaldous.com

Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3

Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3 includes FrameMaker 10, RoboHelp 9, Captivate 5, Photoshop CS5 and Acrobat 10. FrameMaker 10 and RoboHelp 9 are new revision upgrades with many new features for existing users. The integration of the suite is tighter and the workflow solutions are numerous.

Stay tuned for E Seminars, How-To Videos, Interviews and News coming your way soon.

Thomas Aldous
Product Evangelist, Adobe Systems Incorporated
taldous@adobe.com
twitter – @tmaldous
blog – tmaldous.com

Introducing Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3: Six Industry Trends Captured By RJ Jacquez

Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3 is available today (1/11/11)!

I encourage everyone to follow the below link to RJ Jacquez’s excellent blog about “Six Industry Trends”

http://rjacquez.com/introducing-adobe-technical-communication-suite-3-six-industry-trends-captured/

Thomas Aldous
Product Evangelist, Adobe Systems Incorporated
taldous@adobe.com
twitter – @tmaldous
blog – tmaldous.com

New Adobe Technical Communication Suite Product Evangelist

I am very excited to be able to represent Adobe and the Technical Communication Suite.

I have spent the last two decades supporting FrameMaker as an independent Certified Technical Trainer and Consultant at client sites.

I encourage you to follow this blog, as I will be posting all updated information here first.

Thomas Aldous
Product Evangelist, Adobe Systems Incorporated
taldous@adobe.com
twitter – @tmaldous
blog – tmaldous.com
facebook – http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002253843065

By Tom Aldous

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