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If you’re publishing PDFs from DITA and want high quality with minimal effort, you should consider using DITA-FMx and FMx-Auto. If you’re already using FrameMaker and DITA-FMx, FMx-Auto will enable you to create the same PDFs you’re getting through manually saving the FMx-generated book to a PDF, using scripting or batch processing. If you’re currently […]

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First let me point out that I’m a bit of a Mac-head. After 30+ years of using “IBM PCs” I made the switch to Macs a little over two years ago. Mac desktop (Mini), Mac Server (Mini), Mac laptops (MacBook and MacBook Pro), not to mention the iPhones and iPad. Yeah, completely jumped ship. I […]

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People often complain that it’s too hard to edit XML files in FrameMaker. Before you can effectively edit files you need to set up a structure application for that XML model. A structure application is a set of special files and instructions that tell FrameMaker how to apply formatting to the XML tags and content […]

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In order to create a custom AIR Help application, you must first install the Flex and AIR SDKs. I’ll walk you through the simple installation process, then give you some sample AIR Help source files to test. This process assumes that you’re not using Flash Builder or another IDE for development. If you are using […]

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May/10

10

AIR Help Primer

Before we can discuss AIR Help, you need to understand the basics of Adobe AIR. So let’s start there… What is Adobe AIR? Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) is an application development technology for creating native desktop executables that can be installed on multiple operating systems. The AIR development technology provides the developer with a […]

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While it is true that FrameMaker excels at the creation of printed content and PDF files, there is absolutely no reason that it should be limited to the creation of chapter-based and book-centric content. FrameMaker works with files, you get to decide what those files represent .. books, chapters, sections, topics, or snippets. For years, […]

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Mar/10

27

PDF Publishing with DITA-FMx 1.1

FrameMaker and DITA-FMx provide the easiest and least expensive way to get the highest quality PDF output from your DITA content. In addition to the numerous authoring features in DITA-FMx, it also provides many useful publishing options. Some of the more popular are listed below: Add related links from relationship tables Flatten conrefs and ensure […]

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Well .. I guess you’d have to define “real XML editor,” but if by real you mean that the editor can open XML files on disk, and write the edited XML back to disk, then it’s as real as any other XML editor that I’ve seen. All XML editors have different features, and you may […]

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DITA-FMx offers some features that make new file creation simple and easy. Entering the title for the new topic in the New File dialog box automatically creates the file name based on a format that you have defined using special building blocks. You can also create new files using “element templates” which pre-populate the topic […]

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DITA-FMx 1.1 provides a number of authoring features not available in standard FrameMaker 8 or 9. Some of these features are not available in other DITA editors, and are typically found only with a content management system. This video provides a quick tour of those features. If you’re a new user of DITA-FMx or are considering […]

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