In my previous posts on my favorite FrameMaker things (“brown paper packages tied up in string”), I covered the new and old features that helped me update Publishing Fundamentals: Unstructured FrameMaker 11.
I haven’t yet mentioned some of the most eye-popping new features of FrameMaker 11. If you’d like more information about them, see the videos and Reviewer’s Guide at Adobe’s FrameMaker product page (Golly, that narrator’s got a great voice .) The multimedia and 3D features are quite slick, DITA support is greatly improved and more intuitive, and structure view improvements are now on par with what many of us wanted many, many moons ago! (filed under “Better late than never!”)
I also appreciate the improvements to the TCS integration with RoboHelp and Captivate. With each release, the linking gets better, but for my money, not quite enough! The available formats also follow along nicely, with the latest version outputting both Kindle and HTML5. Now if only I can track down those niggling EPUB errors… Ah well, hope springs eternal, and I look forward to the release of a FrameMaker 12, where I dream of numbered lists that number, CSS that doesn’t require a web developer, and EPUB via RoboHelp that passes the absolute strictest of standards out of the box.
Of course that all reminds me of the end of Maria’s song from The Sound of Music:
When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember
my favorite things
and then I don’t feeel so bad!
Scriptorium’s Publishing Fundamentals: Unstructured FrameMaker 11 is slated for release in January 2013. It will be available in print through online bookstores and in EPUB format from Scriptorium’s online store.
Matt Sullivan trains individuals and groups on the applications that make up the Adobe Technical Communication Suite. He is certified as an Adobe Certified Instructor in all applications that are in the suite.
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