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Here are the reference books and training manuals available from Tech Comm Tools. All books come with a coupon good for $50 any Tech Comm course, meaning the book is free when you sign up for a Tech Comm Tools course.

FrameMaker Reference Books (Unstructured Content)

FrameMaker - Working with Content reference book, FrameMaker 2017

This is the FrameMaker 2017 update of the #1 FrameMaker reference series, and the only one written for FrameMaker 2017.
Includes many short examples, and is used extensively in my live classes and online courses.

FrameMaker 2017 introduced the following new and updated features:

  • Menu reorganization
  • Command Search
  • High resolution (4K) display support
  • Improved image insertion workflow
  • Designer and Catalog redesign
  • Pod and workspace improvements
  • Project Manager
  • New HTML5 frameless layouts
  • Basic HTML output

FrameMaker 2015 (version 13)

FrameMaker - Creating and Editing Content reference book, FrameMaker 2015

This is the FrameMaker 2015 version of my reference book, with hundreds of screenshots, and short exercises to guide you through beginning and advanced topics.

No additional files needed for procedures in the book.

FrameMaker 12 and 2015 introduced the following new and updated features:

  • Background color behind paragraphs
  • Direct digital publishing (HTML5, WebHelp, EPUB, Kindle, MS HTML Help)
  • QR code generation
  • Table usability improvements
  • Ability to resize pods
  • Package utility
  • Smart filters in pods
  • Restore Session capability
  • Currently opened files pod
  • Regular Expression support
  • Integration with Adobe Experience Manager
  • Mobile PDF review
  • Simultaneous review and authoring workflow
  • Dropbox (and cloud-based file sharing) integration
  • Right to left language support for editing and publishing
  • Conditional text extended to book components
  • Use custom fonts in EPUB
  • Publish mobile apps (iOS and Android)
  • Customize WebHelp skins
  • Dynamic content filtering in HTML5 and mobile apps
  • Improvements to direct digital publishing
  • Auto-insert table continuation variables
  • Conditional table columns
  • Mini TOC
  • Improvements to visual conditional indicators
  • Improvements in table fill display
  • Totally new MS Word import wizard
  • In-app messaging

FrameMaker 11 reference book

Publishing Fundamentals: Unstructured FrameMaker 11

This is the FrameMaker 2015 version of my reference book, with hundreds of screenshots, and short exercises to guide you through the beginning and advanced topics.

No additional files needed for procedures in the book.

FrameMaker 11 introduced the following new and updated features:

  • Interactive multimedia links for 3D objects
  • Object styles
  • Identify and refer to content using line numbers
  • Hotspots
  • Smart Insert
  • 3D object part links
  • Preferences dialog enhancements
  • New publishing formats in FrameMaker Publishing Server
    (requires separate purchase of FrameMaker Publishing Server)
  • More markers
  • APIs to automate the CMS connectors’ functionality

Print is unavailable
Because of dramatic improvements to the FrameMaker features and interface, I recommend you upgrade to a more recent version of FrameMaker, and I've discontinued the print version of this book.

FrameMaker Structured Content Workbooks

FrameMaker - Structured Authoring workbook (FrameMaker 2019)

Learn to work comfortably within the Structure View, the Element Catalog, and the Attributes pod. After completing this workbook, you'll be able to quickly create books, tables of contents, and indexes.

You will be able to recognize and correct invalid structure. (content that doesn't conform to your content model)

This is the only FrameMaker structured workbook series available and has completely updated exercises, exercise files, and screenshots for FrameMaker 2019.

If using a previous version of FrameMaker, please see FrameMaker - Structured Authoring workbook (FrameMaker 2017) below.

This book is excellent for classroom use. Digital copies are licensed only for use by purchaser.
They are not to be used in a classroom or otherwise distributed without proper licensing.
For classroom use please contact me for an appropriately licensed and distributable copy for your students.

 

FrameMaker - Structured EDD Development workbook (FrameMaker 2019)

Learn to evaluate and construct structured content models using FrameMaker and the FrameMaker Element Definition Document (EDD).

You will learn to define:

  • simple elements like Heading and Paragraph
  • more complex elements, like those used for cross-referencing
  • attributes and their values
  • formatting for basic elements
  • more complex formatting based on attributes and attribute pair combinations
  • conversion tables for converting unstructured content to your content model based on applied styles

This is the only FrameMaker structured EDD workbook available and has completely updated exercises, exercise files, and screenshots for FrameMaker 2019.

This is important because of the extreme interface and capability changes in versions 9 through 12. Earlier versions of exercise files are also available on request.

Download workbook exercise files

FrameMaker Structured EDD Development workbook (2019 release)

FrameMaker Structured EDD Development online course

 

FrameMaker - Structured Authoring workbook (FrameMaker 2017)

Learn to work comfortably within the Structure View, the Element Catalog, and the Attributes pod. After completing this workbook, you'll be able to quickly create books, tables of contents, and indexes.

You will be able to recognize and correct invalid structure. (content that doesn't conform to your content model)

This is the only FrameMaker structured authoring workbook written since FrameMaker 9, and has completely updated exercises, exercise files, and screenshots for FrameMaker 2017.

This is important because of the extreme interface and capability changes in versions 9 through 12. Earlier versions of exercise files are also available on request.

Download workbook exercise files

FrameMaker - Structured Authoring workbook (2017 release)

FrameMaker - Structured Authoring online course

FrameMaker Structured EDD Development workbook (FrameMaker 2017)

Learn to evaluate and construct structured content models using FrameMaker and the FrameMaker Element Definition Document (EDD).

You will learn to define:

  • simple elements like Heading and Paragraph
  • more complex elements, like those used for cross-referencing
  • attributes and their values
  • formatting for basic elements
  • more complex formatting based on attributes and attribute pair combinations
  • conversion tables for converting unstructured content to your content model based on applied styles

This is the only FrameMaker structured EDD workbook available and has completely updated exercises, exercise files, and screenshots for FrameMaker 2017.

This is important because of the extreme interface and capability changes in versions 9 through 12. Earlier versions of exercise files also available on request.

Download workbook exercise files

FrameMaker Structured EDD Development workbook (2017 release)

FrameMaker Structured EDD Development online course

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