Thanks to everyone at the 9/19 free session!

I had a great session with everyone in Thursday’s 9am Pacific office hours session. We didn’t have any RoboHelp users in today’s session, so the majority of topics were FrameMaker. Here’s a quick list of what we discussed. Managing titles in autogenerated FrameMaker files (we used a List of Figures, or LOT in our example)…

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RoboHelp 2019 Update 9 Released

Adobe released an update to RoboHelp 2019 today. You can access this free update either by using the Help > Updates command in RoboHelp or by visiting https://www.adobe.com/support/robohelp/downloads.html Here’s what’s been added and fixed: Feature enhancements Use the new Word output feature From RoboHelp, you can now generate output in DOCX format regardless of whether MS…

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Updated FrameMaker training syllabus

I had a chance last month to update my FrameMaker – Creating (Unstructured) Content syllabus for the live online class version. I’ve included the main points here, and you can see the longer, up-to-date version on the syllabus page itself. This is the current syllabus for the 2-day live online class, running about every 5-6…

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Free online sessions for subscribers

I’ll make it short and sweet: Starting on September 12, 2019 I’ll be running a 1-hour interactive session, tentatively scheduled for every Thursday at 9 am Pacific. Basically it’s the same interactive consulting I do with clients but in a public setting. I’ll be taking suggestions for topics in advance, and I’m open to screen…

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RoboHelp 2019 merged help: Adding new projects

RoboHelp has long been able to produce merged help, which combines any number of different RoboHelp projects into a single output. I recently updated, upgraded, and merged an 18-project system for a client, and wrote a version of the following for when new projects need to be added. If you have to upgrade and add…

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FrameMaker 2019 Update 4 now available

Adobe released FrameMaker 2019 Update 4 today. Use the Help > Updates menu item in FrameMaker 2019 to update, or visit https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/product.jsp?product=22&platform=Windows to download the updater manually. Interested in FrameMaker 2019 training? See TRAINING in the menu above for a free Introduction to FrameMaker 2019 course, as well as courses in advanced authoring and template design…

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Structured Fm workbooks for less than on Amazon

Get my structured FrameMaker workbooks for $42 each. That’s 15% off of the retail price, and even less than you can buy it from Amazon. It’s even a better deal than if you buy it from my Tech Comm Tools seller account, since I can’t cover the tax that Amazon charges on their system. Amazon’s…

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RoboHelp 2019 Update 8 Released

Adobe released an update to RoboHelp 2019 today. You can access this free update either by using the Help > Updates command in RoboHelp or by visiting https://www.adobe.com/support/robohelp/downloads.html Here’s what’s been added and fixed: Feature enhancements Use the new frameless output RoboHelp Update 8 introduces frameless output with sleek layout designs and an improved user experience.…

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Upcoming RoboHelp Live Class

I’ll be running a two-day live online class in second week of July. Class dates are flexible right now. They can be either Wednesday and Friday or Wednesday and Thursday, depending on attendee preference. Because I’m running this session for an important client, this will be a very small class. I only have around 6 slots available, so please…

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Customizing DITA templates in FrameMaker 2019

There are two important places to control formatting for your DITA content in FrameMaker 2019: Output formatting (for PDF, HTML5, and other output) is defined within the Publish pod Screen formatting (for displaying content while creating or editing content) is defined in a template, part of a structured application file Changing Output Formatting To edit…

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Separate content from formatting and change your life

I am honored to have spoken this week at Scott Abel’s Tech Docs Roundup conference this week. The conference was at the top of venture capital row, directly above SLAC, the Stanford Linear Accelerator. This 3-day event was filled with talks surrounding content, and how to best deliver information to your audience. My session focused…

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Managing Multiple FrameMaker Templates

I got this great question from a student: I usually use 12 pt. copy in my projects, but my readers often request to have a 15 pt. version of the same material. I’ve been changing the font size chapter by chapter. Is there is a better way to do this? What about changing from LTR…

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Two free RoboHelp 2019 webinars in May

Interested in finding out about RoboHelp 2019 and its brand new interface? Or maybe you already are familiar, but would like to see what’s bright and shiny in the new version. Either way, join me as I host a pair of Adobe webinars on May 22 and May 23. Register for both RoboHelp 2019 webinars…

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RoboHelp 2019 Update 7 Released

Adobe released an update to RoboHelp 2019 today. You can access this free update either by using the Help > Updates command in RoboHelp or by visiting https://www.adobe.com/support/robohelp/downloads.html Here’s what’s been added and fixed: Feature enhancements Generate output in command-line mode Like RoboHelp Classic, you can now invoke RoboHelp 2019 as a command-line utility for…

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Registration for Creating Content ends tonight

Today is the final day of registration for Creating Content with FrameMaker. And there’s only one more reminder email this afternoon to make sure you don’t forget to sign up at the last minute. I’d like to say registration will re-open soon, but I expect to be running my Templates course, as well as Creating Structured Content in FrameMaker and Structured Template…

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