FrameMaker 2019 and a new Structured Authoring Workbook Now Available

FrameMaker 2019 is now 64-bit, and has a fully revamped PDF engine and major improvements to the structured environment.

I’ve updated and published the FrameMaker 2019 version of my structured authoring workbook. You can view details on my Books page, or order the book here.

Here’s a more detailed list of improvements, courtesy of Adobe.

FrameMaker 2019 New features

Powerful 64-bit architecture

Significantly boost performance with an all-new 64-bit architecture. Effortlessly work on long, complex XML and non-XML documents with better memory management and a larger memory space. Publish up to 65% faster to PDF and Responsive HTML5.

Interactive real-time progress bar

Now know the status of tasks like book updates and PDF generation with information-rich, easy-to-understand progress indicators at every stage.

New image transparency support

Publish clean, stunning documents with support for image transparency to blend text with pictures, and pictures with pictures.L

Out-of-the-box SharePoint 2016 support

Instantly connect to Microsoft SharePoint Online or a SharePoint 2016 CMS.L

Quick access to Welcome Screen

Open the Welcome Screen in a new tab via the workspaces drop-down menu to easily access templates, plug-ins, customizations, and more.

New Duden dictionary support

Get out-of-the-box support for Duden, a trusted German dictionary, for more accurate spelling and hyphenation.

Interactive HTML5 dialogs for plug-ins

Make the customer experience richer by using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript to make interactive plug-in dialog boxes.

One-click image resizing

Fit an image to a frame or vice versa by simply right-clicking on the image or frame.

WebP image support

Take advantage of Google’s modern WebP image format. It allows you to use high-quality visuals that load faster thanks to a smaller file size (compared to JPEG or PNG).

More control over PDFs

Have more control over print settings like marks and bleeds and other PDF output settings across documents and projects.

Password-protected PDFs

Prevent unauthorized access by setting passwords for PDFs directly while publishing.

Effortless EDD creation

Generate an EDD using the easy-to-use rich HTML user interface, with the ability to specify DITA constraints. Customize the default RNGs for DITA 1.3.

DITA OT 3.0 support

Leverage out-of-the-box support for DITA OT 3.0 to seamlessly publish content in various formats, including PDF, HTML, Microsoft HTML Help (CHM), and Java Help. Use the free OASIS DITA-OT plug-in to carry out DITAVAL-based filtering while publishing.L

XSLT 3.0 support

Create a variety of transformation scenarios by applying predefined or customized XSLT to XML files, and execute them using a range of JAXP-compliant processors. Define the scope of the transformation—a file, all files in a folder, DITA map, or all children of a book. XSLT 3.0 support is provided via Saxon Enterprise Edition 9.8.3, which is bundled with Adobe FrameMaker (2019 release).

FrameMaker 2019 Enhanced features

Up to 65% faster file performance

Save time with performance enhancements that make opening and publishing files to PDF or Responsive HTML5 a whole lot faster.

Enhanced image handling

Effortlessly import and work with hundreds of images in the same document faster than ever before.L

High-quality images

Make JPEG and SVG images look great in all your documents with superior processing using Adobe’s latest image technologies.L

Support for colored icons

It’s your workspace, your way. Choose between a brighter and more colorful UI or a monochrome experience.L

Slick and powerful Welcome Screen

Save time by directly accessing templates and projects that have been marked as favorite from your Welcome Screen.

All-new platform

Enjoy a future-ready, cutting-edge experience that supports all the latest technologies. Updated Adobe and other libraries deliver an experience that’s on par with any other industry-leading product from Adobe.

New Windows based File Open dialog

Access files more easily with the modern, Windows based File Open dialog. Users have the option of switching back to the older dialog box at any time.

Faster and lighter setup

Save a significant amount of time and disk space with the new streamlined installer.L

WYSIWYG color output

Get predictable and consistent color output as you use images and other elements in your documents.

All-new PDF Engine

Publish PDFs up to 65% faster with the new PDF engine, invented by Adobe, the makers of PDF.

Customize DITA templates for PDF output

Easily apply DITA templates and access ditafm-output controls from the Publish pod. Store templates as a part of the sts (setting) file for easy import and export.L

Greater content accessibility

Meet accessibility standards, such as Section 508, to ensure that everyone can access content published as HTML5 and PDF.L

Faster XML file handling

Quickly open or package DITA maps/files with a new file opening and parsing engine.

Smoother DITA authoring experience

Now easily author in XML/DITA with a more intuitive workspace. Boost productivity with an enhanced structure view, see breadcrumbs in WYSIWYG view, and insert, paste or delete before or after content in structure view.L

Enhanced Packager

Work smarter and faster with the new parsing engine. Share projects easily with colleagues, subject matter experts, and translators. Create a self-contained package of your documents, books, or DITA maps—with all referenced files, images, and configurations included.

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