A new toy, and a content marketing opportunity

(Skip the Intro section to get to the outline of how I crafted a funnel for eBike referral income.) Intro/Background On Tuesday (May 19, 2020) I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning. That’s because the RadRover5 eBike I ordered on April 9 finally arrived! Given the COVID-19 lockdown, I suppose I should be…

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Resolving Adobe Installer Issues for Windows

Just a quick outline of the steps I take when Adobe installers won’t work. Got a favorite tip not covered here? Please add to the comments below and I’ll update the list. Run installer from a local drive This is first on the list because it may be the only thing that keeps you from…

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UI requests for FrameMaker

SPOILER ALERT: I’m planning on an update to my Working with Content Fm reference book soon, and would love to get these UI elements tightened up in time for that next version. -Matt While teaching a structured authoring class recently, I noted a few things that would improve the FrameMaker authoring experience. I’ve grouped into…

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Setting up HTML5 Navigation in FrameMaker output

Basic HTML5 output from FrameMaker is quite easy and looks surprisingly good. It’s when you want to move beyond the default choices and formatting that you will need to get creative. Such is the case when setting up the navigation panel, or the TOC, in a number of the HTML5 layouts. If your FrameMaker HTML5…

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Stepping up from Word to Adobe FrameMaker

Learn why FrameMaker is so much more efficient than MS Word for documentation and how you can transition your complex Word documents into Adobe FrameMaker 2019 without skipping a beat. This post, a recap of my free webinar for Adobe in January 2020, will show you: Advantages of using FrameMaker instead of Word Best practices…

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Clearing out Color8 from Fm docs and autonumbering in structured docs

FrameMaker docs sometimes contain odd color definitions, often the result of importing specific graphic types into the content. Today we discussed strategies for identifying, correcting, and removing these definitions from one or more docs. We also had a general discussion around setting up structured applications for mil-spec (government) structure models, and we discussed options for…

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DITA World recordings now available

DITA World was a big success, and (with over 5500 registrants) Stefan Gentz and I were certainly worn out after hosting the 3-day event on October 9-11, 2019! We had great sessions on DITA development, including Lightweight DITA and DITA 2.0. We also had lots of information on iiRDS (an Internet of Things standard) and…

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Session notes from Oct 3 online office hours

Thanks to everyone in my Oct 3, 2019 free office hours session. We had a great lineup of questions from the Tech Comm Tools community, and here’s a recap of what we covered along with a link to the recording: 00:30 Discussion of the (lack of) Object Properties link in the View menu. See my…

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Help me fix an incorrect menu label in Fm 2019

A student in my free Intro to FrameMaker 2019 course noticed that the View > Toolbars > Object Properties menu item brings up an interesting toolbar, rather than the Object Properties pod. Here’s a snap of the toolbar that displays using Fm 15.0.4.751: Even more interesting, the toolbar that comes up has a button (circled…

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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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