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You’ll learn how to use FrameMaker’s work area, plus how to modify
and create master pages, paragraph tags and character tags. You’ll
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and you'll also be able to import graphics from other applications.
You’ll master tables, variables, and cross-references, and you'll
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ExpertRating Online Adobe Course (FrameMaker 7.1) instructor :
Janet Underwood holds a bachelor's degree and has more than ten
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industries, as well as for the U.S. Army and public utilities
organizations. She has also worked as an English teacher and as an
editor and writer for several internationally known trade
publications. She has won numerous awards for the excellence of her
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course is well thought out and well paced. A wealth of helpful additional
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publish technical documents and give them a professional with the
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In the 1980s, a
mathematics student at the University of Cambridge
did something astounding. He created a software
program called FrameMaker that revolutionized
desktop publishing for large, complex documents that
became a favorite of technical writers all over the
world. In this fascinating lesson, you’ll learn how
FrameMaker gained popularity, was the foundation for
a highly successful company, and then almost died
due to marketing mistakes. Now considered the gold
standard of desktop publishing for technical
writers, FrameMaker carries a mystique all its own.
In this lesson, you’ll take a whirlwind tour of some
of FrameMaker’s features and gain hands-on
experience with it. By the end of this lesson,
you’ll understand why FrameMaker looks different
than many Windows-based applications, know how to
set up your FrameMaker workspace and open new
documents, and learn that behind the mystique and
complexity, FrameMaker is an application that you
really can master.
Friday - Lesson 02
Do the terms Master
Page and Text Flow make you want to quake? Well, be
brave! In this lesson, you’ll discover that FrameMaker’s master pages are easier to understand
and create than you may have thought. You’ll also
learn the standard work flow for creating
documentation, and how FrameMaker fits into it.
You’ll get hands-on experience modifying the text
frames so your documents look like you want them to
look. You’ll discover the different types of pages
that you use in FrameMaker, and what a text flow is.
By the end of this lesson, you’ll be adept at
creating custom master pages, adding page numbers to
your footers, creating a new header, and changing
the number of columns in your text frames.
Wednesday - Lesson 03
Have you ever had
this happen? You’re writing a large document. You
start out formatting your text as you write, and all
seems to be going well. But the document is quite
large, and you have a lot of distractions, so you
start forgetting how you formatted your text in the
beginning of the document, or your manager tells you
when you're nearly finished writing that she wants
all headings in the document to be in 16 pt. Tunga,
not the 18 pt. Arial you’ve already formatted. In
this lesson, you’ll learn how to avoid nightmares
like this by using FrameMaker’s paragraph tags, plus
while you’re creating some new paragraph tags,
you’ll get hands-on experience with a variety of
FrameMaker’s formatting options. By the time you
complete this lesson, you’ll understand how
paragraph and character tags work, and be able to
create new paragraph tags of your own. You’ll know
the shortcuts to find the paragraph tags that you
want, and have a clearer understanding of all of the
options you can choose when creating and using
paragraph and character tags.
Friday - Lesson 04
Tables are a valuable
resource for technical writers. They make your
documents more attractive and organized while
helping your readers find the information they need
more quickly. In this lesson students will create
a table that has added value—it will contain a
number of shortcut keys that can be used later in
the documentation! You'll get hands-on experience
creating tables, and you'll have fun sorting table
rows, adding and deleting rows. Later, you'll learn
about something called straddling, you'll find out
how to change the rules in your tables, and you'll
add a bit of color to them. As you explore FrameMaker’s Table Designer, you’ll learn how to
create table formats so that all of the tables in
your document have the same look and feel. In no
time at all, your tables will go from boring to
Wednesday - Lesson 05-
This lesson is a
favorite with many students. You’ll learn how
to use FrameMaker’s drawing tools and have fun
creating new shapes to use in your documentation.
You’ll discover a large variety of shapes that you
can create, and find out how to combine them however
you wish to make exciting new graphics. You’ll
create some basic shapes, and then try your hand at
a more difficult (but not as difficult as you might
think!) shape. Later, you’ll add the spice of color
to your shapes to make them stand out even more, and
you'll learn tips that will enable you to modify
your shapes in new ways. Warning! You’ll have so
much fun playing with FrameMaker’s drawing tools it
could be hazardous to your studies!
Friday - Lesson 06
There's nothing like
graphics to add interest to a document, and in this
lesson, you’ll learn how you can import line art,
screen shots, even photos into your documents to
make them come alive. In this information-packed
lesson, you’ll learn how to use anchored frames to
place your graphics with precision, and then you'll
use these frames to crop and mask your graphics.
You’ll learn about the many options FrameMaker has
to help you place your graphics more accurately, as
well as the different ways you can import graphics
into your document and manipulate them to create
exactly the look that you want. You’ll download a
graphic from the lesson and import it into the
reference pages of your own document, and then learn
how to add it to the list of items you can insert in
your document from the Paragraph Designer, giving
you bright new options to draw attention to
warnings, notes, and other elements of your
Wednesday - Lesson 07
Have you ever written
a large document, and then discovered just before
you publish it that you have to change a single word
throughout the entire text? Wouldn’t it be great if
you could put a piece of code in the header that
would automatically display some of the text on that
page, even if you change it in the future? Well,
FrameMaker’s variables can make all of this and more
a snap. Using code that either gets its information
from your computer or that you write yourself,
you’ll appreciate how variables make it easy to
maintain and update those picky details that make
your document stand out. In this lesson, you’ll
learn how to put the power of variables to work for
you, exploring the ins and outs of inserting,
modifying, and creating them on your own.
Friday - Lesson 08
We all know how
useful cross-references are, but boy, are they a
pain to maintain! Add or delete one picture, and the
cross-reference to the one after it can suddenly be
gone. Worry no more about your cross-references by
using FrameMaker’s powerful cross-referencing
features. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to let
FrameMaker stay on top of your cross-references—even
the ones in other documents! You’ll have an up-close
and personal experience with creating
cross-references as you learn by doing in this
lesson. You’ll find out how to modify
cross-references, create new ones, and create new
formats for your cross-references. And then, just
because things can sometimes go wrong, you’ll learn
how to troubleshoot your cross-references and how to
get them back on track quickly.
Wednesday - Lesson 09
This is the lesson
that you’ve been waiting for! This lesson will
talk about “books,” the FrameMaker feature that's
largely responsible for its unparalleled reputation
for handling large documents. Now entire teams can
work on different parts of a document without
getting in each other's way. You can write large
documents without so much fear of document
corruption. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to
create book files, and then to add documents to
them. You’ll get more hands-on experience creating a
book of your own, and then creating page numbers
that span several documents without missing a beat.
Then you'll spell-check all of the documents in your
book at one time, find and replace whatever you want
in your book at one time, and change the formatting
of the documents in your book with a single
step—even if your book contains hundreds of files.
Friday - Lesson 10
When you look at a
technical document for the first time, which page do
you look at first? If you’re like most people, you
look at the table of contents. You want to know
what's in the document and how it's organized. But
if you’ve ever had to create a table of contents
manually, you know that it’s not easy to create good
ones. FrameMaker can change all of that for you with
its power to automatically generate your table of
contents, based upon a few simple selections you
make. And when you have several files in a single
book, FrameMaker will compile a single table of
contents that encompasses all of them. In this
lesson, you’ll create a table of contents from the
book that you developed in the last lesson, and then
you’ll learn how to format it using your Paragraph
Designer and your reference pages. Although creating
tables of contents takes a bit of time in FrameMaker,
the upside is that once you have developed a
template, you can use it for all of your documents.
You'll learn how, plus a few other tips about
FrameMaker tables of contents in this lesson.
Wednesday - Lesson 11
Where do readers look
first when they need to find specific information in
your documents? Studies show that readers look first
at your document's index to find the answers they're
seeking, especially in a long document. In fact,
indexes are the most widely read section of any
technical document. Yet all too often, writers don't
index their documents, and for good reason. It’s a
daunting task! In addition to learning more about
what to index, you'll learn how to make your
job easier with FrameMaker. In this lesson, you’ll
learn about indexing conventions, and how to
generate an index from a document that you’ll
download. After you’ve generated your index, you’ll
learn how to format it to make it look exactly as
you wish. Indexing has never been easier!