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FrameMaker 7: The Complete Reference (Osborne Complete Reference Series) [Paperback]

Sarah O'Keefe , Sheila Loring
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1 Jun 2002 0072223618 978-0072223613
Covering both FrameMaker and FrameMaker+SGML, this comprehensive resource explains the full range of features, and offers little-known tips and tricks for maximizing this powerful desktop publishing application.

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  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US (1 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072223618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072223613
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.9 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Authoritative Resource on FrameMaker 7

Master the myriad features and complex interface of FrameMaker 7, and implement complex multichannel publishing solutions. Publishing experts Sarah O'Keefe and Sheila Loring present over 900 pages of information to help you use the automated formatting features of this powerful application. FrameMaker 7: The Complete Reference helps you understand and master its many features to increase your productivity and improve your published documents. Learn to create and manipulate text, control page layout, and construct books plus advanced techniques including hypertext, modular text, and working with XML, SGML, DTDs, and element definition documents.

-Build a FrameMaker-based workflow that suits your needs for production, content creation, and template design
-Fully understand the interface, including the document window, structure view, status bar, and toolbars
-Prepare information in other applications for quick and easy import into FrameMaker
-Use the thesaurus, footnotes, markers, spell-check, and other standard options included in FrameMaker's full-featured word processing environment
-Make your documents easy to maintain with conditional text, variables, text insets, and cross-references
-Import graphic files from one of many supported formats, such as EPS, TIFF, Adobe Illustrator, SVG, GIF, JPEG, and PNG
-Manage all aspects of book construction, from automatic page numbering to tables of contents, indexing, and other generated files
-Work with structured documents and XML/SGML

About the Author

Sarah O'Keefe (Morrisville, NC) is the president and founder of Scriptorium Publishing Services, Inc., a technical publishing company that creates material solely in FrameMaker. Sarah is a FrameMaker ACE (Adobe Certified Expert) and all-around tool expert. She teaches Scriptorium Publishing's "Accelerated Introduction to FrameMaker" course and is certified by Quadralay Corporation to teach WebWorks Publisher and Advanced WebWorks Publisher courses.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent FrameMaker reference book 12 Aug 2002
FrameMaker has always been shipped with a good manual. The version 5 manual from Frame Technologies was major good - the following versions with manuals done by Adobe were prettier, but it still left something missing. With Sarah O'Keefes Complete Reference we're closing in. I think it is a brilliant reference because it describes in clear terms and with the proper amount of illustrations how to work with FrameMaker. Especially good are the explanations of the workings of building blocks, the Mysteries of the Reference Pages and the explanations of the trouble arising out of differences between platforms. Absolutely worth the money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Ever Wanted to Know! 13 Mar 2003
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I bought this book when FrameMaker 7 first came out, and it has been an invaluable reference ever since. Absolutely every question I've ever had about FrameMaker is answered in this book.
It's also very well organized and easy to find information. I often refer to it when I've forgotten some tidbit that I don't use regularly (like special index entry formats), and I can always go right to the information.
I highly recommend it as a general reference to FrameMaker if you are already using FrameMaker and familiar with it. If you are new to FrameMaker and want to just get started with it, check out the Adobe classrooms in a book series--they are great introductions.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best reference for structured FrameMaker information 13 Nov 2002
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If you need information about the new structured interface of FrameMaker 7 (which was known as FrameBuilder and FrameMaker + SGML in previous versions), this book is for you. I haven't seen another book that explains using structure as clearly as the Complete Ref. does. With Adobe combining the Frame + SGML (structured) and the Frame (unstructured) interfaces into version 7, people's interest in structure has increased, and this book can be a big help for people making the transition from the unstructured to the structured side. A previous reviewer says the Adobe documentation explains Frame better; I have to disagree. Adobe's Classroom in Book, for example, devotes very few pages to creating structured environments.
Even if you don't plan to switch to structure, this book has great tips for building really great features into templates. I've been using Frame since 1994, and I learned a few things.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good reference for both new and experienced users. 16 Sep 2002
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I bought this book with some amount of trepidation. I needn't have worried -- FrameMaker 7, The Complete Reference is one of the best instances of the Complete Reference series.
Too often the Complete Reference series of books consist merely of an item-by-item listing of menu options with no additional insight or explanation offered. Think of trying to learn the English language by reading a dictionary and you'll get the idea.
Happily, the FrameMaker 7 Complete reference is a different story. It provides a comprehensive list of the Windows, Apple, and UNIX variations of FrameMaker's menus and commands, but also adds a lot of value in terms of explanations and examples.
In addition to information helpful to a new user of FrameMaker, there are some truly esoteric features and tips that even I -- a daily user of FrameMaker for nearly five years -- found informative and helpful. The book also contains the best single source of information about FrameMaker 7's new Structured Document commands that I've found so far.
If you're a serious user of FrameMaker, and are looking for a third-party book to augment Adobe's documentation, this is a book you'll use and enjoy. Seriously.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Information, but Some Deficiencies 26 Feb 2004
By Steven M. Whitlatch - Published on
FrameMaker 7: The Complete Reference is, as described in virtually all of its reviews here at, a good reference book and a good choice for learning FrameMaker. Its information is good; however, the book's paper, print quality, and binding are all very poor. The spine on my copy broke after just a few days of handling. My copy is destined to shortly fall into several pieces. If you compare this book's physical quality to the quality of Adobe's FrameMaker 7.0 Classroom in Book, you will see a world of difference. Again, the information the book contains is good. The book is mostly complete, excepting its structured application development deficiencies. With respect to structured application development, I must say it is almost, but not quite completely, deficient.
Steve Whitlatch
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my Sanity 13 Feb 2004
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I used it a lot when I was new to Frame, and it saved me untold grief and anguish! Now that I'm a bit more sophisticated, I've moved on to the Advanced Features. Again, this book is invaluable. I hope the author comes out with another book totally devoted to structured Framemaker and XML. That's still a bit of a mystery to me!
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