Workspaces in FrameMaker 9

Workspace Switcher

FrameMaker ships with a set of standard Workspaces tailored for different tasks. You can modify them as you wish. If however, one needs to switch to the original setting, one can do so by using the “Reset Workspace” Option in the Workspace switcher. “Reset Workspace” option also works for the user-saved Workspaces where Reset Workspace option restores the last explicitly saved Workspace. You can manage the Workspaces using “Manage Workspace” option, where user-created Workspaces can be renamed or deleted.

Workspaces are auto-saved by design. Let’s say you closed a panel, you don’t need to save the Workspace explicitly, it is saved automatically. If you need to design a ‘new’ Workspace for a specific task, you can open all the required panels and save the Workspace using the “Save Workspace” option in the Workspace Switcher located in the ‘Appbar’.

While using Workspaces it might help to have the option Hide Panels On Close ‘unchecked’ (File > Preferences > Interface). Otherwise it might happen that many panels remain open in the hidden state. The Workspace loads when first document is opened and unloads with the closing of last document. As a Workspace could contain a lot of panels, loading a Workspace with lot of panels could sometimes take more than a second. You might experience some performance slowdown from the previous FM versions when loading the first file. Same would happen if an operation on book is underway, with no file open and FrameMaker opens one file at a time and closes it. To avoid these situations, you could leave one file open to save loading/unloading time of your Workspaces.

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Enjoy the power of the new UI and let us know what can we do to make it better!

Amit Agarwal, FrameMaker Engineering