Understanding FrameMaker’s maker.ini file

Note: This post was updated on October 16, 2016 by Stefan Gentz.

The maker.ini file is a simple text file with configuration settings which FrameMaker checks at every launch. There are at least two maker.ini files: in the installed location as well as in the User Account Preferences. You can edit either based upon your requirements.

At Installed Location

C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\AdobeFrameMaker10\maker.ini

At User Account

Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Application Data\Adobe\FrameMaker\version

Windows Vista, Windows 7:
C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\FrameMaker\version

Before you start

Being a text file in true nature, you can open and edit it on any text editor.

Before you change anything in the file:

One first glance you would notice that the maker.ini itself has several sections, each governing a specific feature in FrameMaker. You can notice entries that are commented starting with semi-colon (;). Most of the entries can be customized and modified by toggling their values between on/off. Let’s understand and try to edit them to see the impact.

Sample Customizations

1) FrameMaker

ProductInterface=Structured FrameMaker
It is always stored in user account mode location of maker.ini. It controls UI for FrameMaker as structured or unstructured.

Used for UI and dictionary language and is based on Installation Language for the product.

2) Preferences

Prompts a dialog on Closing FrameMaker.

Creates project backup and updates it on every save.

AutoSave=Off 5
Automatically saves the opened book/document, periodically at the specified time interval.

3) Alert Prompts

Documents contains missing graphics.

Prompts for Unresolved Cross References because of marker for source is deleted/modified/moved/being used by someone.

For FrameMaker source file created in previous version of product.

Prompts for unavailable fonts on machine w.r.t. fonts used in the FrameMaker source file.

4) Auto Spell Check

By default checks for spelling for inserted text and prompts for corrections.

Size of word list for possible corrections in Spell Check.

5) Thermometers

Default thermometer color

Default thermometer color

ThermoDoneColor=255, 0, 255
ThermoRemainingColor=192, 192, 192

The above values modify the color for FrameMaker printing progress dialog box, which shows pink (by default). You can change the color for completed and remaining slides.

I have customized the value to change the color from Pink to Purple:

Changed thermometer color

Changed thermometer color


Submitted by: Anjaneai Srivastava, Tech Support Consultant