Understanding FrameMaker’s maker.ini file
Note: This post was updated on October 16, 2016 by Stefan Gentz.
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
C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Application Data\Adobe\FrameMaker\version
Windows Vista, Windows 7:
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:
- Keep a back-up of the
maker.inifile, in case, you want to revert back to original state.
- Ensure you have administrator privileges to modify the file.
- Ensure FrameMaker is not running while editing the
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.
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.
Prompts a dialog on Closing FrameMaker.
Creates project backup and updates it on every save.
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.
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
- FrameMaker reads the maker file from installed directory.
- If you want to make changes globally for all users using FrameMaker on a particular machine, modify the installed directory
maker.ini, but if you want to restrict changes to a specific user only, then you should make those changes in
maker.inifile only for that user account.
- Working with customized FDK plug-ins and interface also requires an entry to be substituted for the custom panel/window inside the
Submitted by: Anjaneai Srivastava, Tech Support Consultant