FrameMaker 12 is here!


Hello Framers,

Wish you all a happy new year 2014! Hope you had a relaxing holiday break and are feeling fully recharged to get back into action in the new year!

Today, I have some exciting news for you! It is my pleasure to announce the availability of the new versions of Adobe’s Technical Communication products. On the FrameMaker side, we launched** FrameMaker 12, FrameMaker Publishing Server 12** and a brand new, exciting product in FrameMaker XML Author 12! Yes, you read it right! There is going to be a new product focused exclusively on XML authoring. Read on for more details.


Caption: Adobe offices today, on the day of the release

But firstly, let me give you some background to the release. This release comes at a time when the Technical Communication profession is undergoing many changes. In my keynote talk at the recently concluded Lavacon 2013 conference (slides and video of my presentation), I talked about some of the shifts, which are changing the way Technical Communicators go about doing their job. On the one hand, Technical Communicators are looking for more efficiency in their content creation processes, by changing the way content is produced and asking themselves what content they should focus on. On the other hand, today’s era of multiple devices is changing the way content is distributed by content professionals and consumed by end consumers. Lastly, content professionals are finding new ways of engaging the end users and leveraging end user content. So, things are indeed looking very different from how they were some years ago.

As you will see below, this release is focused on empowering users of our products to meet these challenges head on and really “do more with less”. So, what capabilities have we added in this release? Well, there’s a lot going on! On the publishing front, FM has been transformed into a Multi device publishing solution, with the ability to publish to multiple output formats natively. Further, multi device publishing now can be offered as a web service with the new FM Publishing Server 12. On the XML/DITA front, there is a new product in FM XML Author and MathML is now supported. FM UI has been enhanced to offer a choice of colored and large icons; and there is enhanced PDF review and single sourcing capabilities. Moreover, now you can generate QR codes; search based on regular expressions; work faster with the new Smart catalogs and much more.

Interested?? Let’s find out more what this release has in store for all of us.

Note: Click on the links for individual features below to watch a video or learn more about the particular feature

Authoring: Faster and richer authoring

Collaboration: New methods of collaboration with SMEs and peers

Publishing: Multi device publishing, now requires only FrameMaker

XML Authoring: A new, simplified product targeted for XML authoring, at a much more affordable price

XML/DITA Authoring: A more powerful and more usable experience

Lastly, FM12 now ships with 4 new, contemporary samples; 3 of which are unstructured and 1 DITA sample. You can access these samples through the “File > New > Explore Standard Templates” option and/or go to the home folder of FM12 on your machine.

Licensing options

Furthermore, we are providing **both perpetual and subscription licensing **options on all our products. We do realize that the licensing needs of our customers vary and hence, we are offering both the options for you. There is also special upgrade pricing available as well as limited time promotional price for some customers. Please refer to the product homepages for exact pricing information (links below).

Product Reviews and quotes

We are already starting to get some accolades 🙂 Here is what people have said about the new FM 12 release

Interested? Here is how you can learn more

I will be hosting a webinar on Jan 28, 2014 from 8 -10 AM US PST, where I will walk you through the new capabilities in FM line of products. You can register for this free webinar here Also, in the coming weeks and months, we will be posting more details on these new capabilities through a series of blog posts. So, watch this space for more…

Additional resources

There are plenty of additional resources where you can find more information about the new release.

Hope you are as excited about the new release as we all are. Look forward to hearing your reactions and feedback (feel free to provide your comments below). As always, we are listening 🙂

Until the next post then..

Best Regards,

Kapil Verma Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Technical Communication Products