FrameMaker 12 Feature Focus 1): Dramatic UI improvements
We are posting a series of webinars that focus on specific new or powerful features found in new FrameMaker 12. Our first webinar put the spotlight on an intelligently retooled user interface. The basic model for the current FrameMaker user interface was introduced with version 9. Although the new UI was powerful, it was not immediately popular. Over the past 2 releases, Adobe developers have carefully listened to old and new users, and gained great insights from their feedback. As a result, new FrameMaker 12 has a more attractive and more functional user interface.
Change the overall look and feel of the UI
New FrameMaker 12 allows you to make changes in the following areas:
- light background
- dark background
- grey icons
- colored icons
- small icons
- large icons
When you make any of these specifications, after start FrameMaker, you will have a new UI experience.
You may wish to view the following Feature Focus video which highlights these special capabilities:
Doing more with fewer steps
FrameMaker 12 has added ways to open and close files or menus much more easily:
- You may now close an entire group of menus that are docked in one panel, vs. closing each one individually
- You may open files via drag n’ drop, just by dragging a file over the top menu bar. This eliminates the need to choose “cascading” windows to expose some FrameMaker desktop for drag n’ drop.
- A new “open files” pod allow you to select multiple files and close them with or without save
- When exiting FrameMaker, if you put a checkbox in front of certain open files and save them, you have the ability to “restore session” the next time that you launch FrameMaker. This will open up the previous files, on the last page viewed and in the zoom factor last used.
You may wish to view the brief “feature/focus” video below which focuses on these powerful gestures:
Filter out choices you don’t wish to see
- A new “find/filter” window appears in the “smart” catalog window for paragraph, character tags, tables or XML elements. By entering a few consecutive characters found in the catalog entries name, you can filter out the choices you don’t wish to see. For instance, you can type “note” in the smart paragraph catalog and see all paragraph tags that have “note” as part of the name.
- You can also use the find/filter window in pods. When viewing conditions, markers or variables, you can type a few consecutive characters, like “U3D” in the marker pod, and only see entries that have those 3 characters in the name.
You may wish to view the short “feature focus” video we have created on this topic as well:
See for yourself! Watched the recorded Webinar
You may view the entire recorded webinar by clicking on the following link: http://adobe.ly/1fcktXp