FrameMaker 9 to 2015 Version Comparison Charts

One of the reasons why technical documentation departments around the world built their business on Adobe FrameMaker is that it is a secure and sustainable investment. FrameMaker is known to be a rock-solid product and has a track-record of being just the best authoring tool for small-, mid- and large-scale technical documentations. And since the release of version 8 (the big switch to Unicode) in 2007, we have released five new major versions and many updates in between. And with the speed and agile development of FrameMaker for many versions now, it’s easy to miss all the new features, changes and enhancements that newer versions bring.

Did you know for example, that we introduced out-of-the-box support for S1000D already way back in FrameMaker 10? And added a complete ExtendScript solution for full automation of FrameMaker?

And did you know that we introduced a native a native XML source code editor way back in FrameMaker 11? With full support for XPATH 2.0, XSLT 2.0, syntax highlighting, pretty printing, context-sensitive code completion and automatic XML Background Validation? And dropbox integration?

And did you know that we added support for MathML in FrameMaker 12 and introduced complete support for multichannel publishing to responsive HTML5, ePUB, WebHelp, amazon Kindle and Microsoft HTML Help (CHM) right out of the box? And that we added the possibility to leverage the potential of PDF-based review cycles (with import of PDF review comments back into FrameMaker as track changes – you can even continue to work on your FrameMaker document while the PDF is reviewed!)? And the more advanced tech writers loved our new RegEx support for Find & Replace.

Or that FrameMaker (2015 Release) already supported DITA 1.3 months before it was officially confirmed as a standard by the OASIS committee? Or that we introduced a complete new engine in FrameMaker (2015 Release) that fully supports Right-to-Left and bi-directional editing and publishing for Arabic, Farsi and Hebrew? And even Thai? And that we have constantly improved the user interface of FrameMaker with each version in every corner of the product? Many dialogs and “Pods” like Variables, Cross-References, Paragraph, Character and Table Styles are re-sizable now, dockable and powered up with many small new feature enhancements? And that FrameMaker comes with an out-of-the box CMS Connection Manager that ships with pre-configured connectors to Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), EMC Documentum, Microsoft SharePoint and DitaExchange?

As I said, it’s easy to miss all the new features.

To make it more easy for you, to check what new features and enhancements have been made since version 8/9, we have created this overview for you. Some of the entries in the left column are actually hyperlinks, that open a new web page with a small video explaining this new feature or enhancement.

Enjoy the overview and let us know in the comments below what you think. And if you’re not on FrameMaker 2015 yet, make sure to give it a try.

Table of Contents


New in this version

Enhanced in this version

XML Authoring

DITA 1.3 support
Simplified XML authoring environment
Simplified XML design
DITAVAL filtering using DITA OT
Structure view
Out-of-the-box support for MathML equations
Expandable DITA map topics for quick viewing of content
Quick Element Toolbar for easy insertion of content
DITA 1.2 support
Out-of-the-box S1000D support
Faster and seamless EDD customization
White space handling as per XML standards
Smart catalogs
Out-of-the-box support for publishing content with DITA OT
Uncluttered XML without processing instructions
XML code view
XML author view
XSL support (Saxon and Xalan)
XPath support
DITA key-based referencing
DITA APIs for common DITA constructs
DITA specialization support
Smart paste
Wizard to create structured applications
Content filtering using attributes
Comparing structured documents
Attribute editor
XML tags: view tags
Expandable and collapsible tags
XML tags view: drag-and-drop elements and text
EDD enhancements: import of CSS
EDD enhancements: auto insertions
Automated tracking of errors in XML code (auto validation)
Intelliprompt of attributes, elements and attribute names
Scope settings for XSL transformations
Quick code search via XPath
EDD enhancements: descriptive tags

General Authoring

Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi Support (Right-To-Left support, bidirectional)
Bidirectional content flipping
Support for Thai (FrameMaker 2015, Update 1)
Conditional text at book level
Conditional text pod
Conditional tag expressions with nested parentheses support
Line numbers
Adding and deleting workspace menus
Hunspell dictionary
Configurable dictionary support
Unicode support
Background color box for paragraphs


Publishing Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi content
Custom font in EPUB files
Generate mobile apps
Customize WebHelp skins
Personalized dynamic content
New HTML5 layout
WebHelp skin gallery
Import/Export layouts/CSS/HTML page template
Out-of-the-box multichannel, multidevice publishing
Native responsive HTML5 output support
Native EPUB3 support
Native WebHelp support
Import RoboHelp style mapping
HTML page template support
Publish reference page images
SVG Support in HTML5 output
Native CHM support
Native MOBI support
Native KF8 support (Amazon Kindle)
Native PDF support
Native Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS) support
DITA publishing: composite docs
DITA publishing: flat books

Multimedia and Rich Media Support

QR code generation
MP4 video support
Links to play, pause, and jump videos
Hotspots on graphics
Interactive 3D graphics
Poster frames for FLV and SWF videos
Object styles
FLV and SWF support
Embed 3D graphics
Support for audio and video formats (WMV, MPG, AVI, and others)
Poster for rich media


Auto-insert table continuation variables
Conditional table columns
Usablity of tables
More out-of-the-box table styles
Visual conditional indicators
Ability to resize pods
Customizable user interface for easier navigation and better viewing
Smart filters in pods
Table cell shading with solid fill
Single click session restore for quick start
Currently Open Files pod for easier file management
Regular expression support
Auto spell check
Repeat last operation
Table catalog
Find and Remove overrides
Manage used and unused styles: paragraph, character, table
Suppressed alerts
Enhanced background color support

Review and Collaboration

Out of the box integration with DitaExchange CMS
Word import
Out-of-the-box integration with Adobe Experience Manager
Out-of-the-box Microsoft SharePoint integration
Content review on-the-go using mobile devices
Simultaneous PDF-based reviews and authoring
Out-of-the-box EMC Documentum integration
Out-of-the-box Dropbox integration
Track changes: track user name and time of change
Track changes: track text edit operations at book level
Track changes: configurable colors for added and deleted text
End-user collaboration: community-generated content, comments, feedback
WEBDAV support: Basic
WEBDAV support: in File dialogs
WEBDAV support: for XML files

Developer Support

DITA: FDK client in core product
ExtendScript for automation
API for CMS integration

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