14 Facts About Adobe FrameMaker


Adobe FrameMaker is a document processor designed for writing and editing large or complex documents, including structured documents.

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Adobe FrameMaker added SGML support, which eventually morphed into today's XML support.

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Adobe FrameMaker has two ways of approaching documents: structured and unstructured.

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Adobe FrameMaker got the idea from his college roommate at Columbia, Ben Meiry, who went to work at Sun Microsystems as a technical consultant and writer, and saw that there was a market for a powerful and flexible desktop publishing product for the professional market.

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Only substantial DTP product at the time of Adobe FrameMaker's conception was Interleaf, which ran on Sun workstations in 1981.

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Originally written for SunOS on Sun machines, Adobe FrameMaker was a popular technical writing tool, and the company was profitable early on.

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At the height of its success, Adobe FrameMaker ran on more than thirteen UNIX platforms, including NeXT Computer's NeXTSTEP, Dell's System V Release 4 UNIX and IBM's AIX operating systems.

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The NeWS version of Adobe FrameMaker was successfully released to those customers adopting the OPEN LOOK standards.

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At this point, Adobe FrameMaker was considered an extraordinary product for its day, not only enabling authors to produce highly structured documents with relative ease, but giving users a great deal of typographical control in a reasonably intuitive and totally WYSIWYG way.

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Up to this point, Adobe FrameMaker had been targeting a professional market for highly technical publications, such as the maintenance manuals for the Boeing 777 project, and licensed each copy for $2, 500.

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Adobe FrameMaker Systems acquired the product and returned the focus to the professional market.

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Today, Adobe FrameMaker is still a widely used publication tool for technical writers, although no version has been released for the Mac OS X operating system, limiting use of the product.

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Adobe FrameMaker 8 introduced Unicode, Flash, 3D, and built-in DITA support.

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Adobe FrameMaker 9 introduced a redesigned user interface and several enhancements, including: full support for DITA, support for more media types, better PDF output, and enhanced WebDAV-based CMS integration.

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