Easily create bi-directional XML content without knowing XML. Author with an intuitive UI, multiple views, MathML equation support and new DITA 1.3 support. Manage content using integration with leading CMSs and Dropbox.
Bi-directional language support
Enjoy support for RTL languages, Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi. Work with RTL and left-to-right (LTR) content in the same document or book. Control the direction of objects such as paras and tables using the new direction property. Benefit from language-specific features such as ligature and diacritic support.
Bi-directional content flipping
Easily work with documents translated into Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi. Reduce DTP work with the new direction property. Set up the document and flip it—all inherited objects will also change direction. Optionally, flip individual objects, such as paras, tables, images, lists and neutral characters such as parenthesis.
Bi-directional language publishing
Publish documents with bi-directional content, including XML/DITA content, as PDF files, from within FrameMaker XML Author (2015 release) at no extra cost, without any plug-ins.
DITA 1.3 support
Now get out-of-the-box support for DITA 1.3 topic types, including topic, task, concept, reference, glossentry, glossgroup, DITA and the new troubleshooting, learningObjectMap and learningGroupMap.
Enhanced Structure view
Work more easily with your XML structure. Enjoy a larger work area by collapsing elements and attributes for entire sub-trees. Get a visual indication of the element in focus and validity of a drop.
Simplified XML authoring
Now subject matter experts and casual authors can create valid XML without worrying about XML complexities. Work faster with a simplified user interface, a form-like easy-to-fill authoring experience and the ability to insert objects easily using Quick Element toolbar or by importing from other sources such as Word and HTML pages even for DITA 1.3 documents.
Improved support for inline MathML equations
Easily create inline MathML equations within FrameMaker (2017 release) thanks to native integration with MathFlow Structure and Style editors from Design Science. Equations inherit paragraph properties, such as fonts and background colour and are now exported as high-quality vector graphics in the published output.
Enhanced Quick Element toolbar
Insert content even more easily with the enhanced, always-enabled Quick Element toolbar. The toolbar automatically identifies the next valid location if the inserted object is invalid at the current location.
DITAVAL support in DITA-OT publishing
Leverage out-of-the-box support for DITA OT to seamlessly publish content in various formats, including PDF, HTML, Microsoft HTML Help (.CHM) and Java Help. Use the free OASIS DITA-OT plug-in to carry out DITAVAL-based filtering while publishing.
Comprehensive DITA 1.2 support
Create customised information models by automatically generating DITA 1.2 elements, such as titles, TOC, indexes, page rounding and numbering. Easily publish DITA maps. Work with graphic objects more easily with the support for scale and align attributes.
DITA maps preview, including nested maps
Now easily preview content in DITA maps, including nested DITA maps, by opening topics individually or all at once. Edit the topic by double-clicking the expanded topic content.
Multiviews: Native XML code, WYSIWYG and Author view
Author XML content in any of the three views provided. Work in the easy to use WYSIWYG view. Use Author View to focus on writing without bothering about formatting. Use run time validation, auto suggest and tree view to work with raw XML source in the XML code view.
Author structured content faster. Convert content to a structured format with Smart paste. Easily bring in a variety of content, including paragraphs, tables and lists, from a variety of sources, such as Microsoft Word and Excel and HTML web pages.
Note: This feature is included for DITA, but you can also build it for other XML schemas.
Improved white space handling as per XML standards
Easily work with XML files because white spaces inserted in the XML code view in FrameMaker XML Author or any other XML editor are handled as per XML standards. White spaces and spaces for pretty printing are ignored or preserved as appropriate or specified.
Comprehensive DTD support
Author and validate XML content using standard DTDs, such as DITA and DocBook, as well as customised DTDs. Easily import a DTD and create an EDD with a single click. Alternatively, point to the DTD in the XML source and validate that against the DTD.
XPath 2.0 support
Eliminate the need to browse through long XML code. Use the XPath pod to find elements and automatically apply functions to them. Customise your query builder, get suggestions, define the scope of queries, use the history drop-down menu and save search results for greater productivity.
XSLT 2.0 support
Create a variety of transformation scenarios by applying predefined or customised XSLT to XML files and execute them using a range of JAXP-compliant processors. Define the scope of the transformation—a file, all files in a folder, DITA map or all children of a book.
Integration with CMSs
Leverage built-in connectors to industry leading CMSs, Adobe Experience Manager, EMC Documentum and Microsoft SharePoint. Use the Repository view to check-out files, manage dependencies, manage versions and perform searches even with customised metadata. Get a set of APIs to connect your enterprise authoring environment with virtually any CMS.
Integration with DitaExchange CMS
Leverage the new built-in connector to the DitaExchange CMS to manage your DITA content easily. Use the Repository view to check-out files, manage dependencies, version management and perform search. Use the advanced metadata-based filter, which is dynamically fetched from the CMS, to quickly browse and find relevant topics, DITA maps or graphics in a large volume of content.
Improved usability in tables
Work more efficiently in tables. Navigate the table cells using the arrow keys. Add a row by pressing TAB in the bottom right cell. Drag and drop rows and columns.
Share projects easily with colleagues, subject matter experts and translators. Create a self-contained package of your documents, books or DITA maps. The packager includes all dependant files, such as referenced files and images and configuration files.
Enhanced pod support
Work more efficiently with pods. Coloured boundaries allow you to quickly identify pods. Eliminate searching for pods because they open in the same location that you closed them.
Work more efficiently with a number of UI enhancements. Resize commonly used pods, such as cross references, conditional text, insert tables and TOC. Easily drag and drop files to open, even while dragging onto pods.
Smart filters in pods
Eliminate endless scrolling through long lists in pods with smart filtering. Easily find the relevant item in the paragraph, character and table designers by typing in the text box. The list dynamically filters content to display relevant options.
Customisable UI for easier navigation and better viewing
Customise the user interface to match the way you work. Configure it with icons of your choice—large or regular sised, coloured or greyscale. Use floating toolbars and control bars, dock your most frequently used dialogue boxes for quick access and create workspaces customised to your workflow.
Automatic insertion of table continuation variables
Handle large, multipage tables more easily with table continuation and table sheet variables that you can insert when adding a table. You can also apply these variables to existing tables and to several tables at one time.
Improved FrameMaker XML Author and Adobe Experience Manager connector
Enjoy significant improvement in performance while carrying out frequently used operations, such as checkin and checkout, thanks to an enhanced connector between FrameMaker XML Author (2015 release) and Adobe Experience Manager CMS.
More out-of-the-box table styles
Enhance your tables and make them more readable with a wide range of out-of-the-box Table styles. Apply shading to table cells and fill them with solid colours.
Enhanced visual conditional indicators
Easily identify which conditions have been applied to various types of content, such as images, tables, graphics and anchored frames, with consistent formatting. Use conditional tag formatting rules to easily identify conditional content in your document.
Conditional table columns
Now make columns conditional and show or hide columns based on conditions, just as you do with rows.
On-the-go content review using mobile devices
Leverage the powerful PDF-based review workflow, even on mobile devices using the mobile Adobe Reader app. Allow your subject matter experts to review content any time, anywhere on smartphones and tablets.
Simultaneous PDF-based reviews and authoring
Work more productively by authoring and reviewing in parallel. Review comments are imported correctly in the modified document when the commented content is unchanged in the source document.
QR codes to connect the print and online worlds
Add QR codes to FrameMaker XML Author documents. Edit embedded QR codes and preview them in real time. Use them on popular iOS or Android QR reader apps. Generate QR codes in different sizes.
multimedia features. Enjoy robust support for video content in MP4, FLV and SWF formats. Customise FLV and SWF videos by selecting posters and creating links with text, to play, pause or jump.
Out-of-the-box Dropbox integration
Share content easily with subject matter experts and other reviewers and keep documents automatically updated with review comments. Choose whether to upload dependant files.
Single-click session restore for quick start
Get your previous session back with just one click. All files, pods, panels and view from your previous session are restored.
Currently Open Files pod for easier file management
Be more productive when working with multiple files. With the new "Currently Open Files" pod, you can easily see all open files across all views along with the complete file path. Easily identify and navigate between saved, unsaved and active files. Save or close multiple files at one go.