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Adobe FrameMaker empowers technical communication professionals to do what they do best—create brilliant technical content experiences for their customers. Explore how FrameMaker caters to your organisation's needs—from content creation to delivery.

Powerful 64-bit architecture

Significantly boost performance with the 64-bit architecture. Effortlessly work on large, complex XML and non-XML content with better memory management and a larger memory space.

Up to 65% faster file performance

Save time with performance enhancements that make opening and publishing files to PDF or Responsive HTML5 a whole lot faster.

Higher stability due to updated libraries

Unlock new capabilities with updated Adobe and various open-source libraries, which offer more stability and patch vulnerabilities.

Scaling on high-resolution displays

Work in HD with support for up to 4K displays as the UI automatically scales to the system resolution.

Last line right indent (New)

Ensure visibility of numbers located on the extreme right of a list or table of contents by using last line right indent.

Total number of pages in a book (New)

Eliminate the manual process for setting up page numbers by inserting a book variable at a document level which will display the total pages of the entire book once updated.

Highlighting variables on a page (New)

Highlight all the variables in a document with a single click, allowing authors to easily distinguish variables from regular content. 

Ability to change Object Style tags (New)

Ensure document consistency by saving frequently used object properties as a style and easily replacing existing Object Style tags as needed.

Ability to change 'Marker of Text' (New)

Use the Find/Change dialogue box to quickly change the description of a marker, ‘Marker of Text.’

Reimagined welcome screen (New)

Work seamlessly with an all-new minimalist, yet flexible user interface. 

Search performance improvements in DITA map (Enhanced)

Search text in DITA map files 15X faster with the latest performance enhancements in FrameMaker.

Enhanced support for tables (Enhanced)

Work efficiently with tables in FrameMaker with easy ways to resize a selected cell, row, column or an entire table. Select unique colours for header and footer rows and easily convert a body row into header or footer row.

New Navigation View

Use the New Navigation View for classic (non-XML) documents to navigate through unstructured content with ease.

Improved WYSIWYG View (XML)

Work more efficiently with the updated WYSIWYG View that merges Simplified View capabilities. For DITA content, easily work through the topic by using shortcuts such as Tab, Shift+Tab, Ctrl+B, Ctrl+I, Ctrl+U and more.

Smoother DITA authoring experience

Work more intuitively with a powerful XML/DITA workspace. Take advantage of an enhanced structure View; breadcrumbs in WYSIWYG view; and the ability to insert, paste or delete before or after content in Structure View.

Superior CSS3 styling support

Quickly apply new or existing CSS3 formatting rules on your structured content by seamlessly importing it into an Element Definition Document (EDD) or template.

Bi-directional language support

Enjoy support for right-to-left (RTL) languages—Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi. Work with RTL and left-to-right (LTR) content in the same paragraph, document or book.

Smarter footnote handling

Make referencing easier by keeping footnotes on the same page as content and split it across columns, if needed.

Duden dictionary support

Get out-of-the-box support for Duden, a trusted German dictionary, for more accurate spelling and hyphenation.

Mini table of contents

Make long documents more readable and easier to navigate with mini TOCs, which update automatically.

Out-of-the-box LwDITA support

Use the LwDITA standard (Beta) for authoring and publishing content. Simply set the LwDITA authoring mode in the application mappings UI to start authoring Lw-Topic or Lw-Map. Configure templates for LwDITA separately when generating PDF output.

Language-specific smart quotes

Display accented or unaccented smart quotes that match the language you are authoring in by selecting from a predefined list in Preferences.

All-new structure View

Leverage the new, intuitive structure View while working on content in XML or source code view. Use the powerful search functionality to locate content, elements or attributes. Cut, copy, paste and more using the context menu.

Simultaneous document and Tree View for DITA maps

Now a DITA map opens simultaneously in the resource manager (Tree View) and as a document, making it easier to edit metadata and work with a DITA map.

Navigation for multiple DITA maps

Effortlessly navigate between multiple DITA maps through a simple drop-down menu showing all opened tabs. Simply select the DITA map you want to bring into focus.

Enhanced spell check and punctuation correction

Ensure correct spacing before and after words while running a spelling and punctuation check. Choose your preferred punctuation and special characters in the settings.

Sentence case formatting

Easily format text to sentence case across a document with a single click.

Instantaneous switching between views

Easily switch between WYSIWYG and XML View faster than ever before.

Acronym referencing with <abbreviated-form>

Quickly reference acronyms using the <abbreviated-form> element (DITA 1.3) and see it rendered correctly while publishing to PDF and HTML5.

XSLT 3.0 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. XSLT 3.0 support is provided via Saxon Enterprise Edition 9.8.3, which is bundled with FrameMaker.

Smoother import of Word files

Map styles or create new ones automatically while importing Word documents (including Word 2016 and RTF 1.9) into FrameMaker. Configure and reuse settings across multiple Word documents.

Split documents into chapters

Split imported Word or existing FrameMaker documents into smaller chapters using marker or paragraph styles. A powerful preview allows you to see the new book and chapter structure that will be generated.

Import Word content to DITA

Smoothly import a Word document and convert it into a DITA map.

Import Markdown to DITA

Easily import and convert Markdown files to a DITA-based document.

Embed YouTube videos

Seamlessly insert YouTube videos into unstructured, DITA and LwDITA documents. You can view them when content is published as PDF and HTML5.

Enhanced image handling

Effortlessly import and work with hundreds of images in the same document faster than ever before.

Insert rich media with DITA

Enrich your content by inserting audio and video files with support for DITA 1.3 <object> and LwDITA <audio> or <video> elements, which are then rendered while publishing to PDF and HTML.

Painless collaboration using Adobe Acrobat*

Seamlessly collaborate with subject matter experts using Adobe Acrobat desktop and online services*. Simply generate a Review PDF within FrameMaker and host it on Document Cloud. Once feedback has been collected, import it into the FrameMaker source document and view it in the Review pod.

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*Adobe Acrobat desktop and online services require an Adobe Technical Communication Suite subscription.

Out-of-the-box translation support

Reach global audiences by leveraging the all-new translation support to export XLIFF files for your content. Simply import the translated content back into FrameMaker.

Pre-segmented XLIFF for easier translation

Make the translation of content vendor and tool agnostic with the new Export-Import XLIFF engine in FrameMaker. Generate pre-segmented XLIFF 1.2 output that can be understood by any translation vendor with ease.

Support for UUID file referencing (New)

Enjoy enhanced support for authoring and publishing content for Adobe Experience Manager Guides as a cloud service, that uses UUID-based file referencing system. The flat hierarchy ensures references are maintained even when the files are relocated. 

Improved Adobe Experience Manager connector (New)

Managing FrameMaker documents via the Adobe Experience Manager connector is 10X faster with improved performance of check-in, check-out and cancel check-out operations.

Native integration with Adobe Experience Manager

Seamlessly connect FrameMaker with Adobe Experience Manager. Search the Experience Manager repository and set up file check-in and check-out preferences from within FrameMaker. Use advanced controls for multi file check-in, check-out and cancel check-out. Performance enhancements speed up file browsing.

Out-of-the-box support for SharePoint

Instantly connect to Microsoft SharePoint Online or a SharePoint 2016 CMS to perform search, read, write, delete, update, check-in, and check-out operations on a configured repository.

Leverage customisations using Adobe Partner plug-ins

Tap into the robust Adobe Technical Communication partner network to get customised plug-ins or solutions. Now easily accessible via the Help menu.

Integration with OpenText ECM Documentum

Enhanced configuration options allow specifying the path to where files are to be downloaded and more.

Superior image quality (Enhanced)

Ensure highest quality of images in HTML5 output as well as in non-web formats like .bmp and .tiff.

Improved graphic objects in PDF

Publish PDFs natively that include high-quality graphic objects like dashed lines, arcs, shapes, curves etc.

Faster DITA to PDF publishing

Save time with performance enhancements that make PDF publishing 5X faster.

Enhanced PDF engine

Publish your technical content to best-in-class PDFs using a modern PDF engine from Adobe.

Generate PDF/An and PDF/X compliant PDFs

Generate out-of-the-box PDF/A1, PDF/A2, PDF/A3, PDF/X1, PDF/X2, PDF/X3 and PDF/X4 fully compliant PDFs. The selected preset while publishing will automatically manage the final PDF output settings, including image compression and other options.

Embed reference PDFs within a PDF

Enhance the end-user experience with the ability to embed reference PDF documents in the published PDF output with a single click in FrameMaker.

Greater content accessibility for PDFs

Publish well-tagged Section 508 compliant PDFs that conform to PDF 2.0 standards for unmatched content accessibility. The same PDF will correctly render in the mobile version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

WYSIWYG PDF for DITA content

Leverage enhancements in the powerful DITA engine as well as DITA template customisations to publish a WYSIWYG PDF for your DITA content (DITA map/bookmap). Make changes and apply DITA templates while importing or exporting a PDF by storing them as a part of the settings file itself.

Out-of-the-box multichannel, multidevice publishing

Publish as Responsive HTML5, EPUB, Kindle, PDF and CHM. Create content-centric mobile apps with a single click.

All-new HTML engine

Leverage the new cutting-edge HTML engine, rewritten from the ground up, to generate Responsive HTML5 output smoothly and swiftly. Capture more styling information with CSS3 enhancements like auto-numbering, pseudo-class generation and more. 

Next-generation Responsive HTML5 layouts

Deliver personalised content experiences with Responsive HTML5 layouts that have best-in-class search and navigation. Show or hide widgets, such as glossary and TOC.

Customise DITA templates for PDF output

Easily apply DITA templates and access ditafm-output controls from the Publish pod. Store templates as a part of the settings file for easy import and export.

Consistent colour output

Get predictable and consistent colour output as you use images and other elements in your documents.

Out-of-the-box DITA-OT support

Leverage out-of-the-box support for DITA-OT 3.x 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.

Intelligent single-sourcing of content

Efficiently reuse existing content from within a document or across multiple documents. FrameMaker provides several different single-sourcing techniques such as conditional text, text insets, content references and variables.

Enhanced key and keyspace handling

Reuse content is now easier with support for conrefed content (text/images). Other enhancements include the ability to choose the default keyspace for loading keys (for opened DITA map), setting a specific map for all keys loading while opening DITA documents and more.

Automate publishing workflows

Work smarter by scheduling publishing tasks to run automatically using the powerful capabilities of Adobe FrameMaker Publishing Server.

Automate repetitive tasks

Create powerful scripts with Adobe ExtendScript, develop native plug-ins or integrate with third-party services using the comprehensive FrameMaker API and Developer kit.

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