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Be more productive with a reimagined authoring experience

Support for high resolution displays 

 Now work with the full clarity of high definition displays (up to 4K - 3840 x 2160), as FrameMaker automatically scales to fit the system resolution. Enjoy the new interface with crisp icons and a richer contrast ratio. 
Bigger and better welcome screen 
Get to work faster with a new-age, more user-friendly welcome screen that allows you to quickly create new documents or open recent files. Also, access structured and unstructured items from one page. Connect to a repository or file system effortlessly.
Search for menu commands 
Find menu commands faster by using the new menu search feature. Rather than looking for a command among the menu options, you can just type the name and hit enter. 
New Project Manager  
Manage your work better with the new Project Manager that lets you drag and drop assets to a document and organise files with ease.
Smoother import of Microsoft Word files 
Map styles while importing Word documents into FrameMaker or create new ones automatically from the imported styles. Bring in Word formatting and inline Word styles. Configure settings just once and re-use them across your Word documents. 
Reorganised menu  
Work more intuitively with reorganised menu options that are now more logically distributed. Easily insert images, files, variables, elements and more via the new ‘Insert’ menu. Find menu commands faster by using the new menu search feature.
Enhanced designer pods 
Create and update styles with the click of a button in the enhanced designer pods. Modify styles easily using the new labelled buttons for paragraphs and tables. Configurable options have been reorganised and relabeled.
Slick new “insert image” experience
Add images to your document faster with the new insert menu command. Retain DPI and other properties at the time of insertion, with the ability to edit them later. Set DPI inline and apply changes with a single click via the improved object properties dialogue.
Seamless integration between FrameMaker and Adobe Experience Manager 
Enjoy tighter integration of FrameMaker (2017 release) with Experience Manager. Use the repository search feature within FrameMaker to search in the Experience Manager repository. Sync, view and reply to review comments in real-time using the new Review Comments pod in FrameMaker. Use the updated preferences dialogue box to set up file check-in and check-out preferences for Experience Manager.
Reimagined workspace 
Gain all the space you need to focus on your content with only relevant pods being displayed by default. Now access most pods as bubbles, some of which have been shifted from the bottom to the right, with information neatly displayed in fewer columns.
Keyboard shortcuts added to menu 
Get familiar with keyboard shortcuts, now displayed alongside all menu options, allowing you to quickly execute actions in a keystroke.
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. Reduce DTP work with the new direction property. Set up the document and flip it—all inherited objects will also change direction.
Integration with CMSs  
Leverage built-in connectors to industry leading CMSs like Adobe Experience Manager, EMC Documentum, Microsoft SharePoint and DitaExchange. 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. 
Enhanced font selection 
Find fonts easily and apply them to your documents with improved font management. 
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. 
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. 
Optimised file saving 
Work fast and save files easily on exit as it is easier to handle single or multiple files.
Streamlined launch options  
Identify structured and unstructured mode easily with the simpler, streamlined launch options.
Optimised find and replace dialogue  
Find and replace content effortlessly with alphabetically sorted lists in the Find/Change pod.
Usability enhancements in catalogues  
Manage character, paragraph and element catalogue pods more easily with usability improvements. Enjoy a cleaner interface with easily identifiable icons which replace long buttons and a simplified deletion experience. 
Mini Table of Contents  
Make long documents more readable and easier to navigate with mini TOCs, which now update automatically. Just select the styles to generate the mini TOC, insert and format it. The table will auto-generate. Mini TOCs will appear in all supported output formats.
Revised auto spell check  
Work without pausing with the improved Auto Spell Check, that now waits for you to complete your words before checking for errors.
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. 
Conditional text at book level   
Eliminate the tedium of applying conditions or expressions to individual chapters in books by applying them to the entire book directly while updating the book in the same operation. 
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. 
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. 
QR codes to connect the print and online worlds   
Add QR codes to FrameMaker 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. 


Publish content for any device

Next-generation Responsive HTML5 layouts
Deliver personalised content experiences with new frameless Responsive HTML5 layouts that have best-in-class search and navigation. Enjoy a richer viewing experience as layout icons have been optimised for HD displays. Show or hide widgets, such as glossary and TOC.
Search faster with autocomplete
Deliver a best-in-class search experience to end-users with first-of-its-kind search autocomplete and more contextual search results. Provide users with automatic suggestions as they type, displaying the frequency of occurrence for each alongside.
Customisable Basic HTML5 output 
Generate lightweight, easily sharable Basic HTML5 code with no layouts and JavaScript, which can then be customised via CSS for a unique look and feel.
Effortlessly publish to Adobe Experience Manager
Easily publish DITA content to Adobe Experience Manager Sites from FrameMaker by using XML Documentation Add-on for Adobe Experience Manager.
Out-of-the-box multi-channel, multi-device publishing 
Deliver content to any device from within FrameMaker. Publish as Responsive HTML5, EPUB, Kindle, PDF, CHM and Adobe Experience Manager Mobile. Create content-centric mobile apps with a single click. Define settings once and share them organisation-wide.
Leaner HTML5 output 
Ensure content loads faster for users with the default HTML5 output that cleans itself up to exclude any extra files, resulting in as much as a 50% reduction in loading time.
Text search within SVG images 
Give end-users a more comprehensive search experience with the added ability to search text within SVG images, that also shows up in search results.
SVG support in HTML5 output 
Effortlessly ensure that your images always look good regardless of the screen size of the device on which they are being viewed, because FrameMaker (2015 release) embeds the entire SVG code in the final HTML5 output. 
Content personalisation for DITA content 
Now directly use DITA attributes for content as criteria in Dynamic Content Filters, making it even easier to create personalised content experiences for your end-users. 
Add favourites within new Responsive HTML5 layouts
Provide users the option to mark topics as favourites within the new Responsive HTML5 layouts, saving them time and effort when accessing content again.
Greater content accessibility with 508 compliance 
Now accommodate your users’ special needs by generating HTML5 layouts that meet 508 compliance, making content compatible with assistive technologies.
Bi-directional language publishing
Publish documents with bi-directional content, including XML/DITA content, from within FrameMaker (2017 release) as PDF, Responsive HTML5, CHM, EPUB, Kindle and Mobile App. Optionally flip the HTML5 layout so that the navigation pane appears on the right for RTL content. 

Personalisation with Dynamic Content Filters 
Give end-users a more personalised content experience with improved Dynamic Content Filters that now support indexes. Users can select appropriate filters to view relevant content.
Customised fonts in EPUB files
Embed customised fonts in your EPUB files and ensure that your users see text exactly as you intended, whether or not they have the font installed on their device.
Note: You must have distribution rights for the embedded font.

HTML page template support 
Configure mini-TOCs, breadcrumbs and headers and footers just once and apply your settings easily to all outputs using the new HTML page template support. 



Do more with advanced XML/DITA capabilities

Revamped DITA authoring templates
Author with ease using the revamped DITA authoring templates, for DITA 1.3 and 1.2. Work more easily with the improved look and feel.
Optimised DITA cross-reference
Insert and manage DITA cross-references more optimally with multiple usability enhancements. Easily access it through the new ‘cross-reference’ option in the insert menu. Now also search by element type, ID or text in the improved pod interface.
Improved Keyspace Manager
Use the improved, resizable Keyspace Manager to search and reference documents. Search for just the first few characters of the key to locate a keyspace or select from a drop-down list of keyspaces added from any open DITA map in the current session. Access a common keyspace for all open DITA maps or choose to set a different keyspace for any document.
Enhanced structure view
Work more easily with your XML structure. Show or hide text based on your convenience and need. 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.
New status bar with element path
Use the brand-new status bar to keep track of the exact path of your current element while authoring DITA content in your structured document. Easily navigate using your cursor keys, eliminating the need to go back and forth to the structured view.
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. 
Optimised file opening experience 
Open files faster with FrameMaker due to optimised cross-referencing of linked files.
Smart Paste 
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 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. 
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.
Faster EDD customisation process 
Reduce EDD customisation time from hours to minutes by using the script included with FrameMaker (2017 release), which automatically changes the element definition in all the relevant places in the DITA 1.2 EDD hierarchy.
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. 
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 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.
Publishing DITA maps to books 
Easily publish DITA content to professional-looking output. Generate nested books and books with flat components. Create attractive book content from DITA maps by automatically generating titles and TOCs, applying number properties and page rounding.
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