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FrameMaker plug-ins

Properties of FM plug-ins
Essential FrameMaker plug-ins
Further links

Properties of FM plug-ins

FrameMaker plug-ins speed up your work. In contrast to plug-ins in other applications, FrameMaker plug-ins need not be present at a target installation opening a FrameMaker document handled with plug-ins.

Two types of plug-ins are distinguished in the context of FrameMaker:

When installed, plug-ins become visible as additional functions to standard menus (such as Graphics > Clear Runarounds) or they set up an new main menu (such as FrameScript).

A special kind of plug-ins react on specific events. They become active, for example, just before a file is saved or when a graphic is imparted. The operation of these plug-ins may completely be hidden or become visible by a modified or new dialogue.

Essential FrameMaker plug-ins

A 'complete list of FrameMaker plug-ins' does not exist. This is my personal list of 'must have' plug-ins. For special needs, some authors provide services to develop custom plug-ins to solve special problems in a distinct environment.

AutoText
Systec Toolbox
Endnotes
Enhance
FrameMaker Express Customisation
Index tools
MIF-browser
More plug-ins

AutoText

Purpose Allows you to define a set of text or graphic items and easily insert them into any FrameMaker document. The items may be tables and other objects.
Author Silicon Prairie Software
Type Shareware, USD 10.-
Platforms SUN Solaris, Mac, Windows
User interface Top menu AutoText with defined items as menu entries. Submenues may be defined. All items are defined in autotext.fm .
Documentation PDF with the product.

Systec Toolbox

Purpose

Sets of tools divided into 4 levels:
Basic: Handling formats (free)
1: Statistics, format lists, special characters, definition editor (e.g. edit all x-ref formats at once)
2: Book transfer, FM <-> MIF, named destinations
3: Replace format names, handle and adapt imported graphics, left/right alignment (e.g. or formats in side heads), masterpages (assign according to ¶ format on a page), update chapter TOC
4: Server analysis

Author Systec GmbH, Germany
Type Commercial, USD xxx.- (Basic set is free)
Platforms Windows, Mac
User interface Top menu Toolbox with various submenues. User dialogues and FM definition documents.
Documentation  

Screenshot with menu items of the Systec Toolbox

Endnotes

Purpose Collect notes similar to footnotes at end of file or book (in this case a generated file ("loe" — List of Endnotes).
Author frametools.com
Type Commercial. Currently Endnotes is part of a package (xxx); Package USD xxx.-
Platforms Windows, Mac ???
User interface ???
Documentation ???

Enhance

Purpose Provide structured view of the document (comparable to MS Word structure view). Format hierarchy can be defined (e.g. headings). Collapse and expand structure, move structural elements.
Author SandyBrook Software
Type Commercial, USD xxx.-
Platforms Windows
User interface Top menu Enhance. Enhance uses an own window for its functions and operations on the FM document.
Documentation FrameMaker documents with the product.

Screenshot form the structure view created by the plug-in Enhance

FrameMaker Express Customisation

Purpose Enhance Button bar and Formatting Bar for larger screens. Provide useful keyboard-shortcuts. Add access to useful documents to Equation palette.
Author Shlomo Perets, mycrotype.com
Type Freeware
Platforms Windows
User interface Enlarged button bar and Formatting bar, new KB-shortcuts, additional table in Equation palette, more Help topics.
Documentation PDF within downloaded file.

Screen shot of the extended tool bar from Shlomo Perets with many additional buttons

Index tools

Purpose Provide in-text entry of index information and switch to standard FM index markers. This makes index maintenance (find, replace etc.) very easy.
Author Silicon Prairie Software
Type free ???
Platforms Windows
User interface Main menu Index Tools with few entries
Documentation PDF ???

MIF-Browser

Purpose Display the structure of a MIF file similar to a directory structure. Display the contents of the structural elements.
Author Graham Wideman
Type Freeware
Platforms Windows
User interface Program dialogue with two panes for structural view and contents view
Documentation HTML within downloaded file or on site.

Screenshot of the Mif Browser display with two panes: left a colapsible structure, right a detail view

More plug-ins

Name Description FMx Price Source
Clean import Deletes all paragraph and character tag names, table definitions, cross-reference formats, conditional text tags, master pages, reference pages, and variable definitions from the current document, then allows you to import selected formats from a template (another document). ≥ 6   Electropubs
EZVars EZVars is a modeless dialog box very similar to the Character catalog. It lists all variables in the document and allows you to insert the content of a variable into the document simply by double-clicking on a variable name. Creating variables and modifying variable definitions continues to be done using the standard Variables window. ≥ 6   Electropubs
Archive   ≥ 6    

 

Further links

Find more plug-ins and FrameScripts listed on various places:

German Frame User site www.frame-users.de

 

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