Tame the dangerous dialogue Resize Selected Columns (FM 6 and 7)
Note: This issue has been resolved with FrameMaker 8. FM 8 provides an adaequate dialogue.
The Adobe end-user licence agreement states under "Copyright":
Except for font software converted to other formats as permitted in the "Use of the Software" section, you agree not to modify, adapt or translate the Software except as may be expressly permitted under the European Directive on the Legal Protection of Computer Programs (14 May 1991)
In my humble opinion the following is a description to 'make the program fit for its task' and not a violation of copy right. Anyway, keep the original software in your records. You will need it in case of problems to be re-established to be able to get support from Adobe.
Since FrameMaker 4 users are complaining to Frame Inc. and later to Adobe that one of the dialogues is dangerous (while others are just inelegant): the dialogue to resize columns in tables:
1) In some language versions the heading is incomplete
Generally all fields displaying the current width (or widths) are too narrow. Hence you do not see the real value and your work is mislead if you just select a visible item and change it.
2) For example, here the display says 8.0 cm, but the real value in the field is 18.0 cm. Changing the 8 to a 9 in effect changes 18 to 19!
You will note this only if you place the cursor in the field and move it to the left with the arrow keys. Always double click on the numeric value in the field (to select the complete value) before you enter a new value.
The German dialogue is even worse, because the translation is not very clear:
|To Width:||Breite:||auf Breite:|
|To Width of Column Number:||Breite der Spalte:||auf Breite der Spalte Nummer:|
|To equal Widths Totalling:||Gleiche Breite mit insgesamt:||auf gleiche Breite mit insgesamt:|
|By Scaling to Widths Totalling:||Skalieren auf Gesamtbreite von:||Skalieren auf Gesamtbreite von:|
|To Widths of selected Cell's Contents||Breite der aktuellen Zelleninhalte||auf Breite der aktuellen Zelleninhalte|
There are about 300 dialogues in
fmdlg.dll - only this dialogue
is so badly designed...
I have modified the dialogue with the localisation tool Passolo. and checked the function of both the English and the German version on W2K and NT 4 for FrameMaker 6 and FrameMaker+SGML 6 (6.0p357) and FrameMaker 7 (7.0p576).
Locate the resource DLL
and check its version (right click to get the context menu for file properties).
If your values are different, be prepared to re-install the original dll!
FrameMaker may not work any more after the change.
|FrameMaker version||size of original dll||download file|
|6 English international (6.0p357)||389’120 bytes||fmdlg.dll.6en_mod|
|6 German (6.0p357)||405'504 bytes||fmdlg.dll.6de_mod|
|7 English international (7.0p576)||356'352 bytes||fmdlg.dll.7en_mod|
|7 German (7.0p576)||372'736 bytes||fmdlg.dll.7de_mod|
|7.1 English international (7.1p116)||356'352 bytes||fmdlg.dll.71en_mod|
fmdlg.dll.71en_mod not only fixes the Column Resize
dialogue, but many more. See dialogue modifications
for more details.
Follow this procedure to install the modified dll:
- Close FrameMaker, if necessary.
fmdlg.dll.ori(for original) - do not delete the file!
- Copy the downloaded
$HOME/fminitand rename it to
- Start FrameMaker and check the modified dialogue.
- If FrameMaker gets any problem, resort to the original DLL.
- Keep in mind that a FrameMaker update will install an Adobe original module and you may have the same old dialogue.
- Keep a record of changes to FrameMaker, for example, in a file
(for exmple, D+DD keeps a record of all sw-installations and changes in