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FMvars – Handling variables in FrameMaker

FMvars is an ExtendScript package which provides functions for handling variables in FrameMaker:

Note: This page does not describe all features of FMvars. See the full documentation (pdf).

Standard dialogues
Use cases of FMvars
Functions of FMvars
Downloading and installing FMvars

[To top/bottom of page] Standard dialogues and pods for variable handling

[To top/bottom of page] Use cases of FMvars

[To top/bottom of page] Functions of FMvars

You may wish to read the full documentation.

The script installs a menu item: Format > Handling variables with the sub-menu:
Documentation [ESC q v d]
- Handling Variables [ESC q v v]
- Import/export variables [ESC q v x]

The main dialogue is a palette which stays open while you manimpulate the document:
Editing palette of FMvars

Clicking Import/Export opens the secondary dialogue for transferring variables between the current document and another one (which also may be open):
FMvars import/export dialogue

Messages are presented at the bottom of the panels:
Message display in FMvars Message in Import/Export dialogue

[To top/bottom of page] Downloading and installing FMvars

Attention: Windows Defender may react to this installation with a virus warning. This is a false positive. You may check this with an upload to Virustotal
Please consult the complete documentation for instructions how to avoid intervention by Windows Defender. This most useful feature has the quirk to quarantaine most compiled AHK scripts.

Note: All software from D+DD is Donationware - if you find it helpful for your work, think about supporting also my work.

  1. Download the script file
  2. FM version Date Version Installation file(s) Latest changes
    10 and later 2018-01-25 1.2 Inst-FMvars.zip
    • First issue of FMvars.
    2018-03-09 1.3
    • Correction in Notify function.
    • Project structure modified.
    • Installation routine.
    2021-09-15 2.0
    • Localisation changed to XML method
    2021-12-08 2.1
    • Menu location changed from Format to Insert (FM ≥ 14) or Special (FM ≤ 13)
    • Documentation updated with detailed installation process and remark concerning Windows Defender
  3. Before installing a new (updated) version, uninstall the current version: start the installation program from the short cut in the Start-menu > D+DD. Then use the Un-Install button.
  4. UnZip the file to the desktop (you get a file and a directory).
  5. Execute the file PrepareInstallation.exe.
    The language of the installation dialogues adapts to the UI language of your current FM installation (de, en, fr).
  6. The last six FM-versions present in your %appdata%/Adobe/FrameMaker/ are listed in the dialogue (on your system there may be only one).
    Prepare installlation of FMgraph
  7. Select the FM-version for which you want to install FMbiblio.
  8. Use Continue. This opens the installation program:
    FMgraph installation dialogue
  9. Select the appropriate option(s):
  10. With Install the script and associated files will be transferred into the relevant locations.
  11. A message indicates the end of the installation. The desktop icons will be removed.

Uninstall the script

To uninstall the script, start the installation program from the short cut in the Start-menu > D+DD. Then use the Un-Install button.

This removes the script only from the locations defined in the options. You can later use the installation program again.

To get completely rid of the script you need to remove the following in addition to the un-installation:


Any software from D+DD is provided by the author and contributor "as is" and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed.

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