Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4: A Review

By Alan Houser What’s the first thing you notice about Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4? It’s big. It starts with a 7 Gigabyte installer file. That’s to be expected, because TCS4 includes five big, feature-rich applications, plus several smaller applications....

A Look at Adobe FrameMaker 11

By Alan Houser With the historic Adobe release cycle of 18-24 months for desktop software, the arrival of FrameMaker 11 in July 2012 should be no surprise. Let’s look at what the latest version of FrameMaker offers. A Bit of Background on FrameMaker Many people think...

Leximation releases DITA-FMx 1.1

Leximation, Inc. has announced that the DITA-FMx 1.1 plug-in has been released. This plug-in improves upon the DITA support provided with Adobe FrameMaker 8 and FrameMaker9, including increased coverage of the DITA 1.1 specification and improvements to the authoring...

Microsoft patch for infamous FrameMaker/PDF bug

Some users of FrameMaker on Windows XP and Vista (including myself) have been vexed by FrameMaker crashes while generating PDF files, and generated PDF files with missing text (not good). The problem appeared to be random, affecting some systems but not others, and...

Events: Annual European Tour

I enjoy a journey to Europe once or twice a year, and this year is no exception. Over the next two weeks, I will be participating in several events: The annual tekom/TCWorld conference takes place again in the beautiful German city of Wiesbaden, November 7-9. I will...

Adobe/Macromedia Synergy for Technical Communicators?

I was originally skeptical of the Adobe/Macromedia merger. I saw another case of a larger company buying a smaller company purely to stifle competition, usually by killing those pesky competing products. Promises of greater synergy that usually pepper the press...