Support for high-resolution screens
FrameMaker's user interface is now compatible with high-resolution screens ranging up to 3480 x 2160 pixels. Earlier, when you launched FrameMaker on a high-resolution display device, the text on the user interface would render too small. You would have to use a workaround to overcome this problem for earlier versions of FrameMaker. However, starting from 2017 release, FrameMaker supports high-resolution display devices. The user interface and all text automatically resizes as per Windows display settings.
New welcome screen
FrameMaker (2017 release) comes with a completely new look and feel. You will notice the change right from the welcome screen.
Enhanced Table, Paragraph, and Character Designers
The new table, paragraph, and character designer comes with intuitive looks and presents the configurable options more clearly. You will notice the following enhancements in the new pod:
Styling icons in table and paragraph designers have been replaced with labeled buttonsConfigurable options have been reorganized and relabeledThe redundant command operations have been removed, which were: New Format and Delete FormatOne button for creating new style and updating all style formatting
Improved Conditional Tags pod
The following improvements have been introduced in the Conditional Tags pod:
Adding or editing a conditional tag now happens through a dialogThe old Select drop-down list has been replaced with Filter iconThe Color and Background columns have been removedThe conditional tags are listed with their close-to-final formattingA tooltip is displayed for conditional tags listed in the pod
Enhanced image insertion workflow
A new Insert menu has been introduced in FrameMaker that allows you to insert images, and also a few other components. If you choose Insert > Image workflow to insert and image, you no longer have to select the DPI settings for the imported image. The DPI settings are retained from the image itself. If the image is larger than the page width, it is automatically resized to fit into the page width. You can change the other properties of the image from the Object Properties pod.
You can also insert an image by dragging it from Windows Explorer and dropping it onto your active document. The image gets inserted in an anchored frame. When you save your document, the image is also saved along with the document, which was not the case in earlier version of FrameMaker.
Redesigned catalog pods
Catalog pod like Paragraph, Character, Table, Object, and Elements have been redesigned. The old buttons for refresh, options, and delete have now been replaced with icons at the top of the pod. Also, the dialog to delete an item from the catalog has been simplified by removing the redundant Cancel button.
Session-level scope for View menu commands
Earlier when you selected a command from the View menu, the command would impact only the active document. However, from 2017 release, if you choose any command from the View menu, it will impact all documents opened in the current session. The following commands in the View menu affect the structured and unstructured documents:
BordersText SymbolsRulersGrid LinesHotspot Indicators
However, the following commands in the View menu affect only the structured documents:
Element BoundariesElement Boundaries (as Tags)Element Banner Text
Command shortcuts added in main menu
Earlier, the commands shortcut keys were available only in the user guide. This made it a bit difficult for the new users to find the command shortcuts. Now, the shortcut keys are shown along with the command labels in the menu itself. Users can quickly launch the command by using the shortcut keys.
And a lot more interesting things...