Mastering Unstructured FrameMaker

The Mystique of FrameMaker

Ever since being developed as a document editor to use on UNIX workstations, FrameMaker has captured to hearts and minds of technical writers around the world.

FrameMaker is known for its stability and reliable handling of large technical documents. In several surveys, technical writers cite it as the software of choice for writing technical documents.

FrameMaker is not an easy program to learn, however. Mastering Unstructured FrameMaker is designed to teach beginners and those who have used FrameMaker without any formal training the basic FrameMaker capabilities, also called the “unstructured” FrameMaker.

What You’ll Learn

In this class, you will learn how to use FrameMaker’s work area, create unstructured documents, use paragraph tags and character tags, modify master pages, create tables, books, and graphics, and more. You will learn the ins and outs of dealing with FrameMaker’s sometimes quirky interfaces and some of the more advanced features, such as generating a table of contents and an index.

To succeed as a technical writer, you need to know how to use the tools. FrameMaker is one of the tools that you need to add to your resume. Learn the basics in Mastering Unstructured FrameMaker.

Primary Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to perform the following tasks using FrameMaker:

  • Understand FrameMaker’s work area.
  • Create documents using predefined templates.
  • Create customized paragraph and character tags.
  • Add content to documents.
  • Use FrameMaker’s spell checker and thesaurus.
  • Insert and customize tables.
  • Create books and use numbering in them.
  • Understand master pages and text flows in FrameMaker.
  • Format text with paragraph tags and character tags.
  • Import graphics and use anchor frames.
  • Create and maintain cross-references.
  • Generate a table of contents and an index.
  • Edit and print a FrameMaker document.

Mastering Unstructured FrameMaker is taught by Janet Underwood, an award-winning technical writer, instructor, and author of Introduction to Adobe FrameMaker 9 for Windows and Mastering the Basics (and more) of Adobe FrameMaker 10. Her latest FrameMaker book, Mastering Adobe FrameMaker (2017 Release) will be available soon.Her students applaud her knowledge of technical writing and her personalized approach to her subject matter.

Course Price

The price for the course is $499.00 for 14 lessons that include practical assignments, quizzes, a certificate of completion, and personal instruction.

NOTE: You must have version 9 to the current version of Adobe FrameMaker software installed on your own computer to take this course. Please contact me if you have questions about this.

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What Students Say

“Fantastic course on a topic that is EXTREMELY difficult to teach. The course is very well laid out, with great explanations for someone who is unfamiliar with the field of technical writing. Janet is phenomenal and I most definitely will look for any future courses or books she offers.”

“Janet Underwood is organized, knowledgeable, and encouraging. This course pushes through the thicket of its subject matter about as far as possible for an introductory course.”

“This is an excellent course!!! I have recommended it to several other people.”

“Ms. Underwood has put together a VERY fine course. It teaches you what you need to know in a way that’s easy to understand and follow. Ms. Underwood’s knowledge and ability to explain FrameMaker concepts is exemplary. She really knows her stuff.”

“This course met all of my immediate needs to get me up and running in a knowledgeable state. My employer was impressed and pleased at how quickly the turnaround has been with his current document conversion since my taking this course. Thanks a lot.”

“Janet is an amazing teacher. She is one of, if not the best teachers that I’ve had the pleasure of learning from.”

“Very comprehensive, really gets you started with the complex world of FrameMaker!”

“This course gave me a better understanding of the material than I likely would have gained on my own.”

“Janet has created an excellent introduction to this not-so WYSIWYG application and accurately anticipated areas that can be challenging for beginners. Well done Janet, and thank you!”