If you’re looking for specifics on the new features, Adobe provides a detailed description in the FrameMaker 9 Reviewer’s Guide.
Adobe launched Technical Communication Suite Version 2, with Photoshop CS4 and Presenter 7 along with updated versions of the apps in the previous version.
The FrameMaker 8.0.3 patch release addresses a long list of bugs and workflow issues, including the proper resolution of DITA content references.
Mahesh Gupta, Adobe’s FrameMaker Product Manager announced the availability of the Version 8.0.2 update in a post on the Technical Communication blog.
Today Adobe announced the release of the new Technical Communication Suite, a bundle that includes the following programs:
The FrameMaker 8 Plug-in for DITA Open Toolkit is now available from Adobe.
DITA-FMx is a new Adobe FrameMaker plugin from Leximation and Silicon Publishing that extends DITA support and fixes bugs in the Application Pack for DITA.
Sarah O’Keefe of Scriptorium Publishing has published her first impressions of FrameMaker 8, including a charming take on the significance of the new icon.
The DITA application pack previously available from Adobe Labs for FrameMaker 7.2 has been rolled in to FrameMaker 8, but drops support for DITA Open Toolkit.
Installation Surprise #2: Another thing about FrameMaker 8 that Adobe hasn’t mentioned is immediately apparent after installation — tabs and a colored toolbar.
Installation Surprise #1: One of the new FrameMaker 8 “features” Adobe carefully neglects to mention is that the application now requires activation .
Adobe has announced that FrameMaker 8.0 will be available by the end of July.
Adobe is no longer accepting new participants for the Prerelease Testing Program, so FrameMaker 8 should be coming soon.
If you’re using custom markers to embed context information in FrameMaker source files, there are changes in the new WebWorks version you should be aware of.
Quadralay support has confirmed that the spurious ”Error communicating with Adobe FrameMaker” messages in the WebWorks AutoMap log are indeed a bug.
These messages in the AutoMap log may have nothing to do with the connection between AutoMap and FrameMaker — the settings in the job schedule may be corrupt.
Writing in the Adobe Technical Communication blog, FrameMaker Product Manager Aseem Dokania announced that Adobe is looking for FrameMaker 8 beta testers.