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Office Pets. Part II: Blacky and Felix

This is the second (and last) part of our blog series about office pets. This time, we show off Blacky and Felix, two brothers. They are six years old, curious, and always hungry. more ...

Check if or check that? Or: Have you tried turning if off and on again?

How often do we read or write that we should check something? Example: "Check if the computer is connected to power." Clear message, no misunderstanding. But what if it says: "Check that the computer is connected to power." more ...

Ten questions for Ines Lasch, intern at parson

Ines Lasch just finished her vocational training as a technical writer and is doing an eight-week internship at parson. We asked her ten questions. more ...

Vocational Training for Technical Communicators. How Does it Work?

Anja Schiel, trainee, and Ulrike Parson, CEO of parson AG, offer their insights into the vocational training for technical communicators. more ...

Make Technical Documentation Intelligent - From Content Management to Content Delivery

In this article, Martin Kreutzer and Ulrike Parson describe how you fill content-delivery portals with intelligent information so that users quickly get the right answers to their questions. more ...

FrameMaker Tips & Tricks 1: Copy Unformatted Text from the Clipboard

It’s no news: Working with the structured version of FrameMaker has not freed us from dealing with content from unstructured templates.

In theory, we could import that content into FrameMaker automatically. In practice, that does not always work. Then we need to copy and paste – tedious work, which makes us authors unhappy and cranky. But we have no choice. We need to get that stuff into FrameMaker, one way or the other.

And it gets worse. Sometimes, when copying content, we get the format of the source file with it. To get rid of that unwanted formatting, we can use the Paste Special command. But there is a simpler way.

We modify the settings that determine the order in which clipboard content is inserted into FrameMaker:

1. Locate the file maker.ini in your FrameMaker application directory and open it in a text editor.

2. Locate ClipboardFormatsPriorities in the section [preferences]. The line should look like this: 

ClipboardFormatsPriorities=FILE, MIFW, MIF, RTF, OLE 2, META, EMF, DIB, BMP, UNICODETEXT, TEXT.

3. To make FrameMaker insert unformatted text first, move UNICODE TEXT in front of RTF. Now the line should look like this:

ClipboardFormatsPriorities=FILE, MIFW, MIF, UNICODE TEXT, RTF, OLE 2, META, EMF, DIB, BMP, TEXT.

This small but important modification often gets forgotten when installing or reinstalling FrameMaker. Thanks to cap studio for reminding me.

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