FrameMaker Tips & Tricks 2: From FrameMaker into Word

In some projects it is useful to generate Word documents for subject matter experts – to collect input and to review comments.

Not only is tracking changes in Word very well suited for visualizing changes and comments, is it also widely accepted. Unfortunately, FrameMaker crashes sometimes if the document to be exported to Word is too large or if it contains images. So I searched the Internet and got inspired by a side note in one of the Adobe blogs, suggesting a "detour": FrameMaker->PDF->Word. I tried – and was surprised how well it worked. The Word export from Adobe Acrobat Professional is excellent; it even converts the images properly.

Of course, this way is only suitable if you convert single chapters on demand and if you edit the input/feedback before integrating it into your documents. But it is a useful workaround when FrameMaker refuses to export the contents to RTF.

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