Comprehensive DITA support
Meet consistency and authoring needs as well as specific output requirements with support for both DITA 1.1 and DITA 1.2 specifications. Work with DITA topics, DITA task topics, DITA concept topics, DITA reference topic, DITA glossentry topic and DITA maps, and easily set attribute display options.
Native XML Code View
Dive directly into XML code using the Code View. Exercise complete control over XML documents with a host of editing features, including customized toolbars, inline attribute editor, automated tracking of errors, Intelliprompt of attributes and elements, search using XPath, and advanced XSLT features.
Out-of-the-box support for MathML™ equations
Create or edit MathML™ equations within FrameMaker XML Author 12 thanks to native integration with MathFlow™ Structure and Style editors from Design Science. Import a MathML™ equation into FrameMaker XML Author 12, as an image, auto-size it, and save its source in the XML file. Automatically render all documents including XML, with embedded MathML™ equations.
Native integration with leading content management systems
Use built-in connectors to smoothly integrate with best-of-breed CMSs like Adobe Experience Manager (formerly known as Adobe CQ), EMC Documentum, and Microsoft SharePoint, and third-party plug-ins to integrate with other CMSs. Get a set of APIs to connect your enterprise authoring environment with virtually any CMS. Improve searchability of content with custom metadata.
Simultaneous PDF-based reviews and authoring
Work more productively by conducting authoring and reviewing in parallel. Edit the source content without waiting for all review comments to come in. Review comments are imported correctly in the modified document as long as the commented content has not changed in the source document.
Content review on the go using mobile devices
Leverage the powerful PDF-based review workflow even on mobile devices using the mobile Adobe Reader app. Allow your subject matter experts to review content anytime, anywhere on smartphones and tablets. They will be able to make comments in the PDF and these can then be seamlessly imported into the FrameMaker source file.
Customizable user interface for easier navigation and better viewing
Customize the user interface to match the way you work. Configure it with icons of your choice—large or regular sized, colored or greyscale. Navigate more easily with prominent highlighting of the active window, panel, or pod. Use floating toolbars and control bars, dock your most frequently used dialog boxes for quick access, and create workspaces customized to your workflow.
Change the way you insert elements of various catalogs such as element, paragraph, and character catalogs. Bring up the new dialog box with a keyboard shortcut. See content even for large catalogs with 10 elements displayed at a time. Search for an element directly, or view a dynamic list of elements based on the filter criteria or context.
Out-of-the-box Dropbox integration
Work anytime, anywhere, on any machine, and with collaborators across networks. Choose whether to upload dependent files or not. Share documentation easily with subject matter experts and other reviewers, and keep documents automatically updated with review comments.
Out-of-the-box support for publishing content with DITA OTK
Do away with the hassle of having to install or integrate DITA OTK to publish DITA content to multiple output formats. Leverage out-of-the-box support for DITA OTK to seamlessly publish content in various formats, including HTML, Microsoft HTML Help (.CHM) and Java™ Help.
Comprehensive DTD support
Author and validate XML content using DTDs. FrameMaker 12 ships with standard DTDs such as DITA and DocBook, and supports custom DTDs as well. Easily import a DTD and create an EDD out of it with a single click. Alternatively, point to the DTD in the XML source and validate that against the DTD.
Expandable DITA map topics for quick viewing of content
Expand DITA map by resolving each topicref to easily preview the topic content. Open topics individually or all together at one go. Preview nested topics without opening each topic individually. Edit a topic by simply clicking on it, and refresh to see the changes.
Quick Element toolbar for easy insertion of content
Simply click on icons in the native Quick Element toolbar to insert or wrap content into elements without requiring knowledge of tag names. The toolbar guides you to select valid elements in the XML structure. Build your own toolbar for custom DTDs by mapping different elements to icons in the toolbar.
Superior white space handling as per XML standards
Easily work with XML files as white spaces inserted in the XML code view in FrameMaker XML Author 12 or any other XML editor are handled as per XML standards. White spaces and spaces for pretty printing are ignored or preserved as appropriate or specified. Specify white spaces to be preserved using the XML:space attribute.
Author structured content faster. Convert unstructured content to a structured format with Smart Paste. Easily bring in a variety of content including paragraphs, tables and lists, from a variety of sources such as Microsoft Word and Excel, and HTML webpages.
XSLT 2.0 support
Create a variety of transformation scenarios by applying predefined or customized XSLT to XML files. Execute these transformations using a range of JAXP-compliant processors, such as Xalan and Saxon. Define the scope of the transformation—a file, all files in a folder, DITA map, or all children of a book.
XPath 2.0 support
Eliminate the need to browse through numerous lines of XML code. Use the XPath Pod to find your elements and automatically apply functions to them. Customize your query builder, get suggestions, define the scope of queries, use the history drop-down feature, and save search results for greater productivity.
Structure-level comparison of documents
Compare any two documents with the Compare Documents feature—changes are marked in the composite document.
Automation through scripting
Easily automate time-consuming, repetitive tasks through advanced scripting support with Adobe ExtendScript. Run scripts for simple tasks from within FrameMaker or through the ExtendScript Toolkit to eliminate manual efforts and help increase productivity.