Recording of Our Webinar on Integration between DITAToo and FrameMaker Is Now Available!

Thanks to everyone who attended our joint webinar with Adobe “Comprehensive DITA Pubs & CMS Solution with FrameMaker & DITAToo DITA CMS”. If you couldn’t attend the event, don’t worry!

You can watch the recording here.

And here are minute marker notes that the host of the webinar, Maxwell Hoffman, took during the presentation so that you may fast forward to either the demo or points of particular interest:


  • Brief overview of DITAToo product highlights


  • DITAToo integrates with FrameMaker 11 & 12
  • Elegant solution for translation management
  • Great CMS solution for FrameMaker


  • Diagram of DITAToo Components
  • DITAToo Author allows all team members to access and author content


  • AGENDA of what is covered in the DEMONSTRATION
  • Convert Word doc to DITA
  • Edit converted topics in FrameMaker
  • Reference files stored in repository
  • Uploading DITAmap to repository
  • Restructuring the content repository
  • See how DITAToo publishes


  • Review complex Word document that has very few styles; has manual formatting
  • Explanation of how DITAToo will convert styles to DITA Elements
  • Intelligence in DITAToo determines whether doc chunks should be TASKS or CONCEPTS
  • Graphics in Word are converted to externally referenced graphics in repository

10:00 DEMO What DITAToo looks like:

  • Creating a project folder (folders are “virtual”)


  • Identify then convert a Word document
  • … a few moments later, folders for CONCEPTS, TASKS and GRAPHICS are seen


  • Doing a preview of a Topic. Then viewing the XML Source file


  • Viewing a TASK in preview and native XML


  • in PROJECT folder we see a DITAMap has been assembled automatically


  • Editing a DITA TOPIC in FrameMaker
  • Adding an item to a list
  • Checking the XML file from FM back into repository


  • Going to Connection Manager in FrameMaker
  • …. specifiy credential and server details for DITAToo
  • will be able to access DITAToo from “CMS” menu in FrameMaker


  • Accessing repository content from w/in FrameMaker


  • Aadding optional comments when checking FM topic back into the repository


  • Browse in DITAToo repository for graphic, and insert that image into FM


  • Eexample of importing external graphic from LOCAL DRIVE vs repository
  • … then upload topic with local disc graphic to the repository
  • DITAToo will upload the topic to repository … get an alert regarding the image
  • … the local drive image is now accessed from the repository


  • Viewing the XML code view of DITA topic to see how HREF image elements look


  • Example of deciding to move some assets that are already referenced.


  • mid-DEMO questions

30:00 :

  • Had moved 2 screen shots to different locations w/in the repository
  • When you open the topic that had image … it is still there
  • In XML CODE VIEW … you can see the UPDATED LOCATION of the images
  • DITAToo has automatically kept linked graphics intact


  • See example of error message if you have deleted content in repository


  • Ready to publish a topic that has 3 images of 3 versions of product
  • Using conditional images to create multiple versions
  • Example of using the “platform” attribute in [Fig] element to indicate version
  • Normally a DITAVAL filter would be used in FrameMaker
  • You can control which conditions are recognized WITHIN DITAToo


  • Example of generating a DITAVAL file from w/in DITAToo
  • Affected assets are shown in menu, and you can select assets and conditions


  • DITAToo does its conversion based on “visual representation” of the content …
  • If a network connection is lost … you have temp local copy on drive to work with

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