More Ways to Improve Your PDFs with FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers/Assistants

Display additional information without switching to a different page/file


Additional information (such as glossary definitions, effective dates) can be displayed without having to switch to another page/file, taking advantage of different Acrobat features:


With TimeSavers + Form Assistant, you can use hypertext shortcuts to define term definitions displayed in rollover popups when the mouse enters the active area. When clicked, the active area can also be used to jump to a destination -- thus the reader can use the popup to make sure that this is indeed the item being looked for, before clicking to leave the current page.


With TimeSavers + Form/Multimedia Assistants, you can use hypertext shortcuts to define audio/image/movie popups, optionally with text display and links.


With TimeSavers + Presentation Assistant, you can use hypertext shortcuts to define image links/rollovers.


With TimeSavers, you can use a ~ClickMsg hypertext shortcut that simulates FrameMaker's alert box -- clicking the term opens an Acrobat dialog box with the definition. Shortcuts can be adjusted to include standard icons (Error, Warning, Question, Info); custom titles are supported when the PDF is viewed with Acrobat/Reader 6 or higher (when displayed in earlier Acrobat versions, the title is always "Adobe Acrobat").


With TimeSavers and the custom Highlight shortcut, you can define "highlight" annotations, coloring specific terms. Double-clicking the highlighted word opens a window with the additional text; placing the cursor on the highlighted word displays the additional information as a tooltip. Can control color, annotation style (highlight, underline, squiggly, strikeout), printing.


With TimeSavers + Presentation Assistant, a PDF can be created with different layers that are shown/hidden as needed.

Note: With TimeSavers, a hypertext marker can refer to an external text file as a way to bypass FrameMaker's 255 characters limit and/or to store the text item once and reuse it in multiple locations.