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Entries in maker.ini and other configuration files (FM-3 … FM-13)

This page tries to shed some light on the various entries in maker.ini – the FrameMaker initialization file for the Windows platform of FM. You are welcome to provide corrections and/or addenda to the information.

Since late 2012 Adobe provides similar information as this page on the web, also as pdf: FM-11, FM-12, FM-13

General remarks Sections in maker.ini file Other config files

Location of maker.ini

Coding of maker.ini

Comments

Notes on specific entries

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Authorview.ini

Ditafm.ini

Ditafm-output.ini

HelpCfg.ini

MathChar.cfg

MathFlowPlugin.ini

ModalDialogPosition.ini

RestoreSession.txt

PageSize.cfg

PdfSize.ini

XmlCodeView.ini

General remarks

[To top/bottom of page] Location of maker.ini

Until FrameMaker 6 the file maker.ini was only present in the FM installation directory ($HOME).

Starting with FM-7 a copy of the file — only those elements which depend on the user settings — are in the user area. The effective path to this location depends on the OS:

Windows NT4 C:\WinNT\Profiles\Logon name\Application Data\Adobe\FrameMaker\version
Windows 2000, XP C:\Documents and Settings\Logon name\Application Data\Adobe\FrameMaker\version
Windows Vista, W7 C:\Users\Logon name\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\FrameMaker\version

The personal maker.ini can specify a personal override value for any parameter that is controlled by the ini file. By default, it included things like default directories, user dictionaries, user preference items like automatic save, and default locations of dialog boxes all the kinds of things that any user is likely to set for their own personal preference.

[To top/bottom of page] Coding of maker.ini

Until FM-7 maker.ini was coded in US-ASCII. Special FM characters are escaped, for example to define the typographic quotes for 'smart quotes'.

Starting with FM-8 maker.ini is coded in UTF-8 to contain any Unicode character, although some items are still using the escape method.

[To top/bottom of page] Comments

[To top/bottom of page] [FrameMaker]

This section was established with FM-3, but replaced by [Frame] with FM-4. It contained only the variables Version, Language and PCName.

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Variable Sample values Remarks FM-version
new obs.
Version 10p419 version, build 3.0 10
; AUTO_VERS_UPDATE CHANGE_VERSION end used by installation/update 5.5 10
Language UKEnglish UI language, default ¶ language,default spelling dictionary; depends on installation 3.0 ---
PCNAME UnKnown The name of the PC as used in a network; in FM_5 replaced by User 3.0 5.0
ProductInterface [user only] FrameMaker | Structured FrameMaker Start up mode, kept in user-location only; Indroduced with the combined FM + SGML 7 ---

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Since FM-11 this section is not used any more (values left empty).

Variable Sample values Remarks FM-version
new obs.
User Klaus Daube The user logged on at installation 5.0 10
Company Docu + Design Daube Taken from the OS information 5.0 10
RegNum 00-5-01-01-3-00000 | 20-0-01-01-7-00BB8-7B12D6 Serial-number, | Registration number 5.0 8
ASN 1030-1418-8666-8813-1846-475 Application serial number. See note 26 7 8

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Variable Default / Option Remarks FM version
new obs.
AlertOnPDFSave On | Off On: Alert before existing pdf is overwritten 12 ---
AllowNewFileURL On | Off (do not change setting) Provides URL support for files referenced in the an xml file (you can specify the file paths in additional formats).
E.g. used for the file $HOME\HelpCfg.ini which is displyed in the online help window with Icon "FrameMaker Help Center".
10 ---
AlwaysDownloadURL Off |On See Note 18 8.0 ---
API On | Off Enabling FDK client programs. These are listed in the [APIClients] section. With Off these programs are not started 4.0 ---
ApiCoverage [user only] API coverage file name FrameMaker uses this file on shut down to store the coverage. 11 ---
ApplyAsCondition On | Off

On: Show/hide the following options in the manage attribute expressions dialog:
• Ditaval as condition
• Apply condition tag
• Remove if previously applied Off: Disable this option

11 ---
ApplyCondTillElementBoundaries Off |On On: Apply a conditional tag to the whole element, even if only a part of the element is selected (only applicable to structured documents) 11 ---
ApplyDestCondOnPastedText [user only] Off |On On: to paste conditional content using the destination document's settings. 11 ---
AskExit On | Off Prompt for quitting FM 4.0 ---
AutoCollapseIconicPanels Off |On On: when a panel is in iconic mode, clicking the icon of the panels in FM opens the panel. When focus goes away from the panel it collapses to an icon.
Preferences > Interface
9 12
AutoCollapseIconicPods Off |On On: when a panel is in iconic mode, clicking the icon of the panels in FM opens the panel. When focus goes away from the panel it collapses to an icon.
Preferences > Interface
12 ---
AutoMnemoniseMenus On | Off Determines if mnemonic command shortcuts are shown on menus (e.g. ALT, v, b for menu View, Borders) 4.0 8
AutoSave On 5/ Off 5 Period of auto saving [min] (how often FrameMaker creates a backup file for the active file, whether or not you have saved it).
Preferences > General
3.0 ---
AutoShowHiddenPanels On | Off On: in the full screen mode of FrameMaker, the panels and toolbars appear in a thin dark-grey strip. Hovering over these panels and toolbars shows the panels and toolbars
Preferences > Interface
9 12
AutoShowHiddenPods On | Off On: in the full screen mode of FrameMaker, the panels and toolbars appear in a thin dark-grey strip. Hovering over these panels and toolbars shows the panels and toolbars
Preferences > Interface
12 ---
AutoSpellCheckCorrectionListSize 5 Number of correction proposals 10 ---
BackupOnSave On | Off Backup file is automatically created when saving a file 3.0 ---
CharacterReferencesOnXMLExport Off |On ??? 12 ---

Character Map

 

Files > Utilities > Character Map:

  ---
   CharPalette_Key     Win+I Key Combinations can be a combination of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Win+{some key code} 9 ---
   ClipBoardForCharPalette Off |On   9 ---
   ClipBoardForHexInput On | Off   9 ---
   Encoding 2 0: UTF-8 | 1 = UTF-16 | 2 = UTF-32 9 ---
   HexInput_Key Win+H Key Combinations can be a combination of Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Win+{some key code} 9 ---
   RememberPage 0   9 ---
   RememberFont Courier   9 ---
   Width 420   9 ---
CheckoutOnOpen On | Off Checkout HTTP files on open (WebDav) 10 ---
ClearHistoryOnSave Off |On On: Undo history cleared on save (multiple undo was introduced with FM-9) 9 ---
ClipboardFormatsPriorities FILE, TEXT, OLE 2, EMF, META, DIB, BMP, MIF, RTF, TEXT, UNICODE TEXT Inserting items from clipboard taken from other applications
Edit > Paste Special bypasses these settings. Default sequence has change very often and settled now for FM-10. See note 01
3.0 ---
ConfigurationFilePath file path Global file path to read XML attributes 11 ---
ConfigWarnKbdOverride Off |On Issue warnings when interpreting the customisation files (*.cfg): Whether the same command gets mutltiple short cuts (overrides). 4.0 ---
ConfigWarnKbdRedundant Off |On Issue warnings when interpreting the customisation files (*.cfg): Whether the same shortcut is defined multiple times (redundant) 4.0 ---
ConvertGraphicsToEPS Off |On On: when saving a FrameMaker file as PDF, the TIFF, PSD, and JPEG images in the documents are converted to EPS. 9 ---
CopyFileInfoOnImport [user only] On | Off Allow/disable import of file Info 11 ---
CreateAllNamedDestinations Off |On Default value for PDF set up
On: FrameMaker creates all the possible named destinations (all paragraphs and elements).
9 ---
CrossPlatformFileNaming Windows 9x/2000/NT | MacIntosh | UNIX Preferences > General
This flag decides whether to alert you that the filenames you are saving may be illegal on one or more platforms. These problems are about prohibited characters or length of the filenames. UNIX is the most restrictive definition.
5.0 ---
CtrlAltIsAltGr Off |On Support the AltGr key on none-english keyboards. See note 05 7.1 ---
DefaultColGapCm 1cm Default properties of a new text frame.( Later these were integrated into the dialogue to set up text frames). 3.0 4.0
DefaultColGapInch 0.25in Default properties of a new text frame.( Later these were integrated into the dialogue to set up text frames). 3.0 4.0
DefaultGridCm 1.0cm Values for spacing of the visible grid lines. See note 04 3.0 ---
DefaultGridInch 0.5in Values for spacing of the visible grid lines. See note 04 3.0 ---
DefaultMarginCm 2.5cm, 2.5cm, 2.5cm, 2.5cm Margins for custom sized document.( Later replaced by the template file custom) 3.0 4.0
DefaultMarginInch 1in, 1in, 1in, 1in Margins for custom sized document.( Later replaced by the template file custom) 3.0 4.0
DefaultRulerCm 1.0cm Spacing of tick marks on the vertical and horizontal rulers in new documents. See note 04 3.0 ---
DefaultRulerInch 0.125in Spacing of tick marks on the vertical and horizontal rulers in new documents. See note 04 3.0 ---
DefaultSnapCm 0.5cm Spacing of the snap grid lines (invisible). See note 04 3.0 ---
DefaultSnapInch 0.125in Spacing of the snap grid lines (invisible). See note 04 3.0 ---
DefaultvVectorFormatForXMLExport MIF | CGM Internal storage of Equations and Anchored Frames four round trip XML 11 ---
DelayLoadClients Off |On ON loads all clients in idle loops after FM launches.
Preferences > Global > Launch
12 ---
DelayLoadLangProviders On | Off At startup time: tune performance
Preferences > Global > Launch
12 ---
DictionaryProviderMismatchDialog On | Off Report on open: document dictionary provider different to what is set for this language
Preferences > Spelling
11 ---
DirectOLESupportInXml Off |On

On: xml file preserves OLE objects.
Off: OLE objects are converted into a MIF reference.
See note 24

11 ---
DisableAutofitAfterZoom Off |On See note 15 5.5 ---
DisplayFileLeafFirst Off |On Displays the filename in the title of the document or book window before the path name. See note 17 7.2 ---
DisplayUsingPrinterMetrics

Off | On

Off: correct character widths
On: correct placement of characters on lines (default since FM-8)
5.5 ---
DitaMapShowFileReferences Off |On On: FrameMaker displays only the file references in the Ditamap view. FrameMaker does not display the metadata elements as they are not file reference nodes. 12 ---
DitaMapShowNavtitle Off |On On: FrameMake displays the nav title element in the Ditamap view 11 ---
DocxImportWarning On | Off When importing Word documents of format docx a warning appears that data may be lost. 13 ---
DoNotExportInvalidXML Off |On Controls whether to save an invalid xml file. 10 ---
DontLoadStartupScripts S1000dUtilities, S1000Dmenu Do not load these from the "AutoLoad" scripts at start up 12 ---
DontShowWelcomeScreen Off |On On: , to hide the FrameMaker welcome screen 8.0 ---
EnableAutoSpellCheck On | Off On: Spelling is checked on the fly 10 ---
EnableHideChildWithParent Off |On On: FrameMaker hides child elements along with parent element 9.0.3 ---
EnableInternalValidation [internal] Off |On ??? 12 beta only ---
EnableOldSmartInsert Off |On Enable the Smart-insert function as performed in FM-11 12 ---
EnableOleOptimization [user only] Off |On Optimize handling of OLE objects 10 beta only ---
EnablePerformanceChanges [internal] Off |On ??? 11 ---
EnableUndoInFDK On | Off On enables recording "undo" history in FDK APIs. Turn this option Off to improve performance of certain FDK clients. 7.2 > 10
EnhancedToolBar On | Off On: toolbar does not show distinct buttons - modern look.
Off: toolbar shows distinct buttons - not all of exactly same size.
8.0 9.0
EPSLevelForPlacedPDF [user only] 2 | 1 | 3 By default, FrameMaker prints imported PDF (Placed PDF) files by converting them to Level 1 EPS files (with limited colour support). Level 3 includes proper rendering for spot colours, gradients and transparency. 6.0 ---
ErrorFileName consfile.txt This file is created anew at each start of FM. In case of crash errors may be reported here. Hence save the file for later use. 4.0 ---
ExecutablePlugins EXE Extension for executable plugins 6.0 ---
FirstRunOpenDoc file path First file to be opened in FrameMaker during the first launch after installation. 4.0 ---
FlipObjectOnDirectionChange On | Off RTL-support: To flip and change the orientation of a graphical object (e.g. an image) when text direction changes. 13 ---
FMImage Off |On Controls whether a FrameImage facet is saved with imported graphics by default. 3.0 ---
FontCache [user only] %appdata%\Adobe\FrameMaker\xx\.cache_fonts Cache of the fonts directory (fminit\fonts).This binary file holds information from the SBX files. On startup, FrameMaker reads the info from the cached file instead of opening and reading each file every time. 9 ---
ForceFileTypeChoices Off |On

On: Force to bring up unknown file type dialog
Off: FM displays the message "Cannot open the file."

5.0 ---
FormViewEnabled On | Off Enable the Form View in the Simplified XML for DITA topics. 13 ---
FormViewUsesSmartPaste On | Off Smart Paste function in Form View 13 ---
FrameMakerPDFAssistant Acrobat Distiller Present in FM-6, but outcommented; from FM-7.0 on present in the APIClients section, but also outcommented 6.0 > 10
GDIRasterizeKiloPixelLimit 8192 When getting the facet from PDF, limit the number of pixels we use in rasterizing. 5.5 ---
GetLibraryColorRGBFromCMYK Printing | Printing&Screen | Screen | None

Otpions for RGB printing only; the CMYK option always uses CMYK colors. See note 21. See also Adobe blog and Adobe Forum

5.5 ---
Gravity Off |On Whether a new object is torn towards an existing object in close vicinity. 6.0 ---
GreekSize 5 Below this font size just a gray bar is displayed for text 3.0 ---
HidePanelsOnClose Off |On On: Closing panels they are hidden but are still active in the memory and may affect FM performance
Off: FM removes the panels when they are closed. To display them again, choose them from the FM menus.
Preferences > Interface
9 12
HidePodsOnClose Off |On On: Closing panels they are hidden but are still active in the memory and may affect FM performance
Off: FM removes the panels when they are closed. To display them again, choose them from the FM menus.
Preferences > Interface
12 ---
HideSingleTabsInDocs On | Off On: when a floating document is solo, its single tab is not shown
Preferences > Interface
9 ---
hpWarning [user only] 0 | 1 | 2 FM displays "history will be cleared, can't undo" alert. FM-9 allowed only Off/On.
Since FM-10 these values are possible:
0: no dialogs for history clearing commands
1: dialogs appear for every history clearing operation
2: dialogs appear only once for each kind of operation
Preferences > Global > Alerts
11 ---
HyphenateNonRomanFonts Off |On Activates hyphenation for "Global fonts", such as Arial Unicode MS. In rare cases the pertaining document must be re-hyphenated. See note 30 10.0.1 ---
ImageDefaultRunaroundStyle [user only] Contour | BoundingBox | None Set the initial (default) value for runaround style of an image when the image is inserted in a FrameMaker document ??? ---
InputMethodAutoActivation On | Off For typing Asian text with special device. See note 06 6.0 ---
InsetFilePathForMissingPoster MissingPoster.bmp File to be used as a poster if the actual poster is not valid/readable 11 ---
JapaneseImperialEra [user only] ???

Japanese imperial era date strings. Enter the date in the following format: DD MM YY Name | DD MM YY Name | DD MM YY Name |. The most recent era should come first followed by older ones. The last item is the era after "Heisei" era.

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe

??? ---
LastActiveView Author | WYSIWYG | XML See note 22 11 ---
LastActiveViewInXMLAuthorMode Off |On Display the last active view in FrameMaker XML Author mode 12 ---
LastUsedWorkSpaceInStructuredMode Structured Authoring Name of the Last Used WorkSpace in the structured mode. See also Adobe blog 9 ---
LastUsedWorkSpaceInUnStructuredMode Authoring Name of the Last Used WorkSpace in the unstructured mode 9 ---
LastUsedWorkSpaceInXMLAuthorMode Authoring Name of the Last Used WorkSpace in XML-Authoring mode 12 ---
LoadAdobeFontsOnStartup On | Off

At startup time: tune performance
Preferences > Global > Launch

12 ---
LoadStartupScripts On | Off At startup time: tune performance
Preferences > Global > Launch
12 ---
LocDisplayCriteria On | Off

For bottom Pod:On: FM indicates the location of the object such as (variable, marker, or conditional) . See Note 31
Preferences > Pods > Location criteria

Example: When LocDisplayCriteria is On, LocParaStyle1=On specifies first column's title as para style's name in Pods. Default value is Heading1. This flag is relevant to Unstructured FrameMaker. For more information on Pods, see FrameMaker Help
.

9 ---
LocElemType1 Element1 | any ∈

If LocDisplayCriteria is On, this flag specifies the first column's title as element name in Pods.

9 ---
LocElemType2 Element2 | any ∈ If LocDisplayCriteria is On, this flag specifies the second column's title as element name in Pods. 9 ---
LocParaStyle1 Heading1 | any ¶ If LocDisplayCriteria is On, this flag specifies the first column's title as para style's name in Pods. 9 ---
LocParaStyle2 Heading2 | any ¶ If LocDisplayCriteria is On, this flag specifies the second column's title as para style's name in Pods. 9 ---
MaxMruListSize [user only] 5 | 1 … 20

Limit of recent files list | file history list.

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe

9 ---
MenuSet Complete | Quick | Custom Quick menus are a subset of complete menus.
With the introduction of views (FM-11) there is one menu set per view.
2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe :Custom menu
4.0 ---
MissingGraphicsDialog On | Off Missing in the Preferences > Global > Alerts 10 11
MonitorSize

Default | 14" | 15" | 17" | 19" | 21" | 22"

Preferences > General
Diagonal size of the monitor to adjust display of 100% zoom to actual size of objects
3.0 ---
MultiMediaLinkTableRowLimit 100 | 1 … xxx Maximum numberof entries in the hotspot table. See note 25 11 ---
NetLibTimeout 20 Time to wait when connecting to the webdav server [seconds]. 9 ---
NetworkLock On | Off Preferences > General
Causes FrameMaker to create a lock file (.lck) when you open a file. The lock file deters others from opening the same file and changing its contents while you have it open. They can, however, open a view-only copy of the file.
3.0 ---
No3DInPDF Off |On Allow (Off) or disallow (On) U3D objects in PDF 8.0 ---
NoFlashInPDF Off |On Allow (Off) or disallow (On) Flash in PDF 8.0 ---
NoMultimediaInPDF Off |On On: FrameMake does not embed multimedia in the PDF 11 ---
NonWriteableIniAlert [user only] Off |On On: display an alert when FrameMaker cannot write/update the maker.ini file 11 ? ---
OpenCompDocsAsTabs On | Off Preferences > Interface: Open composite documents ... 9 11
OpenDocOnDragDrop [user only] On | Off Open a document that is dragged on to the document window   ---
OpenDocsAsTabs On | Off Preferences > Interface: Display documents in tabbed windows 9 11
OpeningOldReleaseDocDialog On | Off On: Alert on Document Open with older version
Preferences > Global > Alerts
10 ---
OverwriteFileOnSPSUpload Off |On ??? 10 11
PantoneFile [user only] fminit\pantone.cvc Path of the Pantone Color Library cvc file 11 ---
PenWidths 0.5, 1.0, 3.0, 4.0 | 0.1mm, 0.2mm, 0.35mm, 0.5mm Pen widths [pt] for graphic lines (valid: .015 … 360 pt) | My favourite settings.
Used/set in Graphics Tool bar
3.0 ---
PluginCache [user only] directory name Cache of the plugin directory. This is a binary file. 9 ---
PluginExtensions DLL, DLX, EXE List of plug-in file-extensions 6.0 8
PostXSLTValidationOnExport Off |On When enabled, validates a file when saved as XML 10 ---
PreventDocTabbingWhenDragging Off |On On: preven document tabbing while dragging
Preferences > Interface:
9 11
QuerySessionRestoreOnLaunch On | Off If the last FrameMaker session ended in a crash and it can be restored, then on the next FrameMaker session launch ask if user wants to restore session. 12 ---
RegularExpressionSyntax Perl | Grep | Egrep Flavour of regular expressions in the Find Dialogue 12 ---
RememberMissingFontName

On | Off

Preferences > General
Determines whether the names of unavailable fonts are preserved so that the original fonts can reappear when the file is reopened on a computer where they are installed.
5.5 ---
RemoveExtraWhiteSpacesOnXMLImport On | Off On: Remove spaces (for example) after inline images;
Off: keeps spaces on xml import in place
10 ---
RemoveGeneratedFacetsForTypes GIF,JPG,PNG,SVG See note 23 11 ---
RepeatEnabled On | Off Enable | disable repeat last executed command from the command history. 10 ---
RepeatTypingEnabled On | Off Enable | disable repeat typing operations from the command history. ??? ---
ReplaceCacheSize 200 If you have memory issues when doing replace all/replace in a book, or during similar operations, reduce the replace cache size from the default 200. 8p277 ---
RetainTempFileWhenNotExportingInvalidXML [user only] No | Yes Whether or not to retain the invalid xml in the temp directory while saving an XML file. The user may want to see the temp file for errors. 11 ---
RomanRanges 0000-024F, 0400-052F, 0370-03FF, 2000-206F The code points between the start and end (inclusive) are treated as roman code range (While rendering text, FrameMaker does not apply CJK rules to these ranges ). 8p277 ---
SessionRestoreInfoSerializedOnCrash [internal] Off |On ??? only in user area 12 ---
ShowAlertsOnSessionRestore Off |On Alerts while session is being restored
Preferences > Global > Alerts
12 ---
ShowErrors On | Off Log | stop logging errors in the file ErrorFileName (for OFF the console window is not displayed) 3.0 ---
ShowFormattingBar On | Off Determine whether the Formatting bar appears when FrameMaker starts 4.0 9
ShowInAppMessages On | Off Display special "tips of interest". 13 ---
ShowLearningResourcesOnStarterPage On | Off Display a browser window with http://robohelp.host.adobe.com/fm/xx/en/point.html below the Welcome screen
Preferences > General
11 ---
ShowQuickAccessBar On H | Off | On V Determine whether the QuickAccess bar appears when FrameMaker starts 4.0 9
Snap On | Off Graphics > Snap
new or moved graphics are aligned to the snap grid
6.0 ---
SplashScreen On | Off Splash screen at start up appears. This is the online-window below the welcome screen providing links to resources such as videos. 9 ---
StickyPopupThreshold 500 Controls how long [ms] you must hold down the mouse button for pop-up menus, such as the Zoom menu, to open. 4.0 8
SuppressExtensions fm, book, Mif Suppress these extensions if suppressed in the Windows shell. Leave value empty to disable suppression.
Value mif was there only in FM-5
2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe
5.0 ???
SuppressFontAlertOnOpen [user only] Off |On On: suppress the missing font dialog when you open a document
Preferences > General
11 ---
SuppressLangAlertOnOpen [user only] Off |On On: suppress alerts when opening document about some of the languges used in the document aren't available with FM. 11 ---
SuppressXMLParserWarnings Off |On On: Suppresses parser messages for duplicate elements specified in a DTD. FrameMaker® uses the first instances 10 ---
SuppressXMLWarnings Off |On On: Suppresses parser messages for duplicate elements specified in a DTD. FrameMaker® uses the first instance found. 10 ---
SwitchToAsianLayoutDialog On | Off For Asian languages the layout engine may be changed in the paragraph designer. 13 ---
SymbolSortingBeforeAlphaNumeric Off | On

Off: l1-para, lb2-bulleted-2nd, lbt-bulleted-tight, lb-bulleted (default in FM-9)
On: l1-para, lb-bulleted, lb2-bulleted-2nd, lbt-bulleted-tight (same as until FM-8)

9 ---
TabbarStatus On | Off Whether document windows are tabbed 8.0 9.0
TextCharacterEncoding ANSI | OEM ANSI: use the Windows-1252 Chacracter encoding
OEM: use the ASCII character encoding (128 chars only)
3.0 5.5
ToolBarIconsColor [user only] Colored | Monochrome Specify the color option of toolbar icons.
Preferences > Interface
12 ---
ToolBarIconsSize [user only] Large | Small Specify the size of toolbar icons (large: 26x26 pix; small: 18x18 pix)
Preferences > Interface
12 ---
ToolTipMode normal | fast | hidden Appearance of tool tips
hidden switches off only the display of the filepath on the tab.
9 ---
TranslateObjectOnDirectionChange On | Off RTL support: See note 28 13 ---
UIBrightness 3 | 1 … 3 Preferences > General 9 11
UnavailableFontsDialog On | Off Report on open: document uses unavailable fonts
Preferences > Global > Alerts
10 ---
UndoHistorySize [user only] 32767 | 1 … 32767 Size of the Undo list. Value 0 has same effect as default. 11 ---
UnresolvedCrossReferencesDialog On | Off Off: No alert on Document Open about unresolved crossreferences
Preferences > Global > Alerts
10 ---
UnsupportedFileFormatForModeDialog On | Off

Report on unsupported file format in mode (???)
Preferences > Global > Alerts

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe

12 ---
UnsupportedFileFormatForViewDialog On | Off

Report on unsupported file format in view (Wysiwyg, XML, …)
Preferences > Global > Alerts

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe

12 ---
UnsupportedHotspotShapesDialog On | Off On: if there are unsupported hotspot shapes in an fm file, FM displays the Unsupported Hotspot Shapes dialog when generating PDF 11 ---
UploadOnSave On | Off Upload HTTP files on save (WebDav) 10 ---
UseDisplayUnitInTemplate Off |On On: default display units are taken from document templates. Otherwise
Off:the values are taken from maker.ini. See note 14
5.5 ---
UseGrayScaleAppIcon Off |On Preferences > Interface:
"The most rational feature of this application"
9 11
UsePostscript On | Off

On: FM uses built-in methods of generating PostScript code, is faster and of higher quality.
Off: use standard Windows methods. This makes FM print the preview image of EPS graphics instead of the PostScript image.

3.0 ---
UseSystemCursor Off | On Off: Cursor images taken from FM (fmres.dll)
On: Most cursor images taken from OS
5.5 ---
VisualCaretMovement On | Off RTL support: see note 29 13 ---
WMFPrintOption ??? Set this flag to 2 to convert wmf (16-bit version) to emf (32-bit version, device independent) during printing. ??? ---
WrappedPlugins DLX   6.0 8
Zoom 25, 50, 80, 100, 120, 140, 150, 160, 200, 400 | 28, 36, 50, 74, 90, 125, 200, 353, 500, 1000 Zoom factor settings (25 … 1600 are valid) | My favourite settings for A4 paper (353: 1 pix = 0.1mm) 5.5 ---
ZoomScale [user only]   Structure window zoom value. 11 ---

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This section is new with FM-10 and is replaced with FM-11 by sections DctmPreferences and SpPrefrences. In FM-10 the following entries were present:
OverwriteObjectOnUpload=On; OverwriteObjectAsVersion=0; ShowHiddenObjects=Off; ShowPrivateCabinets=Off; DfsSdkPath=

[To top/bottom of page] [Directories]

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
AlwaysOnTopPaletteDir not set | fminit\plugins\toolbox\palette See note 07 4.0 ---
Clipart clipart FM files with clipart made with FM-graphic tools 4.0 ---
ColorLib fminit\Color Color library files. These files are read in at startup and appear in the Color Libraries pop-up menu in the Color Definitions dialog box. 5.5 ---
FilterDllDir filters Filters installed on the system. 3.0 8 ???
FontDir fminit\fonts Adobe font files. Until FM-9 these were only Asian fonts. 5.5 ---
FontDirCache fminit\fonts\.cache File with information about the fonts in FontDir. For example, the real font name in lieu of the font file name. 5.5 ---
HelpDir help Files for the local Help system; See note 19 3.0 8
IndexSortDir fminit\indexsort Files for Asian index sorting 5.5 ---
LanguageDir dict Language-specific files, such as hyphenation settings and language dictionaries for spell-checking 3.0 8 ???
OnlineManuals OnlineManuals | Documents PDFs and Help files; Starting with FM-9 the name is Documents. Starting with FM-10 it only contains the subdirectory sgmlerrs which contains FM-documents listing SGML errors . 4.0 10
OpenDirOnStart - Specifies which folder should initially appear in the Open dialog box. On exit this setting is updated to the folder from which you last opened a document. 3.0 ---
PaletteDir fminit\maker Location of template browsers. See note 07 4.0 ---
PaletteDirStructure   See note 07 5.5 ---
ReleaseNotes relnotes Release notes 4.0 6
Samples samples Document samples 4.0 ---
SgmlDir sgml Location of SGML applications for Structured FM ??? ---
StructureDir structure Path of the FrameMaker Structured directory, which contains SGML application, XML Applications, DITA applications and default read/write rule files. ??? ---
TemplateDir template | D:\_doc-std\Frame Standard templates that come with the product, except the ones for custom documents and text files. 3.0 ---
Templates templates Sample FrameMaker templates 4.0 ---
UnicodeDir fminit\unicode Unicode files that are used to support Asian text in Acrobat bookmarks and other Acrobat features. Do not change! 5.5 ---
XmlDir xml Location of XML applications for Structured FM ??? ---

[To top/bottom of page] [Files]

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
AlternateResources fminit\fmcustom.dll Define dialog boxes, menus, error messages, and other resources. See note 08 4.0 ---
AsciiTemplate fminit\txttmplt Template file for text files. There are additional files (txttmplt.chs, …cht and …kor) for Asian languages. 3.0 ---
CompareDoc fminit\compare Template to generate the compare document 4.0 5.5
ConfigCommandsFile fminit\configui\cmds.cfg Commands common to all platforms. 4.0 ---
ConfigCustomUIFile minit\configui\CustomUI.cfg Menu and command customisation. See note 09 4.0 ---
ConfigMathFile fminit\configui\mathcmds.cfg Math commands (for the Equation Editor) 4.0 ---
ConfigMathFileXMLAuthor fminit\configui\XMLAuthor\WYSIWYGView\mathcmds.cfg The Math commands configuration file for FrameMaker XML Author (for the Equation Editor). 12 ---
ConfigMenuFile fminit\maker\menus.cfg Standard menus for the FrameMaker interface. Path has changed with FM-11 4.0 ---
ConfigMenuFileStructure fminit\fmstruct\menus.cfg \menus.cfg Standard menus for the Structured FrameMaker interface. Path has changed with FM-11 5.5 ---
ConfigMenuFileXMLAuthor fminit\workspaces\XMLAuthor\WYSIWYGView\menus\menus.cfg The standard menu configuration file for FrameMaker XML Author 12 ---
ConfigurationFilePath - Global file path to read XML attributes. 10 ---
CustomDoc fminit\custom Template file for new custom documents.There are additional files (custom.chs, …cht and …kor) for Asian languages. 3.0 ---
DialogResources fminit\fmdlg.dll Define dialog boxes, menus, error messages, and other resources. See note 08 4.0 ---
EPSHeader fminit\header.ps PostScript header file. Do not change this setting 3.0 ---
EquationDoc fminit\configui\equation Equations palette 3.0 ---
FirstRunOpenDoc - Document to be opened at first run after installation. Entry is cleared after that. 4.0 ???
FMFont fminit\fm5font.ttf Special text symbols like like ¶, ⟘, ⟙, ⟨, ⟩ 3.0 ---
FMSmallFont fminit\fmsmall.fon Font used in the Tools palette. Do not change this setting 3.0 ---
InsetFilePathForMissingPoster MissingPoster.bmp Default image for multimedia insets 10 ---
KeyboardMap fminit\kbmap.cfg Residuum of Windows 3.0 ??? 3.0 4.0
LayoutDoc fminit\layout ??? 4.0 5.0
MarshallingDLL afmfdk.dll List of DLLs for marshalling 5.5 ---
MathCharacterFile fminit\mathchar.cfg Defining the mathematical symbols 4.0 ---
MSWinConfigCommandsFile fminit\configui\wincmds.cfg | fminit\configui\Structured\WYSIWYGView\wincmds.cfg Windows specific commands (path has changed with FM-12) 4.0 ---
MSWinConfigCommandsFileXMLAuthor fminit\configui\XMLAuthor\WYSIWYGView\wincmds.cfg | minit\configui\XMLAuthor\WYSIWYGView\wincmds.cfg The Windows commands configuration file for FrameMaker 12 ---
PageSizesFile fminit\pagesize.cfg Defines the page sizes for the seven standard page sizes listed in the Page Sizes popup menu in the Custom Blank Paper and Page Size dialog boxes. For a new custom document, it also defines the default unit, column gap, and margin settings for each paper size.
Have not found a method to add definitions
4.0 ---
Resources fminit\fmres.dll Define dialog boxes, menus, error messages, and other resources. See note 08 3.0 ---
RunWrappedPlugin fmrnclnt.exe Wrapper for wrapped plugin 6.0 > 10
SiteDictionary dict\site.dct | D:\_doc-std\Frame\ddd-site.dct Site wide dictionary. See note 02 | My setting 3.0 10
StructTemplateBrowserDoc fminit\maker\tmpltbrw_s Template browser for structured documents, an FM palette 7.1 ---
TemplateBrowserDoc fminit\maker\tmpltbrw Template browser for unstructured document, a FM palette 4.0 ---
ThesaurusDoc fminit\thesaurus Thesaurus dialog box, an FM template 4.0 ---
ToolBarIniFile minit\configui\FMToolbr.ini Defining the layout of the QuickAccess and formatting bars and the tool tips (which may be changed) 4.0 9
ToolBarXMLFile fminit\toolbars\fmtoolbar.xml | fminit\workspaces\structured\toolbars\fmtoolbar.xml | fminit\workspaces\structured\WYSIWYGView\toolbars\fmtoolbar.xml List of available tool bars for the current work space. This replaces the old ToolBarIniFile definition (path has changed with FM-11 and again in FM-12).. See note 16 9 ---
ToolBarXMLFileXMLAuthor fminit\workspaces\XMLAuthor\WYSIWYGView\toolbars\fmtoolbar.xml The toolbar configuration file for FrameMaker 12 ---
TransformationFilePath -

Default global transformations. Custom transformations can be loaded from XML files. See menu XSLT > Manage Transformations...

11 ---
UserDictionary D:\_DOC-STD\Frame\ddd_e.dct User's or project related dictionary. See note 02 3.0 10
VerticalQuickAccessBar fminit\vertqab Vertical QuickAccess bar, a FM palette 4.0 9

[RecentlyVisitedFiles]

This section was introduced with FM-4. Starting with FM-7 this section is only used in maker.ini of the user area. Only the last 5 opened files are listed here, for example:

0=H:\Adobe\framemaker.4en\SAMPLES\BOOK\RESPONSE.DOC … 4=H:\Adobe\framemaker.4en\SAMPLES\PSCRIPT\SEFFECTS

[To top/bottom of page] [Spelling]

All of these settings are the defaults for the spell checking dialogue, which changes the settings in maker.ini..

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
AdobeLinguisticsPath fminit\Linguistics\7.0

Directory path to the FM linguistics folder.

Until FM-11 dictionaries (user, doc, site) where kept in %appdata%\Adobe\Linguistics (not mentioned in maker.ini)

12 ---
FindExtraSpaces On | Off Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options 3.0 ---
FindRepeatedWords On | Off Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options 3.0 ---
FindSpaceAfter On $([{\xC7\xD2\xD4\xDC\xE2\xE3 List of symbols. Watch the blank after On/Off
Until FM-4 Off (with no list) was default.
Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options
3.0 ---
FindSpaceBefore On !%),.:;?]}\xC8\xD3\xD5\xDD List of symbols. Watch the blank after On/Off
Until FM-4 Off (with no list) was default.
Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options
3.0 ---
FindStraightQuotes On | Off Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options 3.0 ---
FindTwoInARow On !,.:;? List of symbols. Watch the blank after On/Off
Until FM-4 Off (with no list) was default.
Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options
3.0 ---
FindUnusualCap Off |On Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options 3.0 ---
FindUnusualHyphenation Off |On Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options 3.0 ---
IgnoreAllCaps On | Off Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options 3.0 ---
IgnoreRomanNumerals Off |On Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options 3.0 ---
IgnoreSingleCharWords On | Off Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options 3.0 ---
IgnoreWordsContaining On . . List of symbols. Watch the blank after On/Off
Until FM-4 Off (with no list) was default.
Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options
   
IgnoreWordsWithDigits On | Off Preferences > Spelling > Spelling Options 3.0 ---
SiteDictModifiedTime timestamp

Last modified time of site dictionary.

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe

??? ---
SmartQuotes \xd4\xd5\xd2\xd3 left single, right single, left double, right double quote. See note 03 3.0 ---
UserDictModifiedTime timestamp

Last modified time of user dictionary.

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe

??? ---

[To top/bottom of page] [StructureView]

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
AlwaysStayOnTop On Structure view window 7.1 ---
AttrAllSym - Symbol in the display of attributes 7.1 ---
AttrErrSym x Symbol in the display of attributes 7.1 ---
AttrFont Arial Font property for List of attributes 7.1 ---
AttrNoneSym + Symbol in the display of attributes 7.1 ---
AttrSepSym = Symbol in the display of attributes 7.1 ---
AttrSize 10 Font property for List of attributes 7.1 ---
AttrSomeSym + Symbol in the display of attributes 7.1 ---
AttrValFont Arial Font property for List of attributes 7.1 ---
AttrValidate On | Off Validate attribute 7.1 ---
AttrValSize 10 Font property for List of attributes 7.1 ---
CollapseSym - Symbol in the display of attributes 7.1 ---
ElemFont Arial Font property for List of elements in structure window 7.1 ---
ElemFontJapanese MS Gothic Font property for List of elements in structure window 7.1 ---
ElemFontKorean Dotum Font property for List of elements in structure window 7.1 ---
ElemFontSimplifiedChinese SimHei Font property for List of elements in structure window 7.1 ---
ElemFontTraditionalChinese MingLiU Font property for List of elements in structure window 7.1 ---
ElemSize 10 Font property for List of elements in structure window 7.1 ---
ExpandSym + Symbol in the display of attributes 7.1 ---
KeywordFont Arial ??? 7.1 ---
KeywordSize 10 ??? 7.1 ---
Origin 24, 24 Starting point from where structure tree would be shown in the structure window. 7.1 ---
Position 360, 144, 376, 272 Coordinates of the structure window. 7.1 ---
SnipFont Arial Font family of text snippet dispayed for text nodes in the structure window. 7.1 ---
SnipPos 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24 Starting point coordinates from where text snippet would be displayed in the struct window. 7.1 ---
SnipSize 10 Font size of text snippet dispayed for text nodes in the struct window. 7.1 ---
TagFont Arial Font family of text used in tags of structure window. 7.1 ---
TagSize 10 Font size of text used in tags of struct window tags. 7.1 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [CMSFavourites]

These settings where used in FM-10 and have been seaparated to [DctmPreferences] and [SpPreferences] with FM-11

[To top/bottom of page] [DctmPreferences]

These are related to the Content Management System (CMS) Documentum.

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
DctmOverwriteObjectAsVersion 0 | 1 | 2

Only if DctmOverwriteObjectOnUpload is set to Off, this flag is relevant:
0: The file is uploaded as the same version.
1: The file is uploaded as major version.
2: The file is uploaded as minor version

10 ---
DctmOverwriteObjectOnUpload On | Off On: when you upload a file, Documentum® overwrites the server copy. If this flag is set to
Off: Documentum® creates versions and does not overwrite the copy
10 ---
DfsSdkPath file path Specify a path for the DFS SDK 10 ---
ShowHiddenObjects Off |On On: FM displays the hidden objects in the tree view 10 ---
ShowPrivateCabinets Off |On On: FM displays the private cabinets in the tree view 10 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [SpPreferences]

These are related to the Content Management System (CMS) SharePoint

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
Null list of custom attributes List of custom attributes, attribute data types, and attribute types for SharePoint. 12 ---
SpOverwriteObjectAsVersion 1 | 2 Only if SpOverwriteObjectOnUpload is set to Off, this flag is relevant.:
1: The file is uploaded as major version.
2: The file is uploaded as minor version
10 ---
SpOverwriteObjectOnUpload On | Off On; when you upload a file, Sharepoint overwrites the server copy. If this flag is set to
Off: Sharepoint creates versions and does not overwrite the copy
10 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [DropBoxPreferences]

See Preferences > Global > DropBox.

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
CreateFolderStructureInDropBox Off |On

Allow user to define a folder structure to push all dependent files into Dropbox folder

12 ---
DefaultDropBoxFolder - | D:\_NET_INF\Dropbox\FM-stuff Set the default Dropbox folder 12 ---
DisableWarningWhileMovingFromDropBox Off |On

Disable alerts that display when you delete files from disk, while moving to Dropbox folder

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe

12 ---
RemoveFileWhileMovingFromDropBox Off |On Delete files from disk after the files are uploaded to Dropbox folder 12 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [DitaExchangePreferences]

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
DitaExchangeOverwriteObjectAsVersion 1 Relevant only if DitaExchangeOverwriteObjectOnUpload is set to Off
1: The file is uploaded as major version.
2: The file is uploaded as minor version.
13 ---
DitaExchangeOverwriteObjectOnUpload On | Off

On: when you upload a file, DITA Exchange overwrites the server copy.
Off: Dita Exchange creates versions and does not overwrite the copy.

13 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [SpellingProviderPreferences]

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe: Entry WinSoft is not documented.

Variable Value (example according to the settings in menu Preferences) Remarks FM-version
new obs.
Hunspell US English, Deutsch, Schweizerdeutsch, Français, Español, Catalá, Italiano, Português, Português do Brasil, Dansk, Norsk, Nynorsk, Svenska, Deutsch (neu), Schweizerdeutsch (neu), Nederlands (nieuw), Ελληνικά, русский, čeština, polski, magyar, Türkçe, slovenčina, Slovenščina, български, Hrvatski, eesti, latviešu, lietuvi, Română, Languages assigened to this spelling dictionary provider
Preferences > Spelling > Providers
11 ---
Proximity UK English, Canadien Français, Nederlands, Suomi, Languages assigened to this spelling dictionary provider
Preferences > Spelling > Providers
11 ---
WinSoft None Languages assigened to this spelling dictionary provider
Preferences > Spelling > Providers
13 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [HyphenationProviderPreferences]

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe: Entry WinSoft is not documented.

Variable Value (example according to the settings in menu Preferences) Remarks FM-version
new obs.
Hunspell US English, Deutsch, Schweizerdeutsch, Français, Canadien Français, Español, Catalá, Italiano, Português, Português do Brasil, Dansk, Nederlands, Norsk, Nynorsk, Suomi, Svenska, Deutsch (neu), Schweizerdeutsch (neu), Nederlands (nieuw), Ελληνικά, русский, čeština, polski, magyar, Türkçe, slovenčina, Slovenščina, български, Hrvatski, eesti, latviešu, lietuvi, Română Languages assigened to this hyphenation dictionary provider
Preferences > Spelling > Providers
11 ---
Proximity UK English Languages assigened to this hyphenation dictionary provider
Preferences > Spelling > Providers
11 ---
WinSoft עברית Languages assigened to this hyphenation dictionary provider
Preferences > Spelling > Providers
13 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [ThesaurusProviderPreferences]

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe: Entry Hunspell and WinSoft is not documented.

Variable Value (example according to the settings in menu Preferences) Remarks FM-version
new obs.
Hunspell None Languages assigened to this thesaurs provider
Preferences > Spelling > Providers
11 ---
Proximity US English, UK English, Schweizerdeutsch, Français, Canadien Français, Español, Italiano, Dansk, Norsk, Svenska, Deutsch (neu), Schweizerdeutsch (neu), Nederlands (nieuw), Languages assigened to this thesaurs provider
Preferences > Spelling > Providers
11 ---
WinSoft None Languages assigened to this thesaurs provider
Preferences > Spelling > Providers
13 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [Dashpatterns]

Variable Defaults Remarks FM-version
new obs.
1 Dash, 8, 6 Only 8 patterns may be defined.
Their names (Dash, Phantom, …) may be arbitrary using alphanumeric symbols only. The name must not contain blanks.
The pattern starts with dash-lenght, followed gap-lenght etc.
The length units is 1pt and depends for large line thicknesses also on the pattern.
If a dash pattern setting contains an odd number of segment lengths, the last dash value is repeated for the final gap.
4.0 ---
2 Hidden, 4 4.0 ---
3 Longdash, 16, 10 4.0 ---
4 Dot, 2, 4 4.0 ---
5 Dash-Dot, 12, 6, 2, 6 4.0 ---
6 Dash-Dot-Dot, 12, 6, 2, 6, 2, 6 4.0 ---
7 Chain, 12, 6, 6, 6 4.0 ---
8 Phantom, 20, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6 4.0 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [DialogLayout]

x-value is measured from the left, y-value from top of the screen [pixel]. 0, 20 is the default location for yet unused (unopened) windows.

Variable Value (examples) Remarks FM-version
new obs.
BookKit 0, 0   3.0 6.0
CCatalog 500, 220, 130, 180 Character catalogue: x-pos, y-pos, width, height 3.0 ---
CFormat 0, 20   3.0 ---
CondText 0, 20   3.0 ---
ConsoleWin [user only] 2, -32000, -32000, -1, -1, 0, 0, 640, 408 See Note 27 Do not modify 4.0 ---
ECatalog 500, 50, 130, 350   7.1 ---
Equation [user only] 0, 20 Equations palette: x-pos, y-pos 3.0 ---
Help 0, 20 Help format changed often: ; See note 19 3.0 8
Hypertext 0, 20   5.5 ---
Layout 0 20   4.0 5.0
MakerWin [user only] 3, -32000, -32000, -1, -1, 1920, 0, 2914, 794 See Note 27 4.0 ---
Markers 0, 20   3.0 ---
Numbering 0, 20 Numering dialogue: x-pos, y-pos 6.0 ---
PCatalog 500, 40, 130, 180 Paragraph catalogue: x-pos, y-pos, width, height 3.0 ---
PFormat 0, 20   3.0 ---
RMViewLeftDocked [internal] 0, 20 ??? 12.0 ---
Ruling 0, 20   3.0 ---
Search 0, 20   3.0 ---
Spell 0, 20   3.0 ---
StructureWindowDoc fminit\fmstruct\strwin Template for structure window ??? ---
Table 0, 20 Table catalogue: x-pos, y-pos 3.0 10 ?
TemplateBrowser [user only] 0, 20 Template browser palette: x-pos, y-pos 4.0 ---
Thesaurus [user only] 0, 20 Thesaurus palette: x-pos, y-pos 4.0 ---
Tools 0, 20 ??? which tools ? 3.0 10 ?
VQuickAccessBar 0, 20 Vertical tool bar position 4.0 8.0

x-value is measured from the left, y-value from top of the screen [pixel]. 0, 20 is the default location for yet unused (unopened) windows.

[To top/bottom of page] [Markers]

Variable Value (examples) Remarks FM-version
new obs.
0 Header/Footer $1

Values 0 … 10 and 18 are predefined and can not be renamed.

Starting with FM-5.5 values 0 … 25 were integrated into the Marker dialogue..

3.0 5.5
1 Header/Footer $2
2 Index
3 Comment
4 Subject
5 Author
6 Glossary
7 Equation
8 Hypertext
9 Cross-Ref
10 Conditional Text
11 … 25 Type 11 … Type 25 These marker types could be renamed.
Starting with FM-5.5 custom markers were integrated into the marker dialogue
3.0 5.5
18 GlossaryTerm Predefined marker type 12 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [ViewClients]

Definition syntax: [internal,plugin], [structured,unstructured,all ], description, [dllpath,null], iconName
To disable a view in FrameMaker, use a semicolon to comment out the relevant line.

Variable (examples only) Example definitions Remarks FM-version
new obs.
Author View internal,structured,author view,null,PL_SwitchToAV

Meaning of parameters:

  1. whether the view is an internal one or plug-in based
  2. view is relevant to Structured or Unstructured FM (All = both). The third entry specifies the
  3. name of the view. The fourth entry
  4. specifies the DLL file for the plug-in. If the view is an internal one,this entry is null. The fifth
  5. and the last entry is the name of the image file for the icon used for the view in FrameMaker.
11 ---
WYSIWYG View internal,all,wysiwyg view,null,PL_SwitchToWYSIWYG 11 ---
XML View plugin,structured,xml view,FMXmlView.dll,PL_SwitchToXmlView 11 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [XSLTProcessors]

Definition syntax: jar path, TransformerFactory class [, default]
- all dependent jars should be in same dir
- if default is not specified - 1st processor becomes default

For FM-12 the default was changed to XALAN.

Variable (examples only) Example definitions Remarks FM-version
new obs.
SAXON fminit\XSLTProcessors\saxon\saxonhe9-3-0-5j\saxon9he.jar, net.sf.saxon.TransformerFactoryImpl, Default FM uses this path to locate the SAXON processor for XSLT processing. Suffix the path with, Default to make the SAXON processor the default processor. 11 ---
XALAN fminit\XSLTProcessors\xalan\xalan-j_2_7_1-bin\xalan.jar, org.apache.xalan.processor.TransformerFactoryImpl FM uses this path to locate the XALAN processor for XSLT processing. Suffix the path with, Default to make the XALAN processor the default processor. 11 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [APIClients]

Both plug-ins and filters are listed in tis section.

See note 35 and note 20..
The table here lists only few (recently added) API clients.

Plugin / filter name Example definitions Remarks FM-version
new obs.
Adobe CQ Standard, Adobe CQ, FMCQ-Client.dll, all Adobe Web Content Management 12 ---
ClickPrint Standard, Print Online Manuals, fminit\clickprt.dll, all   4.0 ---
Dita OT Standard, DITA OT client for DITA, fminit\openToolkit.dll, structured   12 ---
Externalize Standard, Externalize Insets, fminit\Externalize.dll, all   12 ---
FileDownload Standard, Generic File Download Client, fminit\FileDownload.dll, all Helper appl. for the CMS' 12 ---
FMPublisher Standard, Publish FrameMaker Documents, fminit\Publisher\FMPublisher.dll, all Publishin multiple formats (ePub, MS, HTMLhelp, Kindle, WebHelp, 12 ---
Microsoft Word TextImport, WORD, WORD, ADBI, Microsoft Word, WORD Import, filters\ImportUtility.dll, all, ^.doc   4.0 ---
qrcode Standard, QR code generator for Framemaker, fminit\fmqrcode.dll, all Generate QR codes 12 ---
RoboHelpPublish Standard, Client for publishing help formats, fminit\RoboHelpPublish.dll, all Connection to RoboHelp for publishing various forms
Since FM-12 the function is built in.
11 12
ScriptingSupport Standard, ExtendScript client for FrameMaker, fminit\FrameMakerScriptingSupport.dll, all   10 ---
u3dfilter Standard, U3D File import filter, filters\u3dfilter.dll,all   11 ---
WordCount DocReport,Count the number of words in a document,fminit\wordcnt.dll   4.0 ---

See also note 20 and note 35.

[To top/bottom of page] [Thermometers]

Colours for progress bars, such as while printing or creating PDF. They are rarely noticed.

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
ThermoDoneColor 255, 0, 255 magenta 4.0 ---
ThermoRemainingColor 192, 192, 192 light gray 4.0 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [DocCompare]

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
AddChangeBars On | Off Whether change bars are added to the composite document 4.0 ---
CompareAttributesForElements On | Off For structured documents only: whether to compare element's attributes also. 10 ---
CreateSummaryOnly Off | On Off: Create summary and composite document
On: Create a summary document only
4.0 ---
DeleteConditionTag Deleted | any other condition tag Delete the marked text | Replacement for deleted text. 4.0 ---
DeleteReplacementText ^ | any replacement text Replacement text to be defined for MarkDeletedText = ReplacementText 4.0 ---
InsertConditionTag Inserted | any other condition tag Condition tag for MarkInsertedText = ConditionTag 4.0 ---
InsertHyperTextLinks On | Off Whether hypertext links are added to the summary document 4.0 ---
MarkDeletedText ConditionDeleted | ConditionTag | ReplacementText Standard delete condition | custom condition | with replacement text 4.0 ---
MarkInsertedText ConditionInserted | ConditionTag | Nothing Standard inserted condition | custom condition | - 4.0 ---
ThresholdFactor 75 Controls when to mark an entire paragraph or table cell as changed.
75: an entire paragraph is marked as changed if 75% or more of the words are changed.
4.0 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [BannerText]

Banner Text provides a clickable label text in newly inserted elements to help guide the author as to the type of content to place in an element.

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
BannerTextBKColor GrayVeryLight Background colour 11 ---
BannerTextFontAngle Italic   11 ---
BannerTextFontFamily   Font family of the banner text in the display. It has no default 11 ---
BannerTextFontVariation Regular   11 ---
BannerTextFontWeight Regular up to fm-12 default was bold 11 ---
RedisplayBannerTextForEmptyElements On | Off Determines whether the banner text gets redisplayed after it is deleted once.
On: banner text always shows up for empty elements.
Off: banner text doesn't show up after deleting it or reopening the file after saving it.
11 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [Fonts]

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
Angles Regular, Kursiv, Slanted, Oblique, Italic, Obliqued Definition of the font vocabulary: a list of the words.
If any other font angle is specified, FM uses Italic.
3.0 ---
AtmFontAutoActivation [internal] On | Off

See note 11

5.0 ---
AtmFontSubstitution [internal] Off |On

See note 12

5.0 ---
BannerFont Arial

Font used for banner (splash) screen

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe

5.5 9
DefaultAngle Regular Default used to map unknown font 3.0 ---
DefaultFamily Times, Times New Roman, Tms Rmn Default used to map unknown fonts, can be a list 3.0 ---
DefaultJapaneseDialogFont MS Pゴシック, 9 For dialogues on Asian systems with non-Asian resources 5.5 ---
DefaultJapaneseFamily MS 明朝 Japanese font in JIS X 0212-1990 Shift-JIS 5.5 ---
DefaultKoreanDialogFont System, 10 For dialogues on Asian systems with none-Asian resources 5.5 ---
DefaultKoreanFamily 바탕 Korean font in KS C 5601-1987 5.5 ---
DefaultSimplifiedChineseDialogFont System, 10 For dialogues on Asian systems with none-Asian resources 5.5 ---
DefaultSimplifiedChineseFamily 宋体 Simplified Chinese font in GB 2312-80 5.5 ---
DefaultSize 12 Default used to map unknown font 3.0 ---
DefaultTraditionalChineseDialogFont System, 10 For dialogs on Asian systems with none-Asian resources 5.5 ---
DefaultTraditionalChineseFamily 細明體 Traditional Chinese font in Big5 5.5 ---
DefaultVariation Regular Default used to map unknown font 3.0 ---
DefaultWeight Regular Default used to map unknown font 3.0 ---
DisplayUsingPrinterMetrics Off |On

See section Preferences. See note 10

5.0 8
MathFamily Symbol Font family used for FrameMath (Equation Editor) 3.0 ---
NonTextFamilies ZapfDingbats, Symbol, WingDings, Monotype Sorts, Euro Monospace, Euro Sans, Euro Serif Font families that will not be spell checked
Items on second line came in with FM-5.5
3.0 ---
Sizes 7pt, 8pt, 9pt, 10pt, 11pt, 12pt, 14pt, 18pt, 24pt, 36pt Sizes which will appear in the Format dialog boxes (values must be 2pt … 400pt). The list may be extended 3.0 ---
UiCalcFont MS Sans Serif, 8, 600 Font information used for UI calculations (size of pop-up menus) 5.5 ---
Variations UltraCompressed, ExtraCompressed, Compressed, Condensed, Narrow, Regular, Wide, Poster, Expanded Definition of the font vocabulary: a list of the words. 3.0 ---
Weights Thin 100, ExtraLight 200, SemiLight 250, Light 300, Book 300, Regular 400, SemiBold 600, DemiBold 600, Bold 700, ExtraBold 800, Heavy 900, Bolded 700 Definition of the font vocabulary: list of words and the associated weight for Windows, if the font comes from another platform.
Value Bolded 700 was introduced by FM-5.5
3.0 ---

The entries "Mapping for Virtual Fonts" have been removed by FM-9.0.3 (9.0p250)

Japanese font sets have changed with FM-9 again.

[To top/bottom of page] FontAngleAliases

Windows fonts use different font angles even when font names are the same as on other platforms. These settings assign angles used on other platforms to Windows angles.

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
Obliqued Oblique Angle aliases used when reading documents from other platforms (basically synonyms used when reading a document). See note 13 3.0 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [FontWeightAliases]

Windows fonts use different font weights, even when font names are the same as on other platforms. These settings assign weights used on other platforms to Windows weights.

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
Bolded Bold Weight alias used when reading documents from other platforms (basically synonyms used when reading a document). See note 13 3.0 ---
Demi DemiBold Weight alias used when reading documents from other platforms (basically synonyms used when reading a document). See note 13 3.0 ---
Medium Regular Weight alias used when reading documents from other platforms (basically synonyms used when reading a document). See note 13 3.0 ---
Roman Regular Weight alias used when reading documents from other platforms (basically synonyms used when reading a document). See note 13 3.0 ---
Semi SemiBold Weight alias used when reading documents from other platforms (basically synonyms used when reading a document). See note 13 3.0 ---

[To top/bottom of page] [WindowsToFrameFontAliases]

This section exists since FM version 3.0.

See note 32.

[To top/bottom of page] [UnknownToKnownFontMap]

See note 33.

This section exists since FM version 3.0.

[To top/bottom of page] [FormatList]

This section was introduced by FM-5.
See note 34.

[To top/bottom of page] [Export]

This section first appeared in FM-4. After that the function was implemented in the Save As … function.

Syntax definitiOn: n=<UI-name> <clipboard-name> <type> <via: executable in-fmt out-fmt ...>

Variable Default / Option Remarks FM-version
new obs.
1 "Rich Text Format (RTF)" "RTF" DOCUMENT W4W42F.DLL MIF MSI W4W19T.DLL MSI RTF   4.0 5.0

[To top/bottom of page] [Filters]

2016-01-15: Clarification requested from Adobe: section not documented at all.

This section contains settings for identifying foreign file formats, export filters, and import filters. FrameMaker provides these settings when you install filters. Newer installations (FM 9 onwards) do not allow to install selectively. If you want to change any of the settings, install the filters again. Do not edit the settings manually in maker.ini.

See note 36.
With FM-8 many filters were completely replaced.. See also note 20.

Variable Definition Remarks FM-version
new obs.
1

"CDR " IMAG CDR FrameVector GFXImport "Corel Draw" IMAGMARK.DLL ^.cdr

  5.5 ---
3

format vend src dst type        descr via       extension

"DIB " FRAM DIB DIB FMGFXImport "DIB" Frame.exe ^.bmp

Explanation of the defintion-parts 5.5 ---
307 "0602" AW4W MIF WordPerfect ExportFilter "WordPerfect Mac 3.5" aw4w.xxx ^.wp   5.5 ---

[To top/bottom of page] Notes

  1. With the development of Windows the clipboard formats changed:
    FM-3 OLE, META, DIB, BMP, TIFF, FrameTable, RTF, TEXT
    FM-4 OLE, META, DIB, BMP, MIF, RTF, TEXT
    FM-5 … FM-7 FILE, OLE 2, EMF, META, DIB, BMP, MIF, RTF, TEXT
    FM-8 … FM-9 FILE, OLE 2, EMF, META, DIB, BMP, MIFW, MIF, RTF, UNICODE TEXT, TEXT
    FM-10 … FILE, MIFW, MIF, RTF, OLE 2, META, EMF, DIB, BMP, UNICODE TEXT, TEXT
    The setting in FM-10 is in the right direction to avoid insertion of OLE objects with standard paste (RTF is before OLE), but most time you want the plain text with no formatting. For this change the order in this list to: UNICODE TEXT, TEXT, RTF, MIF, MIFW, EMF, META, DIB, BMP, FILE, OLE 2
  2. With FM-9 the dictionaries became shared with other Adobe Applications and are now in User-area\Adobe\Linguistics\Dictionaries. The mechanism to integrate user dictionaries is not that clear dispite the Adobe blog entry.
  3. The following quotation marks are defined for the languages given. Only one may be active (not commented out).
    Even with new languages added in FM-9 and later this list has not been amended - and the function not been enhanced (e.g. to automatically switch depending on language attribute).
    ;English       '   '   "   " 
      SmartQuotes=\xd4\xd5\xd2\xd3
    ;German        ‚   '   "   "
    ; SmartQuotes=\xe2\xd4\xe3\xd2
    ;French        ‹   ›   «   »
    ; SmartQuotes=\xdc\xdd\xc7\xc8
    ;Swedish/Finn. '   '   "   "
    ; SmartQuotes=\xd5\xd5\xd3\xd3
    ;Italian       '   '   "   "
    ; SmartQuotes=\xd4\xd5\xd2\xd
  4. There are a pair of settings for each of these items so that both inches and centimetres can be specified. The values that FrameMaker uses depend on the measurement system specified in the Number tab of the Regional Settings Control Panel in Windows. The unit of measure (in, cm) must be noted at the value.
  5. When using a Language specific keyboard (Windows platform), the Right Alt-key (AltGr) triggers specific accented characters in the selected input language. The CtrlAltIsAltGr setting simply adds this facility to using the ctrl + alt keys together. This is useful in the case of no right-alt key being available on say a notebook keyboard. Without the ON setting some short cuts CTRL+ALT+x do not work properly.
  6. Typing text in Asian fonts is accomplished via a special input device. FrameMaker can recognize when you are typing an Asian font and invoke this device automatically. By default, this is set to On. If you set this to Off, you must use the appropriate command to invoke the input device.
  7. PaletteDir, PaletteDirStructure, and AlwaysOnTopPaletteDir specify palette folders. The values for these settings are a list of folder names, separated by commas. When you store a document in one of these folders, FrameMaker treats it as a palette (such as the Tools palette or Equations palette). Palettes in AlwaysOnTopPaletteDir always float in front of documents.
  8. See for example Tool bar resources for FM ≤ 8 and Tool bar resources in FrameMaker 10
  9. ConfigCustomUIFile specifies the file that contains additional custom menus or changes to existing menus or commands that you have added. The default file for this setting is customui.cfg. You can either add your menu customizations to this file, or create your own file and put its path and filename in this setting.
  10. FrameMaker always uses printer font metrics to calculate where line breaks and page breaks occur. However, by default (before FM_8), the relative position of each character within a line is displayed on the screen using screen font metrics. This "looks" better on the screen but is misleading in that the positions of characters within a line on a printed page may be different than on a displayed page. In particular, if you are trying to position a graphic relative to a character in a line, you should change this setting to "On" which results in the use of printer font metrics when displaying lines.
  11. AtmFontAutoActivation determines whether font sets in Adobe Type Manager Deluxe 4.x will be automatically activated. This means that if you open a document that uses a font that is installed on your computer but is not in a font set that's currently active, the font set will be activated automatically. The otherwise inactive font is displayed and prints correctly, but it does not appear in font menus.
  12. AtmFontSubstitution determines whether ATM Deluxe will create a stand-in font for one that is missing by simulating the shape and spacing of the missing font. The simulated font will not be an exact match but will preserve line breaks and the general look of the uninstalled font. Font substitution may delay displaying a document on slower computers or if there are many fonts that must be substituted.
  13. Windows fonts use different font angles and weights, even when font names are the same as on other platforms. The settings under [FontAngleAliases] and [FontWeightAliases] assign angles and weights used on other platforms to Windows angles and weights.
  14. With UseDisplayUnitInTemplate to On, the default display units for the ruler, grid, and snap are taken from the document. When set to Off, the values are taken from what in the ini file itself. This makes a difference because you may want your template users to be always working in points, but unless you set this to On, no amount of tweaking the template to only use points will assure that the users will only see points.
  15. When you use the Fit Windows® to Text Frame option in the Zoom pop-up menuand then change the zoom level, this flag determines whether the window resizes to fit the changed zoom level or not. When you set this flag to On and then change the zoom level, FrameMaker does not resize the document window.
  16. See details at blogs.adobe.com. The file fmcustom.dll got many new icons. An additional resource file (owlres.dll) is not mentioned in maker.ini.
  17. If the value is On, the file name in the document or book window title is shown in the format filename pathname. This format is also used to display the file name in the dialog that lists all open files. By default the value is set to Off, the line is marked as a comment, and the file name is displayed in the format pathname filename, as previously.
  18. When you import an image, it is stored as a temporary file on the local computer. If you import the same file again, the file is not downloaded. If you modify the file after importing it into FrameMaker, the modifications will not take effect until you delete the temporary file and import the graphic again into the FrameMaker document, or set the value of the AlwaysDownloadURL flag to On. However, if you copy the FrameMaker document containing the imported graphic to another computer, the file is downloaded again when you import it by specifying the HTTP file path.
    When you import a graphic into a structured document by specifying an HTTP path, the graphic is downloaded each time you import the graphic. The graphic's HTTP path is retained when the document is saved as an XML document.
    To avoid having to delete the temporary file, set the AlwaysDownloadURL flag to On.
  19. Help formats changed during the development of FM:
    FM-3 ???
    FM-4 FM-4 view only file with help.api (about 65 files)
    FM-5 FM-5 view only file (about 50 files)
    FM-6 Windows Help file (1 file)
    FM-7 HTML-help (about 1250 html files)
    FM-8 Windows compiled HTML help (1 chm file)
    FM-9 … NO local help file any more. Menu Help invokes a link to Adobe Online Help
  20. Number of APIs and Filters have significantly changed over time:
    Number of… FM-3 FM-4 FM-5 FM 5.5 FM-6 FM-7 FM-8 FM-9 FM-10 FM-11 FM-12 FM-13
    API's 0 2 6 10 9 44 55 45 69 82 87 76
    Filters 71 39 27 78 78 78 47 48 70 73 73 74
    Lines in maker.ini including. comments 378 448 501 638 660 ~ 745 805 842 911 963 992 1020
    Size of maker.exe [MB]   2.9     3.8 4.6 7.6 9.6 9.3 9.7 10.3 12.0
    Size of installation directory [MB] en   18.8     96.5 220…300 769 612 638 746 1620 1738
    FM-11 indtruced Views which moved this enty into AuthorView.ini (section General) and/or XmlCodeView.ini (section General)
    FM-12 introduced ...
    FM-13 introduced bidirectional language support and
  21. Most library colours contain a CMYK value and an RGB value. The CMYK value is used for printing and the RGB value is used for screen display. The 4 options are:
    Printing&Screen: This is the FrameMaker 5.x behaviour. It will display and print the converted RGB value.
    None: This is the FrameMaker 5.5 behaviour. It will display and print the RGB value produced by the colour library.
    Printing: This is the default in FrameMaker since version 5.5.6. It will display the RGB value produced by the colour library and print the converted RGB.
    Screen: This displays the converted RGB and prints the RGB values from the library.
  22. With FM-11 Views were introduced which moved this enty into AuthorView.ini (section General) and/or XmlCodeView.ini (section General).
  23. When FrameMaker was first developed, placed graphics needed a screen representation within the document to facilitate placement. However, if your choice of imported formats (like AI and PDF files) doesn't require generating those images then you can trim the size of your files by turning off the flag for producing facets for placed images. You now have the choice of removing graphic facets from imported files, which has the net effect of reducing your FrameMaker file size.
  24. If you wish to roundtrip to applications such as Visio files and PowerPoint, you set the variable to ON. This lets you see the direct reference to the file in the XML View, and double-clicking on the placed image in FrameMaker will open up the graphic in the appropriate application. If other applications should be supported for OLE, add them to the [Filters] section of maker.ini according to these examples: rt 54="pptx" OLE2 OLE2 OLE2 FMGFXImport "pptx" frame.exe ^.pptx 55="VSD" OLE2 OLE2 OLE2 FMGFXImport "VSD" frame.exe ^.vsd
  25. Enter a value to limit the number of rows in the multimedia link table. This table is relevant when you create links to a graphic/multimedia in FM 11. It is possible for a graphic/multimedia object to have hundreds of parts. Default value for this flag is 100.
  26. Starting with FM-9 the serial numbers are no more stored/visible in maker.ini. and no more displayed in the FM About box. They are only stored in the registration server at Adobe.
  27. The values for MakerWin and ConsoleWin specify normal, minimized, and maximized positions. The first value determines which position to use: 1 for normal, 2 for minimized, 3 for maximized. The next six values are pairs of x and y offsets that specify the different window positions; the first pair specify the minimized position, the second pair specify the maximized position, and the third pair specify the normal position. The last two values are the normal window width and height.
  28. If you place an anchored frames, graphical frame, or text frame on a document and change the direction of the document, the object is vertically flipped on the document. This implies that if a object is placed 10 px from the left margin, changing the direction will cause the object to be placed 10 px from the right margin. However, the orientation of the object remains the same.
  29. Cursor movement can be logical or visual: By default, the cursor in an RTL enabled document moves right to let as your type. FrameMaker has system of a strong (primary) caret and a weak (secondary) caret. The strong caret indicates where an inserted character will be displayed when that character's direction is the same as the base direction of the text. The weak caret shows where an inserted character will be displayed when the character's direction is the opposite to the base direction.
  30. See a discussion of the issue with this type of fonts - and the solution by Adobe.
  31. Preferences > Pods > Location criteria: Example: When LocDisplayCriteria is On, LocParaStyle1=On specifies first column's title as para style's name in Pods. Default value is Heading1. This flag is relevant to Unstructured FrameMaker. For more information on Pods, see FrameMaker Help
  32. A font in Windows does not always have the same name as the comparable font on another platform. This often happens because in Windows a variation such as Narrow is part of a font family, whereas on other platforms the variation is an option independent of the font family. Moreover, Windows uses only regular and italic for angles, while some fonts on other platforms have additional angles such as oblique.
    or the interpretation of this section see Common Font Aliases for FrameMaker for Windows and Cross-platform font usage in FrameMaker
    he settings use this syntax (it must be on one line): Windows-font [angle|*], [weight|*] = Frame-font [angle|*], [weight|*], [variation|*]
  33. When you open a document that requires fonts not available on your system, an alert box appears telling you the document uses unavailable fonts. If you click OK, FrameMaker opens the document and substitutes the unavailable fonts with the fonts specified under [UnknownToKnownFontMap] in maker.ini. Initially, this section has a few lines of comments and some mappings for common Macintosh® fonts. You can change these mappings and add others.
    Note that the settings under [UnknownToKnownFontMap] map one FrameMaker font to another. This is different from [WindowsToFrameFontAliases], which assigns a FrameMaker font name to an equivalent Windows font.
    For the interpretation of this section see Common Font Aliases for FrameMaker for Windows and Cross-platform font usage in FrameMaker
    The mappings must use this syntax (it must be on one line):
    unavailable_Frame_font [angle|*], [weight|*], [variation|*] = available_Frame_font [angle|*], [weight|*], [variation|*]
    With FM-8 a number of entries were added here due to changes in font sets. For western fonts:
    Zapfdingbats, *,*= Adobe Pi Std,*,* Myriad Roman, *,*=Myriad Pro,*,* Minion, *,*=Minion Pro,*,* Garamond, *,*=Adobe Garamond Pro,*,*
    With FM-5.5 Mapping for Japanese fonts commonly used by Frame Products on non-Windows platforms where added, for example:
    HeiseiMin, *, *, *=MS 明朝, *, *, * HeiseiMin W3, *, *, *=MS 明朝, *, *, * HeiseiMincho, *, *, *=MS 明朝, *, *, *
    Starting with FM-12 provides dialogues to change fonts: View > Pods > Fonts.
  34. The following is an excerpt from the FDK Programmer's Guide under the heading Automatic recognition of a file format.
    Some graphic file formats have signature bytes. Signature bytes are a set of bytes that have a unique value and location in a part icular file format. FrameMaker can use signature bytes to identify a graphic file's format.
    The documentation for the file format that your graphics filter converts may contain information on the signature bytes for that format. If it does, you can register the signature bytes in the [FormatList] section of the maker.ini file. Each graphic file format description must be on a separate line and must have the following format: n=facet_name start_offset signature_size signature
    Parameter Explanation (you can enclose any of the arguments in double quotation marks.)
    n Any number
    facet_name File format's description (also used in the client registration). This string should match an <source-name> or <destination-name> entry in FilterList – that's how we associate an auto-recognized format with a filter.
    start_offset How many bytes from the start of the file the signature begins.
    signature_size Size in bytes of the signature.
    signature Hexadecimal value of the signature. The hex value must be started with 0x or 0X. The size of the signature must match the size of the size defined in size entry.

    For example, you can register the file format for MIF with the following:
    [FormatList] 100="MIF" 0 8 0x3c4d494646696c65 ; 0 offset ; 8 lenth of signature ; 0x3c4d494646696c65 is the hexadecimal encoding of the characters MIFFile

  35. Definition syntax normal: ClientType, description, path, mode
    ClientType may be: Standard, TakeControl, or DocReport
    Definition syntax filter: ClientType, facet, format_id, vendor_id, display_name, description, path, mode, file extension
    Client type may be: FileToFileTextImport, FileToFileGFXImport, or ExportFilter;
    Format_id is dot-extension of the file that identifies its format—for example, .rtf, .bmp, or .cgm;
    vendor_id is a four-character maximum string that identifies the vendor;
    display_neme is the name to display in dialog boxes when the user chooses the filter
    Mode can be: makers, structured, or all. This parameter was introduced with FM 7.1 (combining FM and FM+SGML into one product): maker | structured | all. It determines for which mode(s) to load this client.
  36. Syntax definition changed over the development of FM:
    FM-3 n=<source-name> <destination-name> <type> <via> <file-extension>
    FM-4 n=<UI-name> <clipboard-name> <type> <via: executable in-fmt out-fmt ...>
    FM-5 … n=<formatid><vendorid><source-name> <destination-name> <type> <description> <via> <file-extension>
    The concatenation <vendorid><filterid> is used by FM to identify filters uniquely.
    <vendorid> and <filterid> are 4-byte strings (if shorter, blank-pad on the right and enclose in "quotes".

[To top/bottom of page]AuthorView.ini

This exists only in the user area.

Variable Example definitions Remarks FM-version
new obs.
LastUsedWorkspace Blank |   11 ---

[To top/bottom of page]Ditafm.ini

Located in $HOME\fminit\ditafm and copied to the user area ??? This file was introduced with FM-8. Since then it grew from 43 to 148 lines for FM-13.
This file is not documented by Adobe, but it contains some commonts.

[To top/bottom of page]Ditafm-output.ini

Located in $HOME\fminit\ditafm and copied to the user area. This file was introduced with FM-11. The file FM-12-ditafm-output.pdf contains an excerpt from the Adobe issued documentation.

For FM-12 this file received only minor changes:
Added: CompositeDocTemplate_1.3=ditabase1.3.template.fm
Extended: ParaTags=title.0|title.1|title.2|title.3|title-index

FM-13: The list of options comprises about 30 pages which I will not repeat here.

[To top/bottom of page]XmlCodeView.ini

This exists only in the user area. These entries define the syntax highlighting in Code View with function Pretty Printing. The settings are available in menu Preferences > XML.

Variable Example definitions Remarks FM-version
new obs.
AttributeColor 255 = Red ??? 11 ---
AttributeValueColor 16711680 (hex FEFFC2)   11 ---
CDataColor 8421504 (hex 808080)   11 ---
CommentColor 32768 (hex 8000)   11 ---
DelimiterColor 16711680 (hex FEFFC2)   11 ---
ElementNameColor 128 (hex 80)   11 ---
EntityColor 255   11 ---
FontFamily Consolas   11 ---
LastUsedWorkspace Blank |   11 ---
LineNumber Yes | No   11 ---
PIColor 16711935 (hex FEFFD3)   11 ---
WordWrap No | Yes   11 ---
XMLDeclarationColor 16711935 (hex FEFFD3)   11 ---

[To top/bottom of page] MathFlowPlugin.ini

This exists only in the user area.

Variable Example definitions Remarks FM-version
new obs.
MathFlowPath H:\Adobe\framemaker.12en\AdobeFrameMaker12\MathFlow\lib\   12 ---
ClassName framemaker/mathflow/editor/FMEditorApplication   12 ---
editor structure   12 ---
licensefile     12 ---
ComposerLicense     12 ---
EulaStatus Declined     ---
fontsize 14   12 ---
dpi 300   12 ---
EnableTrialLicenseAlert Yes | N0   12 ---
InlineEquation No | Yes   12 ---
PropertiesAmbient No | Yes   12 ---
ApplyPgfFormat No | Yes   12 ---

[To top/bottom of page] ModalDialogPosition.ini

FM-13 (FrameMaker 2015) introduced a number of resizeable modal dialogs (aka pods). The last location of them is saved in this ini file. This file exists only in the user area.

Variable Example definitions Remarks FM-version
new obs.
BROWSE_DROPBOXDIR.dbre 450,487,780,689   13 ---
add_rc, bk_inconsist, bk_inconsist2, book_update, catalog_delete, changebar, charupdate, clear, condsearch, configurable_alert, crefmts, crsdisp, cut, cvttotbl, doc_custom, doc_imp_flocpy, doc_imp_floref, doc_in_use, doc_inset_dpi, doc_open_text, doc_print, doc_quit, doc_raster_dpi, doc_txt_opts, DS_EULA, edit_dicts, edit_thesaurus, fileinfo, fontsearch_tsume, importformats, ins_tab, linewidth, masterpageuse, multiswitch, new_body_tf, new_master_tf, newcharformat, newpgfformat, obj_attr, obj_dbitem, obj_designer, OPENALLFILESLV, page_addbody, page_delbody, page_gotobody, page_size, pagination, pastecol, pasterow, pgfupdate, pl_keeptweaks, prefs, ref_update, resize, rotate, rotate90, rowfmt, save_workspace, setdashed, sfm_open, tabedit, tools_scale, txt_inset_cvt, unfrozen, unknown_file, view, xref_format, xref_update, zoomfactor dbre suffix left out in this list 13 ---

[To top/bottom of page] PdfSize.ini

This file keeps the settings from Format > Document > Optimuze PDF size > Options.

Only in FM-6 this file is located in $HOME\fminit. Afterwards it is located in the user area with maker.ini.

Variable Example definitions Remarks FM-version
new obs.
CancelOnError Yes | No   6 ---
ClearOptimizationInfo No | Yes   6 ---
ForceOptimization No | Yes   6 ---
Interactive Yes | No   6 ---

OptimizeAll

Yes | No   6 ---
PromptWhenOpening Yes | No   6 ---
PromptWhenSaving All | Optimized   6 ---
SaveDirectory E:\_DDDprojects\   6 ---
TraceMode Warning | ???   6 ---

[To top/bottom of page] RestoreSession.txt

Although this file has a txt extension, it is not pure text. For example it may look like this (some characters my not be displayed):

Maker WYSIWYG VieweC:\Users\Klaus\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\FrameMaker\12\WorkSpaces\UnStructured\WYSIWYGView\Authoring.cfws*8 6 *E:\FM-specials\FM-12-tests\fm12-details.fm

[To top/bottom of page] HelpCfg.ini

This file was introduced with with FM-12 and is located in $HOME. It is actually an xml file defining items for the Help Center button in the offline help ($Home\Documents\FrameMaker.chm):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <HelpProperties> <ProductName>Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release)</ProductName> <ProductID>ADBEAAAA-1234-9876-EEEE-FAFAADBEEDBA</ProductID> <Language>en_US</Language> <OnlineUrl>http://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/2015/using/index.html</OnlineUrl> <Links title="FrameMaker Help Center"> <Link> <Name>What's New in FrameMaker</Name> <Value>http://www.adobe.com/in/products/framemaker/features.html</Value> </Link> <Link> <Name>FrameMaker Blogs</Name> <Value>http://blogs.adobe.com/techcomm/category/products/framemaker</Value> </Link> ... <Link> <Name>Feedback Form</Name> <Value>https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform&amp;product=63</Value> </Link> </Links> </HelpProperties>

[To top/bottom of page] PageSize.cfg

This file resides in $HOME/fmint and claimes to define the 7 standard page sizes listed in the Page Sizes popup menu in the Custom Blank Paper and Page Size dialogue boxes.

At least since FM-6 this file is useless. If it is renamed, or its contents changed (see example below), nothing is changed in behaviour of the default sizes. They seem to be defined by internal code.

... Replace B5 by a standard book format <Q5 <Width 17cm> <Height 24.0cm> <Gap 0.5cm> <Margins 1.7cm> >

[To top/bottom of page] MathChar.cfg

This file resides in $HOME/fmint and defines the symbols used in the Equations Editor. <MetaFamily Symbol < alpha 61 Symbol Regular> < beta 62 Symbol Regular> < chi 63 Symbol Regular> ... < bullet b7 Symbol Regular> < cross b4 Symbol Regular> < div b8 Symbol Regular> < fract a4 Symbol Regular> >

Addtional math symbols can be defined with the method described in the user guide: look for "Create and define math elements".
Prof. Karem A. Sakallah, University of Michigan developed 2002 a FrameMaker template defining additional mathematcial elements for better equivalence to LaTeX. Unfortunately the FM file has gone from the web. However I have saved the file as long as it was available: pdf and mif-11version.

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