Modified Equation Palette for FrameMaker 8 … 11 and 12 …
Why a modified equations palette?
Inside the palette
Documents
Download and installation
Deinstallation
"Standard" in this text refers to the Equations palette as installed with FrameMaker.
Note: The Enhanced Tool Bars (ETB) available for FM7.2/8, FM9…11, FM12, FM13, FM14/15 also installs this enlarged Equation Palette. If You have an ETB version installed, You do not need the installation from here.
Why a modified equations palette?
Since the introduction of the Equations palette (FM2, 1989) the size of the palette has not changed although screens became larger and denser. Hence the labels on the buttons became less and less readable. With the advent of high resolution displays this became even more a drawback. FrameMaker 12 and 13 support two sizes of tool bar icons, from FM 14 onwards three sizes are supported. The modified Equations Palette is provided in 3 sizes to serve these environments.
Standard palette  Modified palette  



Inside the palette
For the work on the palette I just used the locking mechanism and 'Save as View Only'. I have not used the special MIF commands. However, the following must be observed:
 The text frames with the hypertext commands must be in the top level (here on top of the text lines).
 After enlarging the button images line widths had to be harmonised, because due to rounding effects some lines got double width.
 Pictures must be copied, not referenced
 Before saving as View Only all view elements (borders, text symbols) must be switched off or they will appear in the palette.
 Some of the entered equations (button labels) required micro positioning to fit into the button area.
Since text elements are editable (after moving them to the foreground) it was quite easy to derive the German and french versions from the English version. I used the terminology from earlier FM versions (nothing has changed in this area for more than ten years).
Body pages
The size has been increased to about 125%. The page size is now 20.5 × 5.4 cm. The button images are 578 × 151 pixels, centred on the page.
To get a crisp appearance, character styles (to assign fonts) for texts and button images are used. On the reference pages paragraph styles are used also. The more complicated button labels use real "large equations". Due to these mechanisms the palette is about 2.5 MB compared to 0.3 MB of the standard palette.
Specific master pages
The names of the master pages correspond to the section names of the palette. The master pages contain only the image of the empty buttons. The picture shows the master page Symbols.
Button background must be RGB 198 to avoid "bleaching out" in palette display.
Information on reference pages
 The text frames use multiple columns to be able to see all lines. Compared to the standard palette reference pages have been added to get more room for the definitions.
 Matrix definitions are framed in black. The name of the flow is provided on the last line.
 Popup menus are indicated by red borders. The name of the popup menu must appear as the first paragraph.
 The numbers on the thumb nails shall help to identify the corresponding area resp. flow name.
Documents
 A somewhat detailed description of the various palettes in FrameMaker is given in this PDF.
 Shlomo Perets, 1997: Creating Your Own Toolbars in FrameMaker
 Dan Emory, 1999: FrameMaker Palettes
 Section from FM documentation on Hypertext
 The roots of the Equations palette
Download and installation
 FrameMaker may be open. However the Equations palette must not be open.
 Rename the file
\fminit\equation
toequationstandard
to keep it in case of problems.  Download the appropriate new file (FMversion, UIlanguage) from this table:
FM Version English Deutsch Français 8 equation08en equation08de equation08fr 9 equation09en equation09de equation09fr 10 equation10en equation10de equation10fr 11 equation11en equation11de equation11fr
For FM14 onwards all screen items are scaled according to the Windows scale factor. Hence You will need the larger sizes only in rare cases.
FM Version English Deutsch Français 12, 13 equationen100
equationen150equationde100
equationde150equationfr100
equationfr15014 … equationen100
equationen150
equationen200equationde100
equationde150
equationde200equationfr100
equationfr150
equationfr200  Copy the new file to the directory
\fminit
and rename it toequation
Please note that there is no file extension  and yes, it must be lower case.  Open FrameMaker if not already open and issue Special > Equation…
Notes
 Since using Unicode fonts I do not provide versions for FM < 8.
 If you have installed the wrong file version, you either get a message concerning "old version" or "although an FM file… can not open".
 If you use one of the files for ≥ FM12 in a lower FM version (e.g. in FM11), you get a huge number of messages in the FM console and of course a slow start of the palette. Besides this its function is correct.
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Deinstallation
To get your original installation, you only need the following steps:
 Close FrameMaker
 Delete the file
\fminit\equation
 Rename the file
\fminit\equationstandard
toequation
 Open FrameMaker