Adobe FrameMaker 8

Opening, saving, and printing files with fmbatch

You can open any file with fmbatch that you can open with the FrameMaker File > Open command. You must use fmbatch to open a file before you can perform any other fmbatch operations on it.

You can save an open document or a book file with the current filename and format, or you can save it with a different name or format.

Note: When you save a document with fmbatch, it does not warn you about overwriting an existing file. The overwritten file is given a .backup suffix.

You can print a file you opened with fmbatch using the file's print settings or using the print settings from a different FrameMaker document, which lets you, for example, specify one printer name for a group of documents.

If the open file you're printing is a book file, fmbatch prints the entire book. If you print a book file to a PostScript print file, fmbatch creates a single large PostScript file.

You can also use fmprint to print files. For details, see Printing with fmprint (UNIX).

To open a file with fmbatch:

In a batch file or at the fmbatch prompt, do one of the following:

To open a FrameMaker document, enter Open filename. For example, enter Open chapt1.fm

To open a text file, enter OpenTextFile type filename. The type option is one of the following.

Type option

File type

a

A line-oriented text file (Each line is treated as a separate paragraph.)

t

A paragraph-oriented text file (Consecutive nonempty lines are considered part of a paragraph, and an empty line signifies a paragraph break.)

For example, to open MyData.txt, a line-oriented text file, enter OpenTextFile a MyData.txt

To save an open file with fmbatch:

In a batch file or at the fmbatch prompt, do one of the following:

To save a file with its current name and format, enter Save filename (for example, enter Save chapt1.fm).

To save a file with a different name or format, enter SaveAs format oldname newname. The format option is one of the following.

Format option

Result

d

Saves in Document format

l (lowercase L)

Saves in View Only format

a

Saves in line-oriented text format

t

Saves in paragraph-oriented text format

m

Saves in MIF

- (hyphen)

Saves in the current format

Specify only one format option. If you don't specify a format option, fmbatch saves the file in its current format. You can't use the l, a, or t option when saving a book file. If a document is in View Only format, you can't save it in Document format with the SaveAs command.

For example, to save the FrameMaker document MyReport.fm as a MIF file, enter SaveAs m MyReport.fm MyReport.mif

To print an open file with fmbatch:

In a batch file or at the fmbatch prompt, do one of the following:

To print a file with its own print settings, enter Print filename

To print a file with the print settings of another FrameMaker document, enter Print filename settings_file. (To set up or change the print settings in the settings_file document, open a document--even a new, blank document--choose File > Print, specify the settings you want, and click Save Settings Only. Then save the document.)

For example, to print MyReport.fm with the print settings from the PrintToDuplex.fm document, enter Print MyReport.fm PrintToDuplex.fm