Multi-channel publishing

The increasing number and variety of devices (smartphones, tables, eBook readers) on which users view documents demands that writers publish content that is readable across these devices. However, the limited resources of people and time makes it extremely expensive to build a different authoring or publishing system for each output format. To enable its users to write once and publish to multiple formats, FrameMaker provides a stand-alone multi-channel, multi-device publishing solution. This solution allows you to publish to the following output formats - providing your readers with access to your documents across different devices and different form factors:

  • Responsive HTML5

  • WebHelp

  • ePub

  • Kindle

  • Microsoft HTML Help

See the video, Basics of Multi-channel publishing.

Note: Adobe RoboHelp also allows you to publish to the above formats. In addition, you can also use RoboHelp to publish to the Eclipse and Java Help output formats. In the case of FrameMaker Publishing server, you can publish to these formats. However, the publishing server is best suited for a large distributed authoring environment. The server provides features such as batch publishing of documents and scheduling publish jobs. On the other hand, the multi-channel publishing solution provides you with the benefit of publishing to the multiple output formats from within your FrameMaker authoring environment.

When you publish your FrameMaker content to one or more of the output formats, the styles and settings of the published output is defined by the FrameMaker template and content that you use. For example, the style of the Heading1 format in your template mapped to the H1 tag HTML5 output is black, Times New Roman, 18 px. Or the output format name (Responsive HTML5 or WebHelp) is the title of the HTML output. However, you are not restricted to the out-of-the-box styles and settings. The publishing solution allows you to easily customize the output styles and settings on-the-fly from the same publishing interface.

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Multi-channel publishing workflow

Publish to different output formats section details the steps to publish FrameMaker content to one or more of the available output formats. The Customizing the publish output section covers the methods to customize the styles and settings of the published output. The Publish options sections describes publish options such as pagination and context sensitive help that you can use to enhance your published output.