RE: Pls remind me: batch .fm file update to new Frame template

Subject: RE: Pls remind me: batch .fm file update to new Frame template
From: "Sharon Metzger" <sharon -dot- metzger -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "'Nancy Allison'" <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 19:53:48 -0500

I used FrameScript in my last Framemaker job with a variety of FM versions
which I won't be able to recall. It installs as a plugin to Frame (shows up
as a new menu). There are dozens of useful scripts for automating repetitive
tasks -- some on one file at a time, some across a whole book.
(BatchFormatChange, RemoveUnusedTags, ReportUnusedVariables, and so on).

For something like changing paragraph tags, you create the mapping table in
Framemaker and refer to it when you run the framescript. Perhaps it does
everything in mif files under the covers, but I didn't have to save as mif
explicitly or open any tool except Frame.

FWIW,
Sharon

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Subject: Pls remind me: batch .fm file update to new Frame template

Hello, all.
It's been a while since I've needed to update very inconsistent legacy
FrameMaker documents to a new template. I vaguely recall this process:
1. Save the entire Frame book to .mif. There's some handy plug-in lets
you do this. Anybody know its name?
2. Open all the .mif files in a tool like Notepad++.
3. Create a mapping table for paragraph tags from old template to new.
Is there a mapping tool I need? I think there is.
4. ??? map page layout commands, variable definitions, character tag
definitions . . . ?? Don't think I ever knew how to do this. I think I
only knew how to map paragraph tags. Maybe character tags, too.
5. Push a button. Shazam! All changes made in all mifs. Save .mifs.
6. Reopen .mifs in Frame and import the new template.
Result: all tags used in text have been updated; all unused tags and
table definitions from old template are removed from the catalogs. Not
sure what happens to formats that were used but never added to a
catalog. ..
Thanks very much for your help. I looked through my email archives
because I knew I'd had really helpful discussions about this before.
But the data elves have been using them for data spitballs, I guess,
because I can't find them.
--Nancy
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