This table contains a list of third-party tools that I find useful. It is important to note than some of these parties offer more tools that I have listed here.
|What it Does
(subset of Carmen)
|Copies a book to an archive directory and gathers all documents, referenced graphics, and text insets for that book into the archive directory. All references in the archived book are relative and point to documents, graphics, and text insets under the archive directory.
|Calculates the total number of pages in your book and puts the number in a user variable called Book Page Count.
|FindChangeSpecial allows you to find cross-references, paragraphs, tables, and user variables in books or single documents and change them to another format. You can optionally delete the find format. Find/Change results are written to the Console window.
|Sets the default runaround of an imported graphic to none.
|A logging utility that is used by many of these other plug-ins. For FDK developers, the Cudspan documentation includes instructions to use CudLog in your own plugins.
|Runs batch processing in documents and books. Save as MIF, Filtered, ViewOnly, PostScript, or document; Update a book or document; Import formats; Run another plugin on a book or document. Requires CudLog.
|Hunts down local overrides and presents a page where you can click to jump to them.
|Lists and deletes unused paragraph formats, character formats, and conditional text tags.
|Inserts icons next to paragraphs. Just design a format/icon pair in your document, then use a single command to save the pair in the RefIcons palette. You can then use the format/icon pair in any document.
|Remembers page breaks and line breaks in your generated lists. Very useful in the later stages of a project when you have decided on custom breaks in the generated files, but you need to regenerate from time to time.
|Remove Local Formatting (5, 6)
|Removes local formatting document wide, or on selected text.
|Real-time indexer you can view without having to update and open the index.
|Tracks document change more along the lines of Word.
(Win + Mac)
(Win 5 + Mac 5)
|Calculate the sum off selected table cells, add or multiply the cells with a number or round the cells to given number of decimals
|Full Conversion Table
(Win 5 + Mac 5)
|Generates a full conversion table for the active document.
|Ehances AppleScript control over FrameMaker and FrameMaker+SGML.
|Places the name of a graphic as a caption in the bottom right corner of the anchored frame. Captions can be added automatically or through a context-sensitive menu. Also, captions within a document or book can be batch processed.
|Simplifies the process of inserting and manipulating graphics. With keyboard shortcuts, the user can quickly enlarge, shrink, center, or import-and-fit an image in an anchored frame. Users can customize the following default settings: anchored frame size and border, image orientation, scaling options, and importing options. Also, in structured documents, the plug-in can automatically insert structural elements that are ancestral to the object elements normally associated with a graphic insert.
|Multiple items to find & replace. Save a text file with find & replace options.
|A controlled-language spelling checker that offers an alternative to a full-blown controlled-language program.
|Manage FrameMaker variables at the "book" level. Define multiple variable groups and easily switch between them by updating the variables in all files. Syncs up the variables definitions in all files and/or delete unused variables.
Sets the "OffsetVertical" and OffsetHorizontal" character style properties (which are not available through the Character Designer).
|Provides additional commands to make it easier to import and export files in FrameMaker. This plugin also includes the ability to read and write MIFML files from structured or unstructured files.
|Useful commands for working with markers in FrameMaker. Enhanced marker dialog; search for both marker type and text; marker expand/collapse; marker export/import.
|Command-line utility to convert MIF files to MIFML and MIFML files to MIF. A MIFML file is an XML representation of a MIF file.
|Customize the Help menu in FrameMaker by adding menu items that open your Help files, PDFs, or other documents.
|Restores the window location, zoom factor, and view settings of opened documents along with the show/hide state of frequently used tool windows.
|If a viariable called "Alert" is found, it displays the contents of the variable.
List Paragraph Usage -- Creates a list of the paragraph tags used and not used in a document or book
Delete Unused Paragraph Tags -- Removes unused paragraph tags from a document or book
Create Paragraph Tag List -- Creates a list of paragraph tags to keep in a set of documents
Remove Non-list Paragraph Tags -- Removes paragraph tags from a document or book that aren't included in a list of tags to keep
Create Conversion Document -- Creates a list of paragraph tags that will be converted to other paragraph tags in a document or book
Convert Paragraphs -- Converts paragraph tags in a document or book, based on a paragraph tag conversion document.
Remove Overrides -- Removes overrides from all paragraphs in a document or book
Find Next Override -- Locates the next paragraph that contains an override in a text flow or table
|Makes outlining in FrameMaker easy, allowing you to move blocks of text with simple keyboard shortcuts.
|Stratagem Systems Pty
|Provides (or, past tense, provided) a tool to export an Excel table into a Frame MIF. I don't have a link for this because it seems they are out of business. I keep it here to remind myself to check once in a while.
|Free module deletes unused tags, variables, etc. Further ($) modules provide far more extensive tools.
|Presents the MIF of a file in an organized table form.