Programmatically generate PDFs from DITA through FrameMaker and DITA-FMx 2.0.
The FMx-Auto "addon" for DITA-FMx provides two things:
- Unlocks a number of API functions in DITA-FMx 2.0 to allow full scripting from other FDK clients,
FrameScript, or ExtendScript, letting you fully automate the processing of DITA
topics with DITA-FMx.
- A purchase of FMx-Auto includes a license for the AutoFM plugin which provides a simple
XML-based scripting mechanism
that lets you drive FrameMaker from the command line or other scripting environments.
Even if you don't use FrameMaker for your DITA authoring, you may want to consider the
benefits of using it for your PDF publishing. Configuring templates for FrameMaker and
DITA-FMx to generate your PDFs is much cheaper and easier than most other options, especially
when you take into consideration the fact that you don't need to sacrifice any of your formatting
If you're already using FrameMaker and DITA-FMx, you may want to use FMx-Auto as a way to
consistently generate your PDFs in batch mode from the command line. You can set up a batch file
that builds your various PDFs using FMx-Auto in addition to your online Help using DITA2Go, RoboHelp,
Flare, or the DITA-OT (or other Help generation tools).
FMx-Auto can be integrated into a larger build process to allow automated PDF generation or it
can be run interactively by an individual at any time to provide the latest PDF. This should also
be quite easy to integrate with most CMS publishing workflows, provided that they have the ability
to: export a map and referenced files to a location on the file system, generate an XML file and
batch script, then run that batch script. We have a nice working example of a script for use with
Bluestream XDocs that allows the user
to run the script to extract files from the repository and generate a PDF from those files.
If you'd like to try to set up a similar script for your CMS, just let us know.
Want more information, or something that you can provide to management that explains the
benefits? Download our FMx-Auto white paper (PDF) (or the
trifold brochure if you prefer color).
FMx-Auto is available in three license types:
- Desktop-250 - For installation on a client desktop (or laptop) computer running
FrameMaker 7.2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, or 2015. When generating an FM book file from a DITA map, the book is
limited to 250 pages; any pages beyond 250 are included but are randomly modified.
- Desktop-Unlimited - For installation on a client desktop (or laptop) computer running
FrameMaker 7.2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, or 2015. There is no imposed limit to the number of pages in a generated
FM book file.
- Server - For installation on a system running FrameMaker Server (10 and later). There
is no imposed limit to the number of pages in a generated FM book file.
The trial version of FMx-Auto is the Desktop-250 license, but has a limitation of 100
pages when generating an FM book from a DITA map.
Licensing Restrictions DO NOT use the automation products provided by
Leximation in a manner that would violate the Adobe FrameMaker EULA.
Please review the Leximation EULA for details and links to the
related Adobe EULAs.
Buy FMx-Auto v.2.0.01 (Windows; FrameMaker v.7,8,9,10,11,12,13)
- Download FMx-Auto [737 KB] - Try before you buy!
IMPORTANT: FMx-Auto requires DITA-FMx 2.0.x. If you haven't installed
the latest version of DITA-FMx, you should do so before trying FMx-Auto.