Silicon Prairie >> Products

The following PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of the products available from Silicon Prairie Software. It's available as a native PowerPoint file and as a PDF. Use this presentation to learn about the plug-ins, and as a tool to present the products to your organization.

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The following FrameMaker products are available from Silicon Prairie Software. The products are available as two bundles and also individually.You can download them on the Downloads page.

Clean-up Bundle

The Clean-up Bundle consists of the following plug-ins used to clean up your FrameMaker documents:

  • Character Tools
  • Color Tools
  • Cross-Reference Tools
  • Paragraph Tools
  • Table Tools
  • Variable Tools

The Clean-up Bundle is available for $50 for a single-user license, and $500 for a site license.

Writer Productivity Bundle

The Writer Productivity Bundle consists of the following plug-ins that help improve the writing process in FrameMaker:

  • Auto-Text
  • Outline Tools
  • Readability Tools

The Writer Productivity Bundle is available for $30 for a single-user license, and $300 for a site license.

Alert Tool

Alert Tool provides the ability to display an alert message when a FrameMaker document is opened. These alerts can be used to provide reminders to writers when they edit documents, or to alert writers that specific documents shouldn't be updated.

Alert Tool if $5 for a single-user license, $50 for a site license, and available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 5.5x, 6, and 7 on Macintosh.

Auto-Text

Auto-Text is a FrameMaker plug-in that allows you to define a set of text or graphic items and easily insert them into any FrameMaker document just by making a menu selection or pressing a key sequence. It's like using items from a document's reference page, only easier! Items that you can use as Auto-Text include styled text, plain text, graphics, anchored frames, and tables.

To use an Auto-Text item, open the document in which you want to insert an item. Place the insertion point where you want the item to appear. Then choose the item from the AutoText menu. The item will be inserted. When you insert an Auto-Text item, it is copied from the AutoText.fm file, then pasted into your current document.

The latest version of Auto-Text allows you to add sub-menus to the AutoText menu, allows storing Auto-Text items in external files, and allows external files containing Auto-Text items to be shared by multiple users over a network.

Auto-Text is $10 for a single-user license, $100 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 6 and 7 on Macintosh.

Character Tools

Character Tools provides additional capabilities for working with character tags in FrameMaker documents. As a documentation set ages, it tends to get polluted with extra character tags that are no longer used. It may also contain character overrides that make the formatting inconsistent. Character Tools can help. Its capabilities include listing character tag usage, removing unused character tags from Frame documents, converting from one set of character formats to another, and locating and removing character tag overrides. It also contains a routine that generates a report listing all the characteristics of the character tags defined in a document.

Character Tools is $10 for a single-user license, $100 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 6 and 7 on Macintosh.

Color Tools

Color Tools provides additional capabilities for working with color definitions in FrameMaker documents. As a documentation set ages, it tends to get polluted with color definitions that are not used. This was especially true with earlier versions of FrameMaker that defined colors for 8-bit PNG (Portable Network Graphic) files. Color Tools can help. Its capabilities include listing colors defined and removing non-list colors from Frame documents. It also contains a routine that generates a report listing the colors defined in a document.

Color Tools is $10 for a single-user license, $100 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 7 on Macintosh.

Cross-Reference Tools

Cross-Reference Tools provides additional capabilities for working with cross-reference formats in FrameMaker documents. As a documentation set ages, it tends to get polluted with extra cross-reference formats that are no longer used. Cross-Reference Tools can help. Its capabilities include listing cross-reference format usage, removing unused cross-reference formats from Frame documents, and converting from one set of cross-reference formats to another. It also contains a routine that generates a report listing the definition of all the cross-reference formats defined in a document.

Cross-Reference Tools is $10 for a single-user license, $100 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 7 on Macintosh.

Index Tools Professional

Index Tools Professional provides improved indexing capabilities for FrameMaker. It allows embedding index entries into the flow of documents, eliminating the need to work with FrameMaker's Marker window. It greatly speeds entering index entries. The latest version now provides conditional index entries, which are great for documentation sets that have multiple outputs derived from them. A Unicode version of Index Tools Professional is available for FrameMaker 8 and later that supports using Unicode characters in index entry content.

Index Tools Professional provides tools to format generated indexes, including adding "continuation" lines for groups of entries that span multiple columns. The plug-in allows merging and continuation lines to be applied automatically, whenever a generate/update operation is performed on a FrameMaker book.

Index Tools Professional also includes a tool to make generating a master index for a set of FrameMaker books quick and easy. The documentation contains a complete discussion of how to take convert a master index into a PDF with working links for an entire set of FrameMaker books.

Index Tools Professional is $30 for a single-user license, $300 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 6 and 7 on Macintosh.

Index Tools

Index Tools provides the same tools to format generated indexes that are included in Index Tools Professional. You may find this plug-in useful even if you use FrameMaker's built-in indexing support or another indexing product. Continuation lines in your indexes give your indexes a polished, professional look.

Index Tools is $10 for a single-user license, $100 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 6 and 7 on Macintosh.

LEP Tools

LEP Tools is a special-purpose FrameMaker plug-in that helps generate a List of Effective Pages for a set of FrameMaker documents. If you create document sets that require a List of Effective Pages, this plug-in may make that process much easier.

LEP Tools is $30 for a single-user license, $300 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 6 and 7 on Macintosh.

Master Page Tools

Master Page Tools helps you easily apply master pages to FrameMaker documents, based on the paragraph tags used in the documents. The latest version also allows you to use MasterPage markers in your document to specify how master pages are to be applied. Place a MasterPage marker in a large table or with the anchor for a large graphic to have specific master pages applied automatically. Master Page Tools also contains a utility to list how master pages have been applied to FrameMaker documents.

FrameMaker 7 now provides the capability to apply master pages automatically. However, the implementation isn't easy to understand, and can be difficult to set up. It also doesn't provide the flexibility needed for complex documents with large graphics or tables. You may find that Master Page Tools better suits your needs.

Master Page Tools is $10 for a single-user license, $100 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 6 and 7 on Macintosh.

Outline Tools

Outline Tools helps you work with outlines in FrameMaker. Good documentation starts with a good outline. This simple plug-in makes outlining in FrameMaker easy, allowing you to move blocks of text with simple keyboard shortcuts. It's similar to outlining in special-purpose outlining tools.

Outline Tools is $10 for a single-user license, $100 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 6 and 7 on Macintosh.

Paragraph Tools

Paragraph Tools provides additional capabilities for working with paragraphs in FrameMaker documents. As a documentation set ages, it tends to get polluted with extra paragraph tags that are no longer used. Paragraph Tools can help. Its capabilities include listing paragraph tag usage, removing unused paragraph tags from Frame documents, converting paragraphs to use different tags, and locating and removing paragraph tag overrides. It also contains a routine that generates a report listing all the characteristics of the paragraph tags defined in a document.

Paragraph Tools is $10 for a single-user license, $100 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 6 and 7 on Macintosh.

Readability Tools

Readability Tools provides additional capabilities for analyzing and improving the readability of FrameMaker documents. Features include determining document statistics, calculating standard readability formulas, generating readability reports, and producing lists and counts of all words used in a document or book. The Flesch Reading Ease, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, ARI (Automated Readability Index), SMOG, and Gunning Fog Index readability tests are available.

Readability Tools is $20 for a single-user license, $200 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 6 and 7 on Macintosh.

Table Tools

Table Tools provides additional capabilities for working with tables in FrameMaker documents. As a documentation set ages, it tends to get polluted with extra table tags that are no longer used. Table Tools can help. Its capabilities include listing table tag usage, removing unused table tags from Frame documents, converting tables to use different tags, and locating and removing table tag overrides. It also generates a report listing all the characteristics of the table tags defined in a document.

Table Tools is $10 for a single-user license, $100 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 6 and 7 on Macintosh.

Variable Tools

Variable Tools provides additional capabilities for working with variable formats in FrameMaker documents. As a documentation set ages, it tends to get polluted with extra variable formats that are no longer used. Variable Tools can help. Its capabilities include listing variable format usage, removing variable formats from Frame documents, and renaming variable formats. It also contains a routine that generates a report listing all the definition of the variable formats defined in a document.

Variable Tools is $10 for a single-user license, $100 for a site license, and is available for FrameMaker 7.x, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2015, and 2017 on Windows and FrameMaker 7 on Macintosh.