FrameMaker Tutorial:
Anchored Frames

Developed for Advanced Documentation Students
by
David A. McMurrey
and
Thomas A. Moore

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The following FrameMaker tutorial shows you how to insert a graphic in an anchored frame, create an anchored frame that runs into a body paragraph, insert a graphic into the margin, and align a graphic within an anchored frame. If you see any errors or think we should have included other tasks, let us know! These tutorials only get you started; if you have more in-depth needs, see the Adobe FrameMaker User Guide or Adobe FrameMaker Classroom in a Book. (This tutorial is provided for advanced documentation students on a free, as-is basis, without guarantee of accuracy.)

This tutorial is based on FrameMaker version 5.5 for Windows. You may see some minor differences if you are using a different version.

Note: For the sake of brevity, we use an abbreviated style for menu commands throughout this lesson. For example, "Choose File > New" means "Choose New from the File menu".

Downloading the Sample Files

Before you start, download the sample files and start FrameMaker:
  1. Download the sample files: samples.zip.

  2. Extract the files to your local directory.

  3. Start FrameMaker and open frames.fm.
    Note: If you get a message about unavailable fonts, click OK.
  4. From the View menu, turn on Borders, Text Symbols, and Rulers.

  5. Save the document file.

Importing a Graphic Using an Anchored Frame

To import a graphic using an anchored frame:
  1. Place the insertion point at the end of the first body paragraph. You can press the End key on your keyboard to ensure that the insertion point is at the very end of the paragraph.

  2. Choose File > Import > File.

  3. Browse to the directory in which you extracted the sample files. Select dialogbox.tif and click Import.

  4. In the Imported Graphic Scaling dialog box, select 150 dpi and click Set. FrameMaker inserts the graphic in an anchored frame automatically. By default, the anchored frame is below the current line and aligned to the center of the text frame, but you can change these settings if you like.

    Anchored frame

    FrameMaker places an anchor symbol (text symbol) at the insertion point to mark the point where the frame is anchored. The frame and its contents will move along with this text automatically.

Inserting an Anchored Frame To Run into the Paragraph

To insert a frame that runs into the paragraph text:

  1. Place the insertion point anywhere in the first line of text after the First Heading.

  2. Choose File > Import > File.

  3. Select Pen&Fill.gif and click Import.

  4. In the Imported Graphic Scaling dialog box, select 75 dpi and click Set. The graphic is placed in an anchored frame below the current line.

  5. Now, choose Special > Anchored Frame.

  6. Change Anchoring Position to Run into Paragraph and click Edit Frame.

Inserting a Graphic in the Margin

To insert a graphic into the margin, you must:

Creating an Anchored Frame

To create the anchored frame:
  1. Click anywhere in the paragraph that reads "Place the insertion point here."

  2. Choose Special > Anchored Frame.

  3. In the Anchored Frame dialog box, select Outside Text Frame for Anchoring Position.

  4. Enter 0.2 for Distance from Text Frame. This will create a small space between the graphic and the left edge of the text frame.

  5. Enter -0.25 for Distance above Baseline.

  6. Enter 1.0 for Width and 0.5 for Height.

  7. Click New Frame. FrameMaker creates an anchored frame outside the text frame on the left side.

Importing a Graphic

To import a graphic:

  1. Make sure the anchored frame is still selected.

  2. Choose File > Import > File.

  3. In the Import dialog box, select note.tif and click Import.

  4. In the Imported Graphic Scaling dialog box, select 300 dpi. FrameMaker imports the graphic into the anchored frame.

Aligning the Graphic

To align the graphic within the anchored frame:

  1. Make sure the graphic is selected (not the anchored frame).

  2. Choose Graphics > Align.

  3. In the Align dialog box, select Tops and Right Sides.

  4. Click Align. FrameMaker aligns the graphic to to top-right of the anchored frames. This is the most exact and consistent way to align a graphic within an anchored frame.
    Note: You can also adjust the position of the graphic by pressing Alt and the arrow keys.
  5. Notice that the anchored frame still has some extra space on the left side. It won't hurt anything to leave it, but it is good practice to fit the frame as tightly around the graphic as possible. Select the anchored frame.

  6. Grab the left sizing handle and drag it to the right.

    Sizing handles

    Note: You can turn off Snap to make finer adjustments with the sizing handles. Choose Graphics > Snap.

In this tutorial you learned how to insert a graphic in an anchored frame, create an anchored frame that runs into a body paragraph, insert a graphic into the margin, and align a graphic within an anchored frame. Experiment with other anchored frame options and some graphics of your own. You can start with the sample files that are included with FrameMaker. Choose Help > Samples & Clip Art to open a sample file.

If you've completed this tutorial and are taking an online course in print documentation, go to the FrameMaker workshop area of the Print Documentation Chatroom and let the rest of the class know how you did on this tutorial.


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