FrameMaker Document Setup and Master Pages

When you complete these tasks, send the FrameMaker file to your instructor. Go to Lorem ipsum if you need "dummy text."

Note: When you send FrameMaker practice files, attach them individually to your e-mail (not a zip). Name them in such a way that I can easily recognize which practice item they correspond to and who is sending them.

Note: If you can't figure out how to do any of these tasks, post a note to the open forum for the class.

Resources

Master pages in FrameMaker. Review how to apply master pages in FrameMaker, and learn how to modify and create your own.

Document Setup

  1. Start a new FrameMaker document.
  2. Set the pagination to double-sided with the first page starting on the right, and force the page count to be even.
  3. Go to the master pages of this document, set a page number on the left edge of the footer frame in the Left master page, and set a page number on the right edge of the footer frame in the Right master page.
  4. Return to the body pages, and enter several pages of dummy text to see how this format looks.
  5. Rather than using Enter to get space between paragraphs, specify 14pts for Space Below Pgf and update all.
  6. Save this document to send to the instructor. Name it doc setup.fm.

Master Pages

Change the size and location of the main text frame on a master page and on a body page:

  1. Create a single-sided FrameMaker document (which is the default), go to the master pages view, and change the size and location of the main text frame. Do this two ways: 1) Select the frame and then drag the handles of the frame to create a different size and location; and 2) Select the rame and then use Object Properties to set the shape and location numerically.
  2. Return to the body pages and enter enough dummy text to add several pages to the document. You should see the changes you made to the master page in the layout of your body pages.
  3.  On the second body page, experiment with changing the size and location of the main text frame while you're in the body pages view. After you've made your changes to that page, check the other body pages and your master page. What happened as a result of the changes you made on the second body page?
  4. Save your document with the name modify text frame.fm and send to the instructor.

Create and use a new master page:

  1. Start a new FrameMaker document that is double-sided.
  2. In the master pages, give the main text frame on the Right master page these dimensions: 4.8-inch width; 1.0-inch left; the rest, default values.
  3. In the master pages, give the main text frame on the Left master page these dimensions: 4.8-inch width; 2.7-inch left; the rest, default values.
  4. Add left-aligned page numbers on the Left master page and right-aligned page numbers on the Right master page.
  5. Return to the body pages and add enough dummy text (about 4 pages) to see how these master pages work.
  6. Return to the master pages, and create a new master page named "Page 1." Change the dimensions of the main text frame on your new master page to the following: 4.8-inch width; 1.0-inch left; 5.5-inch height; 4.458-inch top; the rest, default values.
  7. Return to page 1 of the body pages, and apply your Page 1 master page to that page. (This is a fairly common book design: short first page, big outer margins on following pages.)
  8. Check all of your body pages to see what they look like now.
  9. Save your docuent with the name new master page.fm and send to the instructor.

A challenge: it is difficult to get custom master master pages to alternate the way the Left and Right master pages do. See if you can figure it out:

  1. Create a FrameMaker document with two custom master pages named, for example, MyRight and MyLeft.
  2. In the body pages, enter exactly two pages of dummy text.
  3. Apply MyRight master page to page 1; MyLeft to page 2.
  4. Add two more pages of dummy text. Do your custom master pages alternate on these new pages? Probably not.
  5. HINT: Experiment with different settings in Master Page Usage dialog box to make your custom master pages alternate.

Designed by davidm@austincc.edu.