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About FrameMaker Interchange Format

Adobe FrameMaker is a desktop publishing application that is popular for large documents. It is produced by Adobe Systems. Although (or perhaps because) FrameMaker has evolved slowly in recent years, it maintains a strong following among professional technical writers. As an all-in-one package optimized for technical writers, FrameMaker remains unrivalled. But for deployment in high-end technical publication departments, native XML authoring systems are starting to replace it.

FrameMaker has more or less kept up with the times in supporting new standards: XML, Unicode and WebDAV are examples. But at heart it is a proprietary single-desktop-oriented system based on a binary file format. Configuring it for XML is a difficult, expensive process and some XML features do not nicely integrate with built-in FrameMaker features. While problems exist in FrameMaker’s XML incarnation, FrameMaker supports authoring in an XML-based workflow considerably better than Microsoft Word.

FrameMaker became an Adobe product in 1995 when Adobe purchased Frame Technology Corp. Adobe added SGML support, which eventually morphed into today’s XML support. In April of 2004, Adobe ceased support of FrameMaker for the Macintosh. This reinvigorated widespread rumours that product development and support for FrameMaker are being wound down. Adobe strenuously denies this.

Links:

Adobe Framemaker Official Page
FrameMaker for Mac OS X Mailing List
Google: Newsgroup Adobe Framemaker
History of FrameMaker

 

Word Counts, Character Counts and Line Counts for MIF Files

AnyCount automatically produces correct word counts, character counts, and line counts for single or multiple files in .MIF file format.

Word count results window for .MIF file format:

AnyCount - Adobe FrameMaker MIF Word Count

AnyCount is able to optionally include separate count for:

  • Word, page, line and character counts in Running headers.
  • Word, page, line and character counts in Running footers.
  • Word, page, line and character counts in Footnotes.

Word count settings window for .MIF file format:

AnyCount - MIF Word Count Settings

After .MIF count is completed, you can:

  • view count results on the screen;
  • print count results;
  • export count results to .TXT format;
  • export count results to Comma-Separated Text/Tab-Separated Text (.CSV Format);
  • export count results to .HTML format;
  • export count results to MS Word format;
  • export count results to MS Excel format;
  • export count results to .RTF format;
  • copy results to clipboard.
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