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Adobe Framemaker/Figure link placement incorrect in pdf file


Using the Windows version of Framemaker 11, the structure of the documents we create is such that an illustration is placed within an anchored frame, with the corresponding figure title (Figure paragraph tag) placed below and outside that frame. Tables are the opposite, with the table content placed below the table title (Table paragraph tag). Pretty much standard formatting practice.

After saving a Framemaker book in a pdf format (for later placement on a CDROM), clicking on a figure or table link in Acrobat causes the targeted link (Figure Title tag or Table Title tag)to position to the top of the Acrobat screen.

PROBLEM: This causes the figure anchored frame to be off the top of the screen, because Acrobat has moved the figure title "target" as high on the screen as possible. On the other hand, a table displays properly because the full table is placed below the Table Title (which Acrobat has also placed at the top of the screen when a table link is selected). Indeed, it seems that any clicked link (Section numbers, procedure steps, etc.) are displayed in Acrobat as high up on the page/screen as is possible.

As a result, most of the figures have to be manually re-linked (moved down on the screen) within the Acrobat document so that the final linked-view placement is correct.

Is it possible to have a clickable figure be displayed in Acrobat with the top of the anchored figure frame at the top of the screen (instead of the figure title), so that the figure frame does not have to be manually adjusted downward?

Ken, This is basically a function of the Adobe Acrobat.
The following applies to Acrobat Reader 10 but there should be the same for other version of Reader and Acrobat.
A. After you open the pdf document go the Menu Bar and Select VIEW - ZOOM - FIT HEIGHT. This should allow you to view the whole page without scrolling.
B. You might also try going to the EDIT - PREFERENCES - PAGE DISPLAY, and try adjusting some of those settings and that may set the document to open the same way each time.

The only other thing you might try and I don't know if this will work for you style setup or not.
Most of the time I start an anchored frame with it's own paragraph mark immediately below a line of text. You could enter the description of the graphic on that paragraph mark and then apply the style you want, but have the text set to "White" to match the background, therefore it would not be visible, then go ahead and add the graphic title in its normal position. This would be a double entry on your part. But you could use a style name such as XXX White and XXX Black.

Hope this helps.
Regards, Wayne

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Wayne Johnson


Basic set-up of books, master pages, generation of List of Effective pages (LEP), Indexing, auto-numbering. Various ways to import graphics, including advantages and disadvantages of importing into a text frame or importing into a "blank" page. Using a "book" to generate PDF files, with hyperlinking. Customization of function keys, currently setup for Frame 7.0 i.e. change F1 to turn "Change bar" On and Off, F2 to "Cut" a selection, F3 to copy, F4 to Paste, F6 to set line to "TOP OF PAGE" and Shift F6 to start line "anywhere" these can be easily your current config files and if you do not like them - old config files can be restored. I have no expertise in Structured Framemaker, (i.e. XML or SGML).


10 years working with Framemaker, all version through Version 7.0
Primarily writing to Aviation ATA spec 100. Currently responsible for maintaining all company published maintenance documents in Framemaker and PDF and making them accessible through the company intranet.

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