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Sync paragraphs between two different .fm

Nov 27, 2012 5:37 AM



I need to duplicate a .book, included .fm.

In the  duplicated files, title and index are different, but the content will include many text and images from the original. Only a few paragraphs changes.


Is there any way to copy as a reference these texts and images for prevent errors or not to duplicate future changes.




P.S.: Sorry for my bad english.


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    Nov 27, 2012 6:04 AM   in reply to RaulM21

    Make one book the master copy containing all text (Say, edition A and edition B).


    Use Condition Codes to tag the variant text. Leave the common text untagged.


    Create a second book for Edition B. Import the entire Flow A from the edition A files.


    When rendering edition A, show A, and hide the condition code for edition B.

    When rendering edition B, show B, and hide the cc for edition A.


    Do all editing in the A file set.


    Generated files (TOC, IX) can be unique to each book.


    We do this for badge-engineered variants of the same basic product (with entirely different page layouts), and for domestic vs. export variants of the same manual (with frequent cases of word-by-word tagging). It works surprising well, and is very stable (but this is FM7.1/Unix).

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    Nov 28, 2012 4:08 AM   in reply to RaulM21

    > What about images and anchored frames?


    Images can't be made conditional, but their frame anchors can. So, no problem.

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    Nov 28, 2012 7:38 AM   in reply to RaulM21

    > My conclusion is that I'm going to create only ONE, only ONE, only ONE and only ONE


    That works, as long as your page layouts and formats don't need to be different.


    In our badge engineering case, the cover and all page layouts are substantially different, so having a separate book structure, and importing Flow A of the "" file is the solution.


    We're doing the domestic vs. export versioning with dual books as well, against the likelihood that the export versions will eventually need to be on A4 pages.

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    Nov 29, 2012 7:31 AM   in reply to RaulM21

    Are you doing an Apply Master Pages after changing show/hide Condition Codes?

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