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Chris Dunn
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Color Definitions List - No Scroll

Jan 22, 2013 1:11 PM

Tags: #color #framemaker_11 #color_definitions

I have a large color definitions list that matches my standard swatches in Illustrator.


I want to go in and thin out some old/obsolete swatches (color definitions).


I've recently upgraded to FrameMaker 11. I cannot scroll in the Color Definitions Name field. I use the drop down arrow to dig into the list, but the list itself won't scroll. Hovering on the scroll arrow does nothing. Clicking it just selects that color at the bottom of the list.


Ideas? Is there any other way to scroll through the list or see the list?


I'm in FrameMaker 11.0.1


View > Color > Definitions...

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    Jan 22, 2013 3:49 PM   in reply to Chris Dunn

    Unfortunately, your screen shot didn't come through. Could you please try again (use the Camera icon in the edtor to attach the image from your computer).


    Guessing, I suspect that it may be a bug - you might have passed a maximum in the list setup. Other functions with lists (e.g. Zoom levels) have been compromised in this release as well.

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    Jan 22, 2013 11:29 PM   in reply to Chris Dunn

    If you're sure about the colours you don't need any more, you can save out as .mif and clean the result in a text editor; then open the edited .mif in FM, check for surprises and save as .fm  Save backups of everything first, of course ;-

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    Jan 23, 2013 10:11 AM   in reply to Chris Dunn

    It scrolls but not the way one expects. In the color list, drag your mouse down and out of the window, below the bottom. The colors scroll up to show the remaining list. That is why the little arrow is there.


    My list is not much longer than what shows originally. So, I do not know what happens when the list is two or three times the length of the window. Probably one has to drag UP and out of the top of the window.


    I admit that it is not an obvious way to scroll the list.

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    Jan 23, 2013 1:26 PM   in reply to Reviewer1066

    As Van says, it's a very poor implementation of th scroll list. I just created an Indexed PNG to get a large list of values for the colours to test this out.


    You have to click&hold on the arrow at the lower left and then drag the pointer down *outside* of the list window to start to scroll. On a fast machine, it just jumps to the end. If you let go, the list disappears. When you're past the first screen of the list, there's also an up arrow at the top that behaves in a similar way.


    The FM UI designer must have been having a very bad day...

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