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Importing MS Word into FM 11

Aug 12, 2013 1:58 PM

Tags: #word #11 #importing #docs #ms #ms-word #fm

Why is it so difficult to Import a MS Word 2010 File into Adobe FM 11? Any scripts  or usable advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 
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    Aug 12, 2013 2:02 PM   in reply to lqdmetal65

    It’s because Word has all sorts of extra cruft in it that FM tries to deal with. Easier to copy & paste plain text and apply formatting in FM

     
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    Aug 12, 2013 2:16 PM   in reply to lqdmetal65

    The method that's worked best for me is to SaveAs .RTF in Word, then use

    the FM .RTF import filter (If the Japanese RTF filter is enabled on your

    system, use that -- seems to work better).

     

    Then run a MIF-wash on all the imported files to eliminate stray Word

    characters and code that will choke FM. Don't skip this step..

     

     

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    Aug 12, 2013 2:26 PM   in reply to Jeff_Coatsworth

    I agree with Jeff. Except I find it easier to Save as text in Word, then import the file into Frame. If I import the document and tell it to ignore the formatting, it doesn't.

     
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    Aug 12, 2013 10:50 PM   in reply to MichaelKazlow

    My preferred route, used far too frequently as I attempt to complete* the task of getting a large library consistent, is:

    1. add mml tags in Word (simple keyboard macro; wish I could find someone who could write me a real one)
    2. select all, delete/crush/stamp on any numbering and bullets
    3. save out as .txt
    4. adjust mml file in text editor
    5. open mml file in FM, import formats/layouts and carry on tidying

    Just a pity mml doesn't do tables :-}

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    * but all thanks and kudos to my predecessor for getting FM and AI approved as documentation tools

     
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    Aug 13, 2013 8:03 AM   in reply to lqdmetal65

    Among other folks, check with Rick Quatro for an excellent set of scripts for cleaning up Word files. I'll be using them for client work later today.

     
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    Aug 14, 2013 8:00 AM   in reply to lqdmetal65

    Check out frameautomation.com – there’s contact info for him there

     
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    Aug 16, 2013 9:53 AM   in reply to lqdmetal65

    Hey, what about saving the Word file as XML? Can't FM work with that?

     
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    Aug 16, 2013 11:04 AM   in reply to Xynoplas

    Lord knows what Mr. Bill would make of that! I’d go the Word > RTF > Frame route

     
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    Aug 16, 2013 11:39 AM   in reply to lqdmetal65

    Scripting sometimes only makes sense if you're repeating an action or have too much volume to deal with manually one-time. If you're copy & pasting, you can speed it up by changing the ClipBoardPriorities= line in your maker.ini to make TEXT the first in line to that Ctrl-V works like plain text instead of formatted text.

     
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    Aug 18, 2013 6:25 PM   in reply to lqdmetal65

    Melanie,

     

    You can use the Forum Private Messaging to directly contact someone.

     

    Also, you perhaps may want to also re-consider posting your telephone number in an open public forum.You never know who is harvesting data...

     
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