Let me expand the question to unstructured FM version 15.x (not FM2015), and I see people asking about this back to FM11, with no clear steps for resolution.
The console is nowhere to be found. The Error Console mentioned in Help appears to be for Structured.
First document opened threw dialogs for old rev and missing fonts (no surprise, but I'd like a font list).
Show File Translation Errors is (and was) enabled
No console window found.
Not hiding in taskbar FM icon.
No obvious console icons in menu.
No obvious items in menus.
No consfile.txt found in any likely location.
As Bob wrote: Show File Translation Errors MUST BE ENABLED.
You can enable it via Preferences or change it in your user maker.ini: ShowErrors=On (around line 43).
The consfile.txt is for structured and unstructured FrameMaker.
But every time FrameMaker starts, this file the content will be erased.
If you delete this file it will be created on restating FrameMaker.
So it is not the best way to store anything in this file.
You'd better store it in an individiual file. If you are familiar with scripting, I could send you an example hot to do that. Or we can discuss in the scripting forum FrameMaker Scripting
re: Show File Translation Errors MUST BE ENABLED.
It was, and appears to be so by default (this was a fresh install).
re: or change it in your user maker.ini: ShowErrors=On
Finding the user (not the system) maker.ini is also a bit of a mystery. Oh, here (Win7/64p):
ShowErrors is not in it (I added it).
re: The consfile.txt is for structured and unstructured FrameMaker.
Ah yes, but where might it be hidden? Oh, also at:
With ShowErrors added, I briefly saw a console pane on FM restart and re-open of my test file, but after clicking a couple of dialogs, that too vanished, and no trace of console display remains. At least I know where consfile.txt is now. I suppose I can add a desktop shortcut to that.
Whew. I had thought that maybe this was some Apple-like UI thing, where it was so obvious and intuitive that no one could figure it out.
I'm aware of all these problems. So I decided to write some little script, that help me
- open the user director
- open consfile.txt
- open global maker.ini.
So I can start that from my FrameMaker.
Just to repeat your words:
consfile.txt is always in this directory:
I'm using it with FM 10 ... 2017, but as I remember, only 2015 is trying to hide it sometimes.