Agreed! For now, I am making drawings in Microsoft Visio, and importing them as SVG vector graphics. This method is more cumbersome and impacts filesize more than using the native drawing tools, but I find the native FrameMaker drawing tools far, far too primitive for drawings of any complexity. I need spline curves, auto-routing connectors, custom shape libraries, and other advanced drawing features to get the kind of content creation throughput needed for my job.
Agreed. FrameMaker is much better than Word! But when so see the graphic features of Word you will cry about the graphic features of FrameMaker. If someone says FrameMaker is old-fashioned, the typical proof will be: look at the graphic and graphic import functions!
Agree with all this.
It would also be nice to be able to make your own cliparts, especially arrows.
Frame currently has this:
But I would like to illustrate a 1/4 turn and a 3/4 turn.
Like I say, it would be even better if you could design your own externally and import them in. _
If you have the TCS, you could always use Illustrator...
I have TCS4, but you cannot create something for Framemaker that has an opaque background.
If I create the arrow in Illustrator, with the background removed, Framemaker converts the background to white.
Or am I missing a trick?
When FM imports graphic content, it sets the background to White, by default. Try selecting the graphic and set the FM fill to None. With FM11, you can set an object style that has the fill set to None and apply that to the imported graphics.
I must be missing a trick then.
I have imported using ai, png, eps and none seem to remove the white background, even after setting the fill to None.
What am I doing wrong?
First (the obvious), make certain that you don't have an explicit white background in the source file
Note: you won't see this happen in FM, you need to output (to PDF) in order to see the effect happen. For an example, see this message: