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FrameMaker bookmarks are misplaced in PDF

Community Beginner ,
Apr 12, 2011 Apr 12, 2011

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I use FrameMaker 9.0p237

When I create a PDF from a FrameMaker book, the bookmarks are misplaced in the PDF. For example, in my Frame file, I have:

Chapter Title A

.Heading 1 a

..Heading 2 a

Chapter Title B

.Heading 1 b

..Heading 2 b

But, when I create the PDF, some of the chapters' bookmarks appear as:

Chater Title A

Chapter Title B

.Heading 1 a

..Heading2 a

.Heading 1 b

..Heading 2 b

This doesn't happen for every chapter, but it does happen consistently for the same chapters each time I create a pdf.

What is wrong with my FrameMaker file that would cause this?

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Advisor , Apr 12, 2011 Apr 12, 2011

Brian, are any of the headings and subheadings in table cells or text frames or even a different text flow?

All of these can cause mis-ordered bookmarks, because FM creates bookmarks by first looking at the content in Flow A, then going back and grabbing content in other flows and in tables.

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Apr 12, 2011 Apr 12, 2011

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First - upgrade to p255 and test again to see if it's really happening. The other thing you can try if you're running XP is to install the MS Hotfix that addresses PDF creation. Google the forums for the link.

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OK, I have installed the update to get to p255. The same problem persists.

I am running Windows 7, so I don't think hotfix applies.

I also failed to mention that the Bookmarks in the pdf link to the correct page in the pdf. The only issue is the placement of the bookmark.

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Brian, are any of the headings and subheadings in table cells or text frames or even a different text flow?

All of these can cause mis-ordered bookmarks, because FM creates bookmarks by first looking at the content in Flow A, then going back and grabbing content in other flows and in tables.

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Sheila,

You are right! It is a flow issue. I had checked the flow earlier, but it showed each section as the same flow. But, then I tracked the flow by:

  1. Zoom out to 25% and adjust the window size to see as many pages as necessary.

  2. Click in the flow you want to check and choose Edit > Select All In Flow. The flow is highlighted, showing how it traverses the pages of the document.

The frame that contained the chapter title had become disconnected. So, all I had to do was reconnect them by:

1.     Select the first frame.

2.     Select the second frame.

3.     Format > Customize Layout > Connect Text Frames.

Thank you for your help. You led me to the correct path!

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Good going  -- and thank you for posting your steps, Brian -- you'll undoubtedly save other folks from hair-tearing and bad-word spewing

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Thank u soo much for the detailed solution.. I tried and got rectified finally .. ohh God thank u so much

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