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Need license for legacy FrameMaker 6

Community Beginner ,
Dec 31, 2023 Dec 31, 2023

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Hello. I am looking for a license to run FrameMaker 6 for Unix. I have files from graduate school I want to recover and convert to PDFs.

 

I'm searching ebay and amazon, though no luck so far.

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Dec 31, 2023 Dec 31, 2023

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in the future, to find the best place to post your message, use the list here, https://community.adobe.com/

p.s. i don't think the adobe website, and forums in particular, are easy to navigate, so don't spend a lot of time searching that forum list. do your best and we'll move the post (like this one has already been moved) if it helps you get responses.



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Dec 31, 2023 Dec 31, 2023

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If you have access to the files, any later version of FM can open them, including a trial version of the current FM2022.

I just opened an FM 4.0 file in FM2020—uneventful other than expected complaints about fonts. Saved to PDF without issue.

As your Unix files probably didn't conform to later Windows file name extension conventions, it might be helpful to make copies with .fm extensions.

With the trial copy, you can save the old files in a variety of formats.

Even if a license key can be obtained for FM6, finding a version of Windows (or a VM) on which it would install & run, could be a challenge.

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Jan 02, 2024 Jan 02, 2024

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I've done the same as Bob for very old legacy files. In fact, so old that the Fm docs had .DOC extensions.

No problem opening them up, once you choose All Files or a similar view in the Open  dialog.

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Jan 01, 2024 Jan 01, 2024

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And in addition to Bob's excellent advice, please be careful about buying any Adobe apps on eBay. We get regular reports that malware is included in those old applications. 

 

~Barb

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Jan 01, 2024 Jan 01, 2024

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In this case, it sounds like dlewis71 might already have the legacy media, and just needs a CD key.

Even with a valid key in hand, however, getting FM6 to install & run somewhere could be sporty. It will be based on older Windows APIs, probably contains 16-bit x86 code that may no longer execute on modern x86-64 CPUs, possibly plus some real-mode code that will cause exceptions at run time regardless. Font issues could be entertaining.

While there may be VMs offering Win3.x…Win98 emulations, there's really no need to mess with that path, given FM's excellent record of supporting opening old rev docs under current release, and the trial version license window being long enough for recovery of most small projects.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 01, 2024 Jan 01, 2024

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I have set up a virtual Solaris 2.6 machine with QEMU and installed software including Franemaker 6. If a trial version of modern Frame can read my thesis and defense slides for conversation to PDF that would be fine for my archival needs.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 09, 2024 Jan 09, 2024

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Once I can download the doc files off the Solaris emulation, I will try the trial FrameMaker copy on windows.  Can I export to a pdf from Frame?

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Jan 09, 2024 Jan 09, 2024

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Yes. File > Save as PDF uses the last settings from the Publish Pod. If you need to customize your PDF export settings you can do it in File > Publish. This is very different than you might remember from FrameMaker 6.

 

https://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/using/using-framemaker/user-guide/frm_generating_output-pdf....

 

~Barb

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