Saving Multiple Versions of the Same Document

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Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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I'm working on a document that will be distributed in multiple countries. Because of different regulatory requirements in each country, each version of the document has slight variations. I am saving each version of the document as a separate file in a separate folder, however, when I make a change to one document it gets saved in all documents, even though I only have one document open, each document is saved in it's own file, and each document has a different document name. 

 

I have tried saving each document in its own folder under a parent folder, and also in its own folder on my desktop. This does not seem to change anything. I've also tried creating a new book and importing files from another version, then saving, and that doesn't fix the problem either.

 

How do I stop this from happening?! Right now I have 3 documents, but soon it will be in the double digits, and I cannot change each file with every change every time I need to update.

 

Thank you!

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I am having trouble envisioning what is happening. If you want to do a quick web meeting so I can see what is going on, please contact me offlist. I am on Eastern Standard Time in the US. rick at frameexpert dot com

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Unless the various editions are also in different languages, a typical approach to this is Conditional Text. I used this for US.v.UK manuals years ago.

Another approach, for small numbers of localized text strings, is Variables, imported for publication into a common .fm file set, from various per-region .fm files that are each just the host for the variable definitions.

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Do you use conditional text and text insets (which is a good idea)?

This would explain why other documents change, when the original file changes.

You would have to apply conditions for one variant and hide this condition for other variants.

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