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Types of Files in FrameMaker

New Here ,
Jun 10, 2024 Jun 10, 2024

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This might be a silly question but I can't seem to find the right words to search for the answer. What kind of file is the blue "M"?

 

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Jun 10, 2024 Jun 10, 2024

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Could it be a .MIF file?

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Jun 10, 2024 Jun 10, 2024

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All of these are labeled as  .fm files

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Jun 10, 2024 Jun 10, 2024

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Just tested adding a .MIF file to a book & it's showing with the little "M" on the icon.

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Jun 10, 2024 Jun 10, 2024

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Very strange! I have never saved to or imported a .MIF file ....oh well! It doesn't sound like it will be an issue. 

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Jun 10, 2024 Jun 10, 2024

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MIF (Maker Interchange Format) is just a text representation of the binary FM file. FM files can be saved as MIF and then re-opened in FM as a technique to clean out the file (aka mif-washing).

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Jun 10, 2024 Jun 10, 2024

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Siara: Very strange! I have never saved to or imported a .MIF file

It's not customary to use MIF as the working file format for an active project, except perhaps in scenarios where authors are using mixed versions of FM. I've never seen it used in a .book, and suspect that there may be some downsides. It is commonly used for exporting a project for translation & such.

re: It doesn't sound like it will be an issue.

Project-wise, it won't be, unless it becomes one. On Save after modification, for example, does it cause a Save-As dialog to pop?

Anyway, there is a real issue here, which is that it appears that Adobe doesn't document these book menu icons. I wasn't able to find anything in either the FM7 print manual, or a later on-line. I've never paid much attention to them on account of this.

These icons are intended to make you more efficient. The icon design, text and current aspect convey a lot of information about the file type, whether generated or not, and perhaps other status. It's not terribly efficiency-promoting if the average author doesn't know what they are saying, and doesn't know where to find out. Perhaps one of the aftermarket authors could add a summary to their FM book.

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Jun 11, 2024 Jun 11, 2024

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If you have both files in your directory, FM and MIF, and only MIF is worked on via the book, it could happen that you inadvertently delete the wrong file with your file manager or, if you open only the file without book, open the wrong one.

Therefore I would definitely save this MIF file as FM and add this to your book (and of course update the numbering and pagination properties) and remove the MiF file.

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