Converting Imported Graphics into Embedded Graphics

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Hi All,

I have a chapter with about 100 or so graphics, they are all Imported and linked to some Folder.

Is there a Shortcut Way to convert all the Imported Graphics into Embedded Graphics???

At the moment, I am looking at the Insets Panel with all the graphics files and then

  1. Selecting each grphic One-by-one
  2. And then, re-importing
  3. And then, re-selecting a Graphic File (in the Import Dialog Box)
  4. And then, Copy Into Document by re-selecting a Replace Button
  5. Then repeating all the steps for the next graphics

I thought there might be an easier way. Would appreciate any insight.

Thank you.

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Arnis_Gubins Most Valuable Participant , Mar 06, 2017
Extendscript is FrameMaker's internal scripting language (more or less javascript). There's also a commercial product called Framescript. IIRC, you can get a commercial script from Rick Quatro at Carmen Publishing that will embed the graphics, if you really want to go this route. See this page for his contact info: Carmen Publishing Inc. Alternatively, you could clean up the old FM files by using his ArchiveES script (see: SWREG - ArchiveES ) to consolidate an "archive" version in one location i...

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This could be easily done with an ExtendScript. But the question is: Why would you want to do this?

Embedding graphics will unnesserarily blow up your file and lock in the graphics.

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Hi Stefan,

Thanks for your response and your suggestion. By the way, What are Extend Script and how do they work???

I am trying to find easier solution to inherited problem, this is mostly for rchive purpose.

I have legacy (10yrs) FM books/chapters which have images stored on multiple network folders.

I would like to upgrade them to FM12 and then have single file (book/chapters) with all images embedded.

By the way, my still doing my way by following steps described earlier.

It is moving faster and I am getting better.

Once again, thank you.

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Extendscript is FrameMaker's internal scripting language (more or less javascript). There's also a commercial product called Framescript. IIRC, you can get a commercial script from Rick Quatro at Carmen Publishing that will embed the graphics, if you really want to go this route. See this page for his contact info: Carmen Publishing Inc.

Alternatively, you could clean up the old FM files by using his ArchiveES script (see: SWREG - ArchiveES ) to consolidate an "archive" version in one location including all of your external scattered graphics. Then your upgrade can be handled a bit better. [There's a packaging utility built-in to the newer versions of FM, but it won't get files scattered over multiple locations, so I wouldn't recommend you use it for this purpose.]

I would highly recommend against consolidating everything into a single file for a number of reasons:

  • The file will substantially bloat and moving through the file will become as slow as molasses at forty below.
  • FM still does occasionally corrupt an internal graphic, leaving you with a grey rectangle and no reference as to what the file was or where it came from - good luck finding the replacement to put back in.
  • Updating any graphics could become a PITA, as you have find it internally, and then replace it [whereas, an external graphic just has to be replaced with the same filename in the same location and FM automatically uses that].
  • Simple maintenance, re-arranging of chapters, updating numbering, etc. is more difficult in a single file compared to using FM's book structure.

If you're just looking to consolidate a legacy product in one place, I would still recommend going the Archive route and skip trying to put it all together in a single file.

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