The FM book model seems obvious and comfortable, just like DITA maps … but while using a "mere" text editor, I've suddenly realised there's something I don't know how to do in either structured or unstructured FM. Imagine some keen-eyed editor tells you "your capitalisation of Aardvark isn't consistent!" I can point a text editor at the directory and run "search in files" to get a list of all files where Aardvark occurs plus a list of all occurrences per file. (sorry, no source files with aardvark …)
I can point my current DITA IDE at the files and get a list of all files where Aardvark occurs.
But with FM, all I can do at the moment is find where the first occurrence of Aardvark is in all the files referenced by the book.
Tell me I'm missing something!
You are correct, there is no Find All feature in FrameMaker, although it is a great idea.
It's a strange omission, given the book model … no immediate intention of converting everything to .mif just so I can use grep or Notepad++, but is there somewhere I can log a feature request?
Yes. You can make feature requests in the Adobe Tracker:
I use the Advanced Search (CTRL+SHIFT+F) in Acrobat for Search All. But yes. I also think that FrameMaker should have this feature.
When you make a request in the Adobe Tracker, post the number here, so that others can vote for it.
Thanks for the tip, Winfried … I like the underlying suggestion that any time we can't find a feature, this must be a bug 😕
"bug ID" (after filling in feature request) FRMAKER-8213.
That looks promising! Thank-you; I look forward to trying it.
Test script arrived, and after the first day it already feels as though I've always had access to this functionality: even more useful than I thought it might be. Thanks, Rick!