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Hello all - newbie FM user here - training on the job!

I've been given the task to update an existing user document.  This document is a .pdf file and was created by saving from Framemaker (not sure what version of FM- perhaps 10).  I have FM 12.0.0.329.  Anyway, I open the FM book and one of the contained .fm files.  I create a frame just at the end of a section in the .fm and it creates the frame on a new page.  I then drag the .gif into the frame and adjust the size.

Then, I perform Update to the book and save as .pdf.  When viewing the .pdf, all I see is a blue square where the .gif should be.  I can save the image to Word and it looks fine.

Next, I drag the same .gif into another frame (another page), perform Update and save as .pdf.  I can see the image this time.

I've also performed the opposite.  Taken a .gif that displays correctly and moving to the frame/page I created and it will not show in the .pdf.

Did I do something wrong when creating this new frame/page I wonder?

Also, just to mention.  Part of my troubleshooting also involved saving the .pdf as  I've tried saving as High Quality - RBG and CMYK as well as Standard RGB and CMYK.

Thanks so much in advance.

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gif file not showing up in .pdf

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Hello all - newbie FM user here - training on the job!

I've been given the task to update an existing user document.  This document is a .pdf file and was created by saving from Framemaker (not sure what version of FM- perhaps 10).  I have FM 12.0.0.329.  Anyway, I open the FM book and one of the contained .fm files.  I create a frame just at the end of a section in the .fm and it creates the frame on a new page.  I then drag the .gif into the frame and adjust the size.

Then, I perform Update to the book and save as .pdf.  When viewing the .pdf, all I see is a blue square where the .gif should be.  I can save the image to Word and it looks fine.

Next, I drag the same .gif into another frame (another page), perform Update and save as .pdf.  I can see the image this time.

I've also performed the opposite.  Taken a .gif that displays correctly and moving to the frame/page I created and it will not show in the .pdf.

Did I do something wrong when creating this new frame/page I wonder?

Also, just to mention.  Part of my troubleshooting also involved saving the .pdf as  I've tried saving as High Quality - RBG and CMYK as well as Standard RGB and CMYK.

Thanks so much in advance.

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What are you dragging it from?

What do you know about the GIF? Animated GIFs, and GIFs with layered Image Blocks could be a problem.

You might save/export the GIF to a file, and import it.

In general, GIF (and any indexed color formats generally) is a suboptimal format for FM images. What is the GIF an image of? When I had to deal with legacy GIFs, I'd first convert them to bitmapped TIFF or contone EPS, then re-import, By Reference.

GIF was a great solution for dial-up. How many people do you know who even know what a dial tone is?

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Some legacy here.

As mentioned, I am new to FM.  I have taken the place of a previous employee and their instructions say to use .gif's for the pictures/images in our documentation.

As far as where being dragged from - Windows Explorer.

Lastly, other .gif's placed in the same manner in the document are fine.

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