I've updated styles in two different books and would now like to compare the styles from a file in each book to see how the styles differ between the two books.
Is there a way to do this or do I need to compare style-by-style?
FrameMaker cannot generate such a report. You would need a script solution for this.
I know that i-frame from itl (requires FrameScript) can do this.
I am sure there are also other solutions.
There are non-free plugins available that can do this.
Silicon Prairie's Paragraph Tools plugin can generate a list of all the paragraph tags present in a single document in a table format. You can use it to generate a list for each document then put the results into something like Excel to compare them. This plugin is shareware and costs $10. (https://www.siliconprairiesoftware.com/Products.html)
Rick Quatro's FindChangeFormatsBatch generates a list of all the tags for a document as part of setting up to rename tags. It is not shareware and it costs $49. (http://www.frameexpert.com/store/)
Note: Silicon Prairie's tool can be used to remap paragraph tag names, but both names have to exist in the catalog. If you're looking to rename tags as opposed to remappping them, Rick's script is better because the new names don't have to exist in the document, it will delete the old names if you tell it to, and it works with any tag (paragraph, character, conditions, variables, master pages names, cross-reference names, object styles, conditional expressions, table styles, and marker names.)
Thanks! Will look around...