Is there a way to create a variable, or paragraph format for a figure caption that displays sheet X of X? I need something to work similar to the Table Sheet variable.
Can you put the figure in a table? That's a pretty common workflow for different reasons.
Not really - I have captioned tables in the same file as well. Still have to use a Figure tag and not a Table tag. I was hoping there was a variable that might work.
No, nothing that easy, Susan.
I'm trying to visualize your layout (a screen shot or two would be helpful) and falling short. A table can span multiple pages which is why we have the sheet count. A figure can't span pages, so what exactly is happening? Maybe we can figure out a solution.
Sorry can't supply and example - I have several figures, falling on several pages, that are continuations of the first, etc. I need the Caption to read "Figure 3-25. Block Diagram (Sheet 1 of 7)" I want it to behave the way the Table Sheet variable does - but I get that the table part is what makes it work. I was hoping that framemaker had a solution for this
No, it's not built into FrameMaker like the Table Sheet variables are.
But you are aware that each table sheet counter starts over for each table, right? So I'm still not clear why you can't use it for both traditional tables, and those holding the figures. The key is in the variable definition—just leave it at the default of (Sheet <$tblsheetnum> of <$tblsheetcount>) so that the wording will work in both situations. Put your title as described in a FigureTitle (you can use any tag above a table), one figure in each body row, set the rows to start at the top of the page.
Otherwise, I would reconsider the numbering style to take advantage of FrameMaker is meant to handle this: 3-25.1, 3-25.2, 3-25.3 or some variation on that theme. After 30 years in the field, I have learned that it is best if I design around my program's strengths and actively avoid the weaknesses.
If you just need Adobe to change how FrameMaker works, you can always put in a feature request here: Tracker.
Well I was able to make it work by embedding the graphic in a table with the title below the table. Then used my Figure Caption tag with the Table Sheet variable. I guess I was hoping for a tidier solution. Thanks for all the assistance.
That sounds perfect! I'm glad I was able to help.