I used FrameMaker till 2005 and was pretty good at it.
Now I have purchased FM 2015 for some work I am doing.
I have some questions about whether and how I can perform certain actions on an entire book or most of it.
This is probably pretty basic stuff for experienced users.
1. Can I control line numbering for an entire book? Both turning it on and off and controlling it (e.g., color)
2. Master page propagation. I want to make changes to master pages and have those changes apply to all the files in the book. Is there a way to exclude certain files from that?
3. Similarly, I want to define new character formats and have them appear in the catalogs of all the files in the book.
Use File > Import > Formats (as you did up until 2005) to copy formatting from one document to another, or from one document to selected files in a book. You can pick and choose which formatting commands you want to import:
Page Layouts refers to Master pages, Character Formats is for character formats, of course. But here's where it gets weird, IMHO, Page Layouts controls the visibility and color of the Line numbers, not Document Properties, which I assumed would do it.
I found the Import > Formats after writing the question, but I had also expected Document Properties to control Line Numbering.
You're correct that Page Layouts does it.
FM has a lot of power, but there is inconsistency and lack of documentation about what you can do at book level and what you have to at document level + import.
This is getting off the subject, but I also found that Format > Page Layout > Apply Master Pages does not have a real Cancel option. It asks you something about a map file, but if you decide that you don't want to do the operation and click X, for example, it starts performing the operation anyway.
Apply master pages uses a table stored on a reference page, and ties master pages to paragraph tags. Use Format > Page Layiut > Master Page Usage if you don't want to assign the master pages automatically.
But the point was that Cancel should cancel, which it does not in this case.
Log a bug in the Bugbase to draw that to Adobe’s attention
Ah, My apologies. As a fellow user, I can explain features and workflows, but can't change how the software works. You can file a feature request here: https://bugbase.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=newFeature .