With FM 2015, if I save as PDF (or print to PDF), is there any way in FM to first create layers that will be exported into the resulting PDF? (I need to end up with a PDF that has layers that can be made hidden or visible.) Not sure this can be done in FM? Have seen that creating layers for export to PDF can be done in InDesign, however.
Would appreciate any suggestions to achieve this result with FM or any work-around.
Well, there is no layer support in FrameMaker so you can't directly export layers nor can you just add them after the fact in Adobe Acrobat. You can—as you correctly noted—export existing layers in InDesign to a pdf, as well as from Illustrator and in Photoshop.
That said, in looking for a potential workaround for FrameMaker, this may have potential—but I haven't tried it.
Import layers (Acrobat Pro DC)
You can import layers from a PDF or image file into a target PDF. Supported image file formats are BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PCX, PNG, and TIFF.
I wonder if you could create a conditional text document in FrameMaker, and export the various versions to individual pdfs, and then import them into 1 PDF as individual layers? My concern would be with step number three, which sounds like it might indicate that this is single page only, which would be a lot of work for a long Fm document.
If you give it a try, please come back and let us know if that works. Otherwise, I'd head over to InDesign.
Thank you for these suggestions. I've experimented with importing into the PDF, but so far, after import, haven't been able to view more than the first of 168 FM pages in the layered PDF created. So, I think I'm going to need to use InDesign instead. Will continue to experiment with InDesign. Try different work-around 's until I figure it out.
Again, thank you for these suggestions.
If you want to use a third-party product, then Shlomo Perets' Timesavers tool for FM can create the desired effects in the output PDFs. You can see examples in his Showcase section (see the "Presentation Assistant" examples) at: http://microtype.com/showcase.html
Thank you for this additional suggestion.