Windows Update and FrameMaker

Some of you who are using Windows 10, and I understand that this is an increasing number, may have been afflicted by the Windows Update in June this year.

FrameMaker is an application which is much used in the Technical Publications industry. In it unstructured form this has been in use for many years mainly because its design enables large publications to0 be written and published. The functionality allows for the document to divided into separate files which can then be brought together via a ‘Book’. This allows cross referencing across the whole book, updating of variables, and printing as a complete publication, usually through the excellent PDF output mechanism. With the advent of SGML and XML the functionality was increased to handle this markup method so with the advent of S1000D what better tool to use when it has been configured correctly to handle the numerous data module types now available (Issue 1 change 6 through to Issue 4.2).

Imagine the alarm and consternation when we discovered that the June Windows 10 update introduced a ‘bug’ which prevented FrameMaker from printing to PDF. An increasing number of reports of the FrameMaker message “Cannot print because the selected default printer is not compatible with FrameMaker (Cannot query escape 768.)” I understand that there was a problem in getting Microsoft to understand that there was actually a problem. The July Windows 10 Update has come and gone without a fix. Thankfully Adobe did some work on this and had provided patches for its last two FrameMaker versions. That does mean and FrameMaker prior to version 2015 are still without the ability to output to pdf. This ‘bug’ also prevented using the alternative ‘Save As PDF’ option although this route did not offer the error message.

Here we are in August, waiting for the next Windows 10 Update to see if Microsoft have acknowledged that there is a problem and done something about it. Don’t hold your breath!

Source: S1000D Blog