Course Outlines
Page Layout

Adobe InDesign

Adobe FrameMaker

Adobe InCopy


Microsoft Publisher

Graphics & Photos

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator



PDFs & Forms

Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat PDF Forms

Adobe LiveCycle Designer

Video & Audio

Adobe Premiere Pro

After Effects

Adobe Audition


Adobe Captivate

Adobe Presenter

TechSmith Camtasia

Articulate Storyline

Microsoft Powerpoint

Microsoft Office









FileMaker Pro

Microsoft Access

Web Design

Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Animate


ePubs with InDesign

ePubs with FrameMaker

Apple iBooks Author

If desired, IDEAS can modify any on-site class, custom classroom and on-line training, or one-on-one instruction. Feel free to mix-and-match topics from different level outlines if it meets your needs better—or even mix-and-match different programs. (Custom training is restricted to a single company.)

Intro to FrameMaker


FrameMaker Overview

  1. Opening FM: Structured vs. Non-Structured Preference
  2. Interface Overview
    1. Creating Workspaces
    2. Setting Preferences
  3. Create a new document based on existing template
    1. Using predefined paragraph formats
    2. Using predefined character formats
  4. Creating a new, custom document
  5. Saving file(s)

Defining Paragraph Formats

  1. Importing text
    1. By Reference
    2. Copying into file
  2. Displaying the Paragraph Designer
    1. Creating new Paragraph Styles
    2. Apply vs. Update All
  3. Formatting Body text
    1. Basic Settings
    2. Default Font Settings
    3. Pagination Settings (Widow/Orphan)
    4. Advanced Settings
  4. Formatting Subheads
    1. Pagination Settings (Keep With)
  5. Formatting Chapter Titles
    1. Pagination Settings (Start)
  6. Advanced Paragraph Settings
    1. Formatting Bulleted lists
      1. Numbering Settings
    2. Formatting numbered lists
      1. Numbering Settings
      2. Using Tabs
  7. Deleting unwanted formats

Defining Character Formats

  1. Displaying the Character Designer
    1. Creating new Character Styles
    2. Understanding and using “As Is” settings
  2. Emphasizing words and phrases
  3. Adding color to Character formats
  4. Adding color to auto-numbers

Defining Colors Formats

  1. Defining custom colors and tints
    1. Process Color vs. Spot Color
  2. Adding color to paragraph formats

Page Layout

  1. Viewing default Left/Right master pages
  2. Changing column layout
    1. Using Side Head Layouts
  3. Working with Variables
    1. Auto-numbering pages
    2. Using running headers & footers
  4. Master Pages
    1. Creating & Applying Custom Masters

Document Editing

  1. Viewing the document
  2. Smart Quotes and Spaces
    1. (Format>Doc>Text Opt.)
  3. Turning graphic display on/off
  4. Finding and changing text
  5. Spell Checking
    1. Resetting the checker
  6. Using the Thesaurus
  7. Using Change Bars
    1. Setting options
    2. Clearing Change Bars
  8. Comparing Documents (File>Utilities)
  9. Inserting variables
    1. Defining a user variable
  10. Track Changes


  1. Inserting table
  2. Displaying the Table Designer
    1. Creating new Table Styles
  3. Converting tabbed text into a table
  4. Formatting Tables
    1. Body cells
    2. Header cells
    3. Titles
  5. Editing Tables
    1. Resizing Columns
    2. Adding Rows/Columns
    3. Straddle
  6. Using tabs inside table cells
  7. Using custom ruling and shading


  1. Inserting footnotes
  2. Inserting footnotes in Tables
  3. Footnote formats

Saving as PDF

  1. Basic PDF settings for:
    1. Print, Web, and eBook