Adobe Framemaker training
Introduction to FrameMaker training

2 days
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Live online:
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Key details

Key details

FrameMaker training course for beginners, teaching how to use the powerful page layout and text features available to generate print documentation of a high standard.

Adobe FrameMaker has long been the authoring tool of choice for many technical authors. Its template-based authoring environment offers unparalleled options for publishing long documents reliably and consistently throughout your organisation.

Introduction to FrameMaker training provides newcomers with a thorough grounding in standard FrameMaker (unstructured mode), teaching how to generate high-quality print documentation. Sessions cover master pages, graphics, tables and FrameMaker’s document revision features.

This course is ideal for newcomers to FrameMaker, and those with limited FrameMaker experience. At the end of the course, will be able to confidently create and modify FrameMaker documents.

All topics taught are relevant to FrameMaker used in unstructured and structured environments.

Introduction to FrameMaker training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.

In-class or online

Following the announcement on 4th January that England must enter a new national lockdown, Armada cancelled all in-class courses in January, February and March. We anticipate being able to offer in-class training again from April onwards, subject to Government guidance.

We continue to offer all courses in our live online format.

Accredited FrameMaker training by industry experts

For over two decades, Armada was a leading provider of technical authoring services.

We are an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC). Introduction to FrameMaker courses are hosted by Adobe Certified Instructors, who are Adobe Certified Experts in FrameMaker. See Expert trainers.

Our background in the industry, combined with our Adobe-accredited status, makes us the perfect choice for providing your FrameMaker training.

How will I learn?

FrameMaker training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running FrameMaker.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for FrameMaker, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited FrameMaker training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following FrameMaker training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their FrameMaker trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


No prior FrameMaker knowledge is necessary.

FrameMaker version

Training can be based on any version of FrameMaker to suit you.


General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for FrameMaker training can be made bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.

For further details, see training course payment options.


See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Introduction to FrameMaker course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Introduction to FrameMaker course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainers

Expert trainers

Introduction to FrameMaker training courses are hosted by:

Lynne Telfer

Lynne Telfer Autodesk Certified Instructor

Lynne Telfer is long-standing Adobe Certified Instructor with over 25 years’ experience working as a professional trainer.

In the late nineties, Lynne worked for Adobe as a trainer and consultant, hosting courses in FrameMaker and other applications at all levels for Adobe’s clients.

She’s provided training in Adobe’s Technical Communication and Creative applications ever since. She has expert knowledge of:

  • Adobe FrameMaker – both Unstructured and Structured use.
  • Adobe RoboHelp.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Lynne has expert knowledge of the key applications used for creative design: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat.
  • Microsoft Office suite of applications, covering the mainstream applications Word, Excel and PowerPoint to advanced level.

Lynne has a BA Hons in Educational Practice from Oxford Brookes University.

Philip Odell

Philip Odell Autodesk Certified Instructor

Philip is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI), specialising in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat and FrameMaker.

Philip began his working life with Texas Instruments, before joining Adobe in 1995, where he worked for five years. Philip still has links with Adobe, manning their stands and carrying out presentations when they’re exhibiting in the UK.

For the last eighteen years, Philip has worked as a graphic design specialist, consultant and trainer. He continues to use Adobe applications extensively in his day-to-day professional work.

Course content

Course content

An overview of FrameMaker

  • Overview of FrameMaker and its UI
  • Navigation techniques
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Setting preferences
  • Output to PDF
  • Using find and change
  • Running the spell checker

Working with FrameMaker documents

  • Creating, opening and editing documents
  • Using Save and Save-As

Find/change, spell checker and thesaurus

  • Searching for any item
  • Changing items
  • Managing dictionaries
  • Customising the spell checker and using the thesaurus


  • Creating a document based on a template
  • Understanding the difference between character and paragraph formats
  • Applying paragraph and character formats

Creating and modifying formats

  • Creating and applying predefined paragraph and character formats
  • Using the character and paragraph designers to design new formats
  • Discussing format overrides, indents and alignments
  • Tabs, spacing and hyphenation
  • Pagination
  • Special heading formats
  • Numbered and bulleted lists
  • Multiple autonumbers
  • Renaming and deleting formats
  • Importing and updating formats across files

The graphics editor

  • Creating simple line art
  • The tools palette
  • Drawing and selecting objects
  • Applying and changing properties
  • Grouping and ungrouping objects

Importing graphics and anchored frames

  • Graphic formats and importing techniques
  • Creating/positioning/editing anchored frames


  • Inserting tables
  • Using the table catalogue
  • Filling tables with text and graphics
  • Copying and removing tables
  • Positioning tables
  • Adjusting rows and columns
  • Rotating cells
  • Controlling page breaks
  • Ruling and shading
  • Creating table formats and converting between text and tables

Using footnotes and table footnotes

  • Inserting footnotes and table footnotes
  • Changing footnote formats

Master pages

  • Displaying master pages
  • Creating headers and footers
  • Creating and editing custom master pages
  • Assigning master pages to document body pages

Reference pages

  • Using references pages to attach artwork to paragraphs

Revising Documentation

  • Using Change Bars to indicate modifications made to a document.
  • Setting automatic change bars.
  • Comparing two versions of a document.

Page layout

  • Understanding the important role the Master Pages play in a FrameMaker document.
  • Creating, modifying and applying master pages to control a document’s layout.

Reference Pages:

  • Discover one of the roles the reference pages play by creating referenced art and linking to a Paragraph Format.

Revision – create a custom template

  • Consolidate all the knowledge gained over the two days and build a template from scratch.
Live online training

Live online training

Live online training lets you participate in a FrameMaker course from your place of work or home.

We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:

  • See and hear our trainer, and see the other delegates participating in the FrameMaker training…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.

We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…

  • Online Introduction to FrameMaker courses are presented by expert instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
  • You receive comprehensive training materials.
  • Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using FrameMaker.
  • If you don’t have access to FrameMaker software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
  • You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time.

All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.

For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.


“I was asked a week before the course started to submit a manual that we had produced in Framemaker. I send through a typical example and without realising at the time, it was probably the best spent hour of the week. \'You get out what you put in\' The manual sent through had clearly been studied in great detail by the course trainer Lynne. The whole two days of the course was formulated and tailored to our needs based on the information I had sent through. The training providing was excellent and delivered in a friendly atmosphere, with Lynne been very patient to repeat steps on numerous occasions. Highly recommended. Thank You Stuart”

Stuart H

“I found it all very helpful. Lynne was lovely and explained things clearly and demonstrated well and provided examples for us to go through at the same time. It was better for me to interact in this way rather than just sit there and listen. Excellent. Thank you!”

Angela P

“It was really interesting with a good mix of tuition and hands-on work and I believe I am now prepared to be able to use the product.”

Derek G

“Informative with a 'hands-on' experience.”

John D

“Great introduction to the software with good pacing to allow you to understand new concepts.”

Chris R

“I thought I'd drop you a line to say Hi, and ask how things are at Armada. Seems a long time ago now that we were snowed in for that Framemaker course ;) Anyway, it helped me get a job, so I'm happy!”

Claire W

“Philip is an expert in FrameMaker and can answer any questions that you may have. He is also very approachable and structures the training in a manner which maximises the learning for each student.”

Susan W

All courses are running live online as normal. In-class courses restarting in April. See Training during lockdown.