Framemaker has always been to superior to Word when it comes to creating long documents, but one thing I've always missed when using Frame instead of Word, is the ability to resize graphics in Word. In Frame, you import graphics files in this very kloogy way and then you have to set the DPI before importing. I always have gone for a middle of the road 150 dpi (dots per inch), but you can't see what your final graphic will look without saving to a PDF and WWP. Often it's fine in PDF, but the graphic looks huge in WWP. Finding a middle ground has always been a challenge for me.
Over the weekend I came up with a perfectly wonderful awful idea for resizing graphics in Word before importing them into Frame, which I will share with you now:
- Capture your screen with your screen capture tool of choice.
- Open Word and import the image.
- Right-click the image and select Image Properties. Click the Size tab and set the size of your graphic. To be consistent, I set each one at 55 percent.
- Use your screen capture program to capture the image in Word.
- Save it in the graphics format of your choice. I chose PNG.
- Import the graphic into Frame, choosing 150 dpi for the resolution and it looks great in both WWP and PDF.
I don't know why this didn't occur to me earlier because it would have saved me a lot of trial and error I've encountered when trying to make screens look decent in Frame. I found this method while somewhat lengthy, did the trick.