Generating a Book from a Map

The DITA-FMx “Book from Map” command lets you create a PDF-ready FrameMaker book from a DITA map or bookmap.

One of the primary reasons to use FrameMaker as a DITA authoring tool is its ability to easily create high quality PDFs. DITA-FMx provides the “Generate Book from Map” command which gives you a high degree of control over most aspects of the map-to-book processing. The “Setting up Book Builds” topic in the DITA-FMx online Help provides all of the information you need to prepare for this processing.

Generating a book from XDocs-sourced content requires two additional steps:

Once this has been done, follow these steps:

  1. Download all of the files in the book (map, topic, and image files) to the local file system. The easiest way to do this is to use the Download command in the XDocs Explorer, and select the folder that contains the files. If your book contains references to files in multiple folders, make sure to download those files as well.
  2. Open the root map file using the Get File command on the XDocs menu.
  3. Choose Generate Book from Map on the DITA-FMx menu. You will be prompted for a location for the new book file. It is best to select a location outside of the XDocs checkout directory.
  4. After the book file has been created, review the files for proper numbering, pagination and setup. If everything looks good, use the Save As PDF command to create a PDF of your book.

Remember that the book and FM files that are generated by this process are not intended to be edited. You should always make edits to the source DITA files and regenerate the book. Any edits or modifications you make to the generated FM files will be lost the next time you build the book.

However, you can add new files to the book such as a title page or other unstructured content. The next time you generate a book, you’ll just need to add that unstructured content back into the book, but you won’t have to recreate it.