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© 2010 Ugur Akinci
To create an Adobe FrameMaker book from scratch you need to follow a logical sequence of steps, each of which is fairly easy to perform once you get the hang of it.
Here is a brief outline and a diagram to make the process clearer:
1) First create a TEMPLATE for the main CHAPTER(s) of your book. This template should consist of several MASTER PAGES like a Right and a Left MASTER PAGE (for double-sided documents), and a separate Title MASTER PAGE for aesthetic purposes. Select View > Master Pages and create these pages, complete with their HEADERS and FOOTERS, designed appropriately (which is the subject of another post).
2) Create other similar templates of all sections that together will compose the final book. For example, the Cover pages (Front and Back), Front Matter, TOC, LOF (List of Figures — if any), LOT (List of Tables — if any), INDEX, etc.
3) Once you have all your chapter templates ready, create a BOOK FILE and import all your templates into it, in appropriate order (obviously).
4) Import or create the CONTENT that would go into the chapters of the book.
Once the content is in place, compile the TOC, LOF, LOT, the Index and you’re basically done.
Here is a diagram that illustrates the process in its most general outlines:
(Click the image to enlarge it)