Re: Automatic Backups in FrameMaker

Subject: Re: Automatic Backups in FrameMaker
From: Laurie Rubin <lmr -at- SYL -dot- NJ -dot- NEC -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 1994 14:04:08 -0500

My experience with those gray captured graphics frames...
I've received them in my files, but wasn't so concerned as I assumed they were
primarily used as placeholders for memory conservation (captured graphics do
take up alot of memory, well, I'm am not so sure for referenced files).
When I get a gray graphic -- not more than one every so often in a file -- I
open the Object Properties option under Graphics, and click on the Set button.
The actual graphic replaces the grey frame. I have not lost a single
captured graphic file (and all are referenced) as a
result of the procedure I just described.

> Paul MacGyver asked:

> >For those of you who use FrameMaker, do you have Frame configured to
> >do automatic backups for each document? If so, why?

> We do not have Frame configurd for automatic backups where I work. The reaso
> n
> is much as you have stated. We do frequent tape backups, and have had high
> reliability of the system (so far!), and the automatic backup documents
> would end up taking up more space.

> On the other hand....

> There's a specific problem that we haven't encountered here, but I did have
> come up frequently while doing contract work earlier this year. It deals wit
> h
> imported graphics. For reasons I never fully understood, Frame would sometim
> es
> do nasty things to graphics in anchored frames. We'd suddenly see the image
> turn to a "grey box." (Lots of us have seen that, I know.) If the graphic wa
> s
> imported by reference, though, Frame would suddenly and maliciously go to the
> original graphic file, reach into the file, and trash the file. And not just
> the graphic on the page I was viewing, -all- graphics in that Frame file.

> You read that correctly. Frame would destroy files separate from the Frame
> document file, even if those files were located in a different directory than
> theFrame document. (Frame tech support, BTW, assured me that "this could
> not be happening." It happened more than once.)

> In those cases, I was sometimes able to save a day's work by reverting to the
> back-up, -if- I could exit without saving before Frame automatically updated
> the auto backup file.

> If you have the slightest hint of this problem, go with the autobackup featur
> e.
> If not, then balance the possible loss against the consumption of hard drive
> space.

> Rick Lippincott
> Eaton Semiconductor
> rlippinc -at- bev -dot- etn -dot- com

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