WS (West Street) Utilities
WS Utilities is a general-purpose collection of enhancements for graphic and table management, compatible with both structured and unstructured FrameMaker. The following sections describe its primary features.
A comprehensive graphic utilities pod
The graphic utilities pod is an industrial-strength set of tools for the manipulation of graphics, adding the type of functionality you should expect from a mainstream publishing application. Features include:
Note that for dimension-related features, the pod can operate in centimeters, inches, or points. Additionally, nearly everything within the pod is customizable, including all the dropdown lists and checkbox defaults.
A referenced graphic tracker
Have you ever wanted to know exactly where each of your graphics is referenced? With the WS Utilities graphic tracking feature, you can. This feature can record graphic references when you open files, close files, and/or import graphics, after which you can use the Graphic Tracking Pod to view those references.
For any selected graphic, the pod lists all places where the graphic is referenced. Each list item is a hyperlink that takes you directly to the reference point.
The figure above shows the "extended" pod which contains a list of files in the folder where the currently-selected graphic resides. You can open any file with the Open With button, using any application installed on your computer. The types of files that appear in the Files list are completely customizable, along with the list of applications in the Open With dropdown.
Right-click graphic opening commands
In the right-click context menu for graphics, you can configure commands to automatically open the selected graphic in any application installed on your computer. You can optionally have a command perform a file extension substitution; for example, if you have right-clicked on 'MyPic.png', you can have a command that opens 'MyPic.psd' in Photoshop.
A table utilities pod
The table utilities pod allows precise sizing of table columns, along with the ability to copy and paste column widths from one table to another.
...and much more
Additional features include:
The trial version is fully functional, except that it will periodically produce message boxes to remind you that it is a trial version. If any of these features interest you, feel free to download a copy today.