Introduction and Overview

The following method of creating self-positioning bleeding thumb tabs in Adobe FrameMaker is the most comprehensive solution for accomplishing this task and was developed by the Brad Anderson many years ago. Although the process is a bit involved, by following these instructions, you will have successfully created a set of bleeding thumb tabs for your templates in less than an hour.

This method of creating automatic bleeding thumb tabs allows you the flexibility of having a single sequence of tabs running from top to bottom of the document or restarting the tabs every certain number of chapters. This method also allows you to used the tabs within a single FrameMaker file or separate FrameMaker files in a book.

These are some of the benefits to using this method for creating the tabs:

  • uses the same master page layout for all documents
  • automatically positions the tabs vertically on the left and right pages within one or more documents
  • restarts the tabs at the top of the page as needed
  • change the spacing of the tabs with ease
  • uses a solid color or graphic as the tab—tabs can be any size and will bleed off the page
  • places text on the thumb tabs and automatically centers the text both horizontally and vertically on the thumb tab

Bleeding Thumb Tabs in FrameMaker


7 Responses to Automatic, Bleeding Thumb-tabs in Adobe FrameMaker

  1. Lauren Buckley says:

    I would llike a copy of your white paper on bleeding thumb-tabs in FrameMaker, but the links to the white paper are broken. How can I get a copy of the white paper?

  2. Brad Anderson says:

    Lauren, I’ve fixed the link. The .zip archive of the white papers and supporting files should now be downloadable.

  3. Becky Edmondson says:

    Hi Brad,

    I too would like to have this info, but as of 03 Sep the link is still broken. Can you help? Thanks! Becky

  4. Jack DeLand says:

    “You 404’d it. Gnarly, dude” is what I get when I click the link.

  5. Carol says:

    Hi Brad,

    I can download the .zip file but it won’t extract. I get an error message saying that the file is invalid. I’m licensed on WinZip. Any ideas?

  6. Wendy Fish says:

    Thanks for the information! However, the link still appears to be broken.

  7. Deb says:

    Nope – the link is still broken. Can you email it?