Tag Archives: RoboHelp

When you view the TOC of your WebHelp, you may notice a grey dotted border around items in your TOC. This dotted line breaks the look and feel of your custom layout. Here’s how to remove it!

 

Context sensitive help is help set up to open at a topic relevant to the field or screen that the user is viewing. This article provides an overview of the way context sensitivity works in WebHelp and FlashHelp generated by RoboHelp. This article shows you how you can create URLs to call your help context sensitive. This allows you to create your own context sensitive help calls and allows you to create your own API.

 

Lists in RoboHelp

Ever since the release of RoboHelp 8 there has been a lot of discussion about lists. RoboHelp 8 changed the way lists work and that has confues many people: RoboHelp 8 uses XHTML instead of HTML 4.01 (as was used by RoboHelp 7 and earlier). This different HTML version forces browsers to render your help differently, thus breaking the lists. This article provides a review of lists in RoboHelp and shows how you can use lists in RoboHelp 8 and later.

 

Apart from regular patches, RoboHelp also regularly receives smaller updates and fixes, such as security fixes. These security fixes and small updates are not installed automatically and you need to see the announcements if you don’t want to miss them. And when you reinstall RoboHelp, it is always a pain to find all fixes on the various Adobe sites. This page lists all regular patches, security patches and other fixes for Adobe RoboHelp.

 

A recurring forum question is whether you can downgrade a RoboHelp project. You may need to do this when you accidentally upgraded a project when trying out a new version of RoboHelp. Or you may need to do this when you receive a project from another author or another company. Fortunately, it’s rather simple to downgrade a project to RoboHelp 8 (or a higher version).

 

Source control is a mechanism where you store all RoboHelp project files in a central repository. Every author works with a local copy of the project connected to the central repository. Whenever an author wants to make a change, she checks out the document from the repository. This blocks other authors from making changes to the file until the author checks in her changes. Because the files are in a central repository, all changes an author makes are instantly available for all authors.

Source control is also a great disaster recovery option. Whenever a project is corrupted, the author can simply remove the local project and get the latest version of the project from the repository. And if the latest version in the repository is corrupted, it is very easy to rollback the repository to a previous version.

This post lists all the source control options for Adobe RoboHelp with hints on how to get them to work.

 

A few years ago I showed you how to embed a YouTube video into a RoboHelp project. The process was not very elegant and involved getting an embed code and modifying HTML to make it work in RoboHelp. Fortunately, Adobe has improved embedding online video with RoboHelp 2015 and RoboHelp 2017. In this update, I’ll …

 

Adobe released RoboHelp 2017, the latest and greatest version of the popular help authoring tool. When you open RoboHelp 2017 for the first time, you may get the impression that this release is only minor. (The ribbon and pods from RoboHelp 2015 have been unchanged.) But don’t let appreances fool you!

 

RoboHelp 2015 introduces a new output: mobile apps. With this output, you create Android and iOS applications without any coding and without installing additional software. Best of all, creating apps is completely free. Only if you want to publish your app on the Apple App Store do you need a paid Apple developer account. In …

 

An index often contains many synonyms to allow readers to find a topic even if they use a different terminology. Managing all these variants can be difficult because you have to ensure that all synonyms are applied to the same topics. To make this job easier, RoboHelp allows you to create cross-references between index keywords. …

 
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