Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding version control, part of RoboHelp 9 HTML Essential Training.
RoboHelp_9 has a number of review and collaboration tools built right in, so in this chapter we're going to focus on collaborating on a project with others and some of the review functionality that's built in. But before we get into all of that, we should also mention something called Version Control. If you're going have multiple authors working on a project you might want to control how the files are actually accessed. For example, maybe only one person should be working on a file at a time. Well, Version control software does safeguard files as you work.
So it does provide revision tracking so you know who's been working on what. It will only allow one person to work on a file at a time. Sometimes it can even make backups and provide file sharing and organization functionality as well. Now just so you know, RoboHelp does work with third-party version control software that's out there to check out files automatically if they're not already in use, and even track their use. Version Control software, by the way, if you're looking at third-party options, they have to support the Microsoft SCC API, otherwise they won't work with RoboHelp.
But you cannot use Adobe RoboSource Control that's installed with RoboHelp, or of course, any one of those third-party packages that support the Microsoft SCC API. And just keep in mind that no matter what you're using, whether it's Adobe RoboSource Control, or a third-party package, you're always performing version control task right from within RoboHelp. So if that's something that's of interest to you, I suggest doing a little bit of research on the third-party packages versus Adobe RoboSource Control, so you find the package that's going to work best for you, but it's only an option; you don't have to use one of these Version control software packages to perform review and collaboration functions in your project, and that's what we're going to focus on in this chapter.
- Touring the interface and workspaces
- Creating a project and importing content
- Auto-creating a TOC
- Merging help projects
- Generating FlashHelp output
- Controlling page layout with tables and DHTML
- Creating indexes, search terms, and glossary terms
- Building forms with buttons and check boxes
- Controlling output with conditional text
- Creating skins and master pages
- Reviewing projects and managing comments and changes
- Applying ActiveX controls
- Generating printed documents
Skill Level Beginner
Q: When I insert the ActiveX Calendar control and try to hide the title by setting the ShowTitle property to false, the title is not removed and remains visible. Why is this happening?
A: There are many ActiveX controls available and many versions of a control may exist. Different versions of a control can behave differently. Certain properties may work in one version of a control and not in another. ActiveX controls can be installed on your computer by different programs other than RoboHelp, such as Microsoft Excel and Access. In this title, version 11.0 of the Calendar control is used. If you are using a different version of the Calendar control, the ShowTitle property may not work properly. Go to www.microsoft.com to learn more about ActiveX controls and their properties.
1. Getting to Know RoboHelp
2. Creating WebHelp Projects
3. Merging Projects
4. Formatting Topics
5. Creating FlashHelp Projects
6. Using Graphics and Multimedia
7. Using Tags, Variables, and Snippets
Using multiple TOCs2m 56s
8. Working with Tables and DHTML
9. Working with Indexes and Searches
10. Using Forms and Frames
11. Using Skins and Master Pages
12. Reviewing Projects and Collaborating
13. Using ActiveX Controls
14. Generating Printed Documents
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