Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video What is RoboHelp?, part of RoboHelp 9 HTML Essential Training.
Before we begin working with RoboHelp 9 HTML, it might be a good idea to fully understand what RoboHelp is and what it can be used to create. If you have experience with previous versions of RoboHelp, you can probably skip this lesson and move on to the next one. If, however, you're new to RoboHelp, let's find out what it's all about. Firstly, if you've ever pressed F1 or click the Help menu of a software application, you have likely been acquainted with the end results of a RoboHelp project. RoboHelp is the industry standard for designing help systems, as well as e-learning content, policies and procedures, and knowledge bases.
RoboHelp enables you to create professional-looking help content that can be published to multiple channels, including Adobe AIR, mobile devices, e-book readers, and tablets. So, who uses RoboHelp 9? Well, help authors, obviously, but so do technical writers and programmers who might be tasked with creating help systems for desktop applications, maybe web-based applications, or even hard copy help documents like learning manuals and user guides.
With RoboHelp 9 HTML, you can create help files in a variety of formats, including PDF, which is of course Portable Document Format, viewed with a PDF reader like Acrobat on your computer. There is WebHelp and WebHelp Pro, the de facto standard for browser-based help systems that can run on a wide variety of browsers and platforms. There is FlashHelp and FlashHelp Pro, the next generation of web help for desktop applications, including Windows, Macs, and Linux. Adobe AIR for web applications that run as stand- alone client applications without the constraints of a browser.
How about HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language, typically used to create help for Windows desktop applications? It runs Windows 32-bit platforms and requires Internet Explorer on the system. How about Microsoft WinHelp? Using RoboHelp Word that comes with RoboHelp 9 you can create WinHelp, which is text-based format that runs on the Windows 32-bit platform in the standard WinHelp Viewer that came with all Windows versions up to Windows XP. If you're using a newer version of Windows like Windows 7 for example, you can download this viewer for free now at microsoft.com.
There is Microsoft Word, the most popular word processing format; XML, or Extensible Markup Language; and of course E-PUB, which is commonly used on mobile devices. If you're hearing about other RoboHelp applications and integration is because RoboHelp 9 HTML can also be one piece of a bigger puzzle. This course of course is focused on using RoboHelp 9 HTML, which is an excellent tool all by itself. But here are some other programs you might also consider.
There is RoboHelp for Word, which is still help authoring software, but Word is used as the host word processor. If you're comfortable with Word, this is a good option for authoring online help for desktop and web-based applications. You may have heard of RoboHelp Server 9. It extends the managing and tracking capabilities of Adobe RoboHelp 9 by enabling you to automatically build multiple sections of a project and then publish them as a unified online information system. With RoboHelp Server, you can manage user rights and security and take advantage of simplified deployment and content configuration.
Of course, there are plenty of other applications that integrate well with RoboHelp 9 HTML, some of which we will discuss later on in this course. For example, Adobe Captivate projects can be imported into RoboHelp, and you can use RoboScreenCapture to add screen captures to a RoboHelp project. So that's a quick overview of what RoboHelp 9 HTML is, what it's used for, and who uses it. Now it's time to get in there and start exploring the software itself. That's coming up next.
- 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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