A project is a container for all the content files, image files, and control files that make up your outputs. Learn how you can create a new project from scratch or by importing Word, Framemaker, HTML, and other types of files, and how to close and re-open an existing project.
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- [Voiceover] In this video, you'll learn how to create a new Flare project from scratch and how to open and close an existing project. You can create a project in various ways, including by importing a Microsoft Word document, or by importing a FrameMaker file, or by importing an HTML file, or by importing a project created in another help authoring tool like RoboHelp, or Author-it or Doc-To-Help, or by creating it from scratch in Flare, which we'll do in this module.
So the first thing I'm going to do here, I'm just going to close the Dynamic help window, the right-hand window, and I'll just click on the X button to close the window. There, that's a little better. Now, I'm ready to create my new project. So, I'm going to click on the File menu, over on the left, and hover over the first option, New Project and here's all my New Project options. I'm just going to select New Project. This is going to open up the first screen of the New Project wizard, and it's pretty straightforward.
In the project name field up at the top, it's asking me for the name of the new project and I decide I wanna call this Lynda. It's asking me for the folder in which I want to store the project. So, you can use a default or you can click that little ellipsis button, the three dots to the right of the field, which is the Browse button. It's gonna open up the Browse for Folder dialog box, and you're going to look for the folder in which to store the project, and I've pre-created a folder here called Lynda Demo Project.
So, I'll select that. Click on OK. The next field down, the language field is asking me what language to use for the spell checker. And if I click the pull-down, you'll see that there's quite a few languages listed here. The ones that are bold, are supported by default in Flare. The ones that are not bold, Flare can support but you'll have some programming work to do, you'll have to talk to MadCap. So the default here is English United States, but if I scroll up, you notice there is an example of English Canada, and that's because, for example, Canadian spelling differs from US spelling.
Canadians will spell the word color C-O-L-O-U-R, and if you spell check that with the spell check set to US spelling, there would be an avalanche of spelling errors. So Canadian authors can select Canadian English, Australian English, plain old English. So, I'm just going to select English United States, and I'll click Next. This takes me to the second screen which is asking me to select a template.
Flare ships with a large number of templates ranging from Online templates, Online and Print templates, Print templates, and you may find a template that works for you. My experience is that in many cases, you'll have to throw out much of what's in a template, so my preference is simply to select the Empty template, and as you'll see, this gives me a very basic project, but it's clean. I'll click Next, go to the next screen. It's gonna ask me which output format I want to make my primary one, and if I click that Available Targets field up at the top, which is defaulting to something called HTML5, here are my options.
Whichever option you select, is your primary output but it's not the only one. You can change the output format at any time. But, the most commonly used one for online output is HTML5, that's what I'm going to use, and I'll click Finish. So, I'm done. It's created a very tiny project with one topic, which you see in the Content explorer over on the left. I'll double-click the Topic to display it, and here's the topic, with some simple boilerplate content.
I can also open up this Resources folder, which contains two sub-folders called Page Layouts and Style Sheets. I'll expand Page Layouts, which lists one predefined one called Default. A page layout is a template that sets up the formatting, the margins, the orientation for print output. If you're a Microsoft Word user, think of the page setup feature in Word and you'll understand exactly what this does. The Style Sheet's folder contains two style sheets predefined, that control the formatting of your project.
You can create additional Style Sheets and additional Page Layouts. So at this point, I've got a working project. But now, let's say it's the end of the day, it's time to go home, I'm ready to close it. How do I close a project? Well, I can click on File on the menu, and then hover down on Close, down at the bottom, and then just click Close Project. Project closes. Now let's say it's 9 o'clock tomorrow morning, I'm ready to go back to work.
How do I re-open the project? One way is to just go to the Start page and select Lynda, because the most recently used project is at the top of the list. I click, here's my project. I can also close it again by clicking File, Close, Close Project and I can re-open it by clicking on the File menu item, clicking on Open, and now I have to go off and find that project. So, I've probably put it on my C drive, so I'll start looking there.
Sure enough here's Lynda Demo Project, I'll double-click it, double-click that sub-folder, and you'll see there are four sub-folders plus one file, which is called an FLPRJ, the project file, that's the one we want. We click it. Click on Open, and we've just re-opened the project.
- Creating content using topics
- Adding and managing topics
- Importing files
- Inserting graphics
- Creating a table of contents, glossary, and cross-references
- Adding hyperlinks
- Formatting documents with stylesheets
- Creating master pages
- Single sourcing content
- Using variables and snippets
- Generating output