Join Neil Perlin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the challenges, part of MadCap Flare 12 Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] If you're watching this course on a computer and have Flare, either a licensed copy or a trial version, you'll find 14 challenges that provide hands-on practice for the concepts and features described in the course. Be aware that if you're using a trial copy, Flare randomly misspells words in the topics until you enter a license key. It's scary but harmless. The challenges do not stand alone. Instead, they build on each other to form a tiny but real project.
You'll create the project, add topics, and work with content, add navigation in the form of a table of contents and links, and so on. At the end, you'll build and view real online and print output. Plan to create and work on the project on your own PC or laptop. You'll create a working folder for the project just as you would in a real project. Each challenge spells out what I want you to do. While watching the challenge videos, you may want to take notes on the details of the tasks to be performed.
Once you finish a challenge, you can review the related solution video to see how I did it. You can also review the state of the project before starting a challenge by looking at the previous version of the project. You can find these previous versions in this course's exercise files. This will also let you jump into any challenge without having to start at the very beginning. For example, at the end of Challenge Five, I'll tell you that when you finish, check out my solution video.
If you're just joining us and want to do this challenge from here, start with the file called Flare Challenge Four. Flare Challenge Four is the project saved as it stands at the end of Challenge Four. This should provide a lot of flexibility in how you approach the challenges. Take your time going through the challenges. The estimated times are estimates only. So don't try to stick to the estimates, only to make mistakes by hurrying. You'll be slow at first, but you will speed up quickly.
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
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Creating Long Documents with InDesignwith Mike Rankin4h 59m Intermediate
Word 2013: Creating Long Documentswith Maria Langer3h 19m Appropriate for all
1. Basic Concepts
2. Creating Content Using Topics
4. Adding Formatting
5. Single Sourcing
6. Understanding Outputs vs Targets
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