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Macromedia RoboHelp X5 Tutorial


Applications today have become sophisticated to an extent that a Help system is required for an average user to understand them. Macromedia RoboHelp is the fastest, easiest way to create professional Help systems and documentation for desktop and web-based applications, including .NET and Rich Internet Applications. Create Help systems that include Help topics, Table of Contents, Index, Glossary, context-sensitive Help, and more. Generate Help systems in any popular online Help format, plus press-ready printed documentation. author, Eric Butow, teaches users the various types of projects that can be created using RoboHelp, component and design requirements for creating a fully functional Help system, how to convert an HTML Help project into different Help formats from a single source, and much, much more! To begin learning Macromedia RoboHelp X5 today, simply click on one of the movie links below.

Introduction

About this Tutorial
New in RoboHelp X5
Overview of RoboHelp X5
Project Types

The RoboHelp Starter Window

RoboHelp Central Tab
The New Project Tab
The Open Tab
The Import Tab
The Tools Tab

Putting Your Options in Order

The General Tab
The Tool Locations Tab
The BugHunter Tab
Link View Tab
Tools Tab
HTML Editor Tab
Smart Index Tab

The New Project Wizard

Starting the Wizard
Selecting the Proper Plan
Enter Project Information
The First Topic

The RoboHelp HTML Window

The Three Panes: Left/Right/Output
The TOC Tab
The Index Tab
The Glossary Tab
The Tools Tab
The WYSIWYG Tab
The TrueCode Tab
The Link View Tab
The Topics Tab
The Output Tab
The BugHunter Tab
The Toolbars
Changing Your Views

Creating a HTML Help Project

Changing Your First Topic
Add a New Topic
Change Text in the Topic Page
Change Style Sheets
Change Your Skin pt. 1
Change Your Skin pt. 2

Add Elements to the Help Project

Add a Table
Add a Hyperlink
Add a Popup
Add a Bookmark
Add Images & Other Multimedia
Add DHTML Effects
Add See Also
Add Related Links
Add a Shortcut to Run Other Programs
Add a Text Box & Marquee
Add a Form & Elements
Build a Non-Scrolling Region

Building Your HTML Help Project Structure

Auto-Create a Table of Contents (TOC)
Drag Topics into Your TOC
Create a New TOC Page
Create a New TOC Book
Arrange Your TOC
Use the Smart Index Wizard
Drag Topics into Your Index
Add a New Index Keyword
Arrange Your Index
Add a New Term into the Glossary
Add a New Term Definition

Check Your HTML Help Project

Change Project Settings
Change Project Properties
Altering the Help Window
Preview Your Topic
Check Your Links
Check Your Bookmarks
Check Your Spelling & Use the Thesaurus
Find & Replace
Save the Project
Compile the Project
Viewing the Compiled Project
Killing Bugs

Creating Projects from a Single Source

Create a WebHelp Project
Create a WebHelp Pro Project
Create FlashHelp
Create Printed Documentation
Create XML Output

Creating a WinHelp 2000 Help System

Opening a WinHelp 2000 Help Project
The RoboHelp Explorer Window
The Word Toolbar
Changing Your First Topic
Add a New Topic
Change Text in the Topic Page

Building a WinHelp 2000 Help System

Add a Table
Add a Jump
Add a Popup
Add Keywords
Add Images & Other Multimedia
Add Hotspots
Add Index Marker
Create a Table of Contents
Create an Index
Test Your Help System
Save/Compile/Run Your Help System

Building Your First HTML Help System

Create the Help System & Your Styles
Build Non-Scrolling Topic Pages
Build Framesets
Fill In Your Topics
Add Links & Bookmarks
Create the TOC
Create the Index
Create the Glossary
Check the Project Spelling/Links/Bookmarks
Compile & View the Project
Change & Customize the Help Window Skin
Convert the Project to WebHelp

Course Wrap Up

Conclusion
About this Author


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