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    • RoboHelp - Overview 01/23/12
    • Agenda
      • What is Online Help?
      • What is a Help-authoring tool (HAT)?
      • Different Help-authoring tools available
      • Features available in Robohelp
      • Difference between Robohelp and Webworks Publisher
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    • Help-authoring tool
      • Online Help: Documentation/Help in electronic format
      • A help-authoring tool or HAT is a software program to create online help manuals
      • Online Help file formats:
        • Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
        • Hypertext Markup Language ( HTML )
        • Microsoft WinHelp (.HLP) – based on Rich Text Format
        • Microsoft Compressed HTML Help (.CHM)
        • Mac OS X Help (.HELP)
        • Sun JavaHelp (.js)
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    • 01/23/12
      Help-authoring tool
      • The basic functions of help-authoring tools are: File Input/Create => Edit => Help Output
      • File Input Formats : HATs obtain their source text either by importing it from a file produced by another program, or by allowing the author to create the text within the tool using a text editor. File formats that can be imported include HTML , Microsoft Word , MIF ( FrameMaker Interchange Format) and compiled help formats such as Microsoft WinHelp and Microsoft Compressed HTML Help . The ability to import compiled help formats is useful when the source text for those files has been lost.
      • Help Output Formats : The output from a HAT can be either a specialised help file in a format such as WinHelp or Microsoft Compiled HTML (CHM), or a general-purpose document file such as Adobe PDF or HTML .
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      Help-authoring tool
      • Some HATs provide extra functions like:
        • Automatic or assisted index generation
        • Automatic table of contents
        • Spelling checker
        • Image editing
        • Image hotspot editing
        • Import and export of text in XML files, for exchange with computer-assisted translation programs
    • Common Help-Authoring Tools(HAT)
      • Some common help authoring tools include:
      • RoboHelp: An easy-to-use tool to create professional Help systems and documentation for desktop and web-based applications
      • AuthorIT : A collaborative authoring tool used for single-source content management.
      • Chm maker : An easy-to-use help authoring tool for creating help files in CHM format.
      • Doc-To-Help : An authoring tool that creates various online Help formats and printed manuals from Microsoft Word or HTML source documents.
      • Webworks Publisher in association with Adobe FrameMaker : The most common tool for large technical documents.
      • Epic Editor : An XML -based authoring tool.
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    • About RoboHelp
      • RoboHelp is a Help authoring tool (HAT) created by the eHelp Corporation and now owned by Macromedia.
      • Used by technical writers to create help files in various formats, including:
          • FlashHelp
          • Microsoft WinHelp
          • Microsoft Compressed HTML Help
          • Sun JavaHelp
          • WebHelp
          • Oracle Help for Java
          • XML
          • Microsoft Word
          • PDF
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    • System Requirements
      • RoboHelp Office - System Requirements :
        • Pentium 300 MHz or faster
        • 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
        • 32-bit operating system - Windows XP, ME, 2000, 98, or NT 4.0
        • MS Word 2003, 2002, 2000, 97 for authoring in MS Word-based environment
        • Internet Explorer 5.0 or later
        • 200 MB available disk space
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    • Features in RoboHelp
      • Help Topics
      • Easily create Help topics using WYSIWIG editor to individually explain the features in your application.
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    • Features in RoboHelp
      • Graphics
      • Integrate graphics, such as screenshots of particular application features, into your Help topics.
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    • Features in RoboHelp
      • Hyperlinks, Pop-Ups & Image Maps
      • Add links to text and graphics that go to other topics, roll-over messages, customized pop-up windows, or URLs.
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    • Features in RoboHelp
      • Table of Contents & Index
      • Easily add comprehensive navigation features so end-users can quickly find the information they need.
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    • Features in RoboHelp
      • Search Function
      • Include a powerful natural language search or full-text search. (Natural language requires RoboHelp Office Pro.)
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    • Features in RoboHelp
      • Glossary
      • Define unfamiliar terms for your end-users without requiring them to leave the topic they are viewing .
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    • Features in RoboHelp
      • Context-Sensitive Help Add context-sensitive Help links to your application that connect directly to specific Help topics.
      • Importing Content
        • Import content from HTML, Microsoft Word, Adobe FrameMaker, PDF documents, XML, or existing Help projects .
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    • Features in RoboHelp
      • Automated Wizards
        • Table of Contents Composer
        • Index Designer
        • Glossary Wizard
        • Browse Sequence Editor
        • Related Topic Wizard
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    • Features in RoboHelp
      • Single Sourcing
      • Generate multiple online formats from a single project, including
        • FlashHelp
        • WebHelp
        • HTML Help
        • WinHelp
        • JavaHelp
        • Oracle Help for Java
        • HTML
        • XML
      01/23/12
    • Difference b/w RoboHelp & Webworks Publisher
      • Webworks Publisher generates files that are ready to be compiled in the Microsoft Help Compiler. Unlike RoboHelp, you do not modify the source files directly.
      • RoboHelp provides an easy-to-use interfaces, but the problem is that you have to export the information out of FrameMaker to RTF, and you lose a lot of formatting this way.
        • Spend weeks in cleaning up the RTF output from RoboHelp before you can really develop the help.
        • If you use in your Online Help, look at direct conversion alternatives from FrameMaker to WinHelp to avoid redoing all your formatting.
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