Adobe RoboHelp: The User Defined Variable Converter Script

User Defined Variables are a great way to manage content that appears frequently in your RoboHelp project. Variables allow you to change all occurrences of say, your company name in your project from a single location.

If you have already created a RoboHelp project but weren't aware of variables, you will be happy to learn that there is a script that quickly converts all occurrences of a word or phrase to a variable.

In my example below, I'm going to use the script to replace...

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Google Drive: Remove Conflicted Copies in Batch

I use Google Drive. A lot. I place personal documents, photo's and RoboHelp projects in Drive. It works great as I have access to files and documents on all computers. The one downside about Google Drive is the enormous number of conflicted copies. When working with RoboHelp, Google Drive can't keep up with the changes, resulting in hundreds of conflicted copies. But also Word documents, photographs and other document get conflicted copies. A conflicted copy has (1) (or a...

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Adobe Captivate: Instructor led Courses available in European time

Together with IconLogic, I now offer Adobe Captivate 9 courses in European times. You can now follow our the same great live, instructor led training as you know and love without having to stay up late. All Captivate courses are available in Central European Time (Paris, Amsterdam time).

Take your elearning skills to the next level and join me at:

Happy learning!

IE 10/11 patch for RoboHelp 8

If you are using RoboHelp 8 and your customers have trouble with Internet Explorer 10 or 11, you were out of luck. Fortunately, I was able to backport my RoboHelp 9 fix to allow RoboHelp 8 output to work correctly on Internet Explorer 10 and 11.

Adobe RoboHelp 2015: Create a Sitemap

RoboHelp 2015 patch 2 introduces a great feature for Responsive HTML5: sitemaps. A sitemap is a file with a list of all topics in your output. Search engines such as Google and Bing use the sitemap to determine which topics are available in your output, boosting findability of your content. If you want to make 1st place on Google, having a sitemap is essential. Without a sitemap, Google may not be able to index your entire output, skipping useful topics it can’t find.

Adobe RoboHelp: Creating a Mobile App

RoboHelp 2015 introduces a new output: mobile apps. With this output, you create Android and iOS applications without any coding and without installing additional software. Best of all, creating apps is completely free. Only if you want to publish your app on the Apple App Store do you need a paid Apple developer account.

In this tutorial I will show you how to create an app that you can install on your Android Device.

Before you begin, ensure that you have...

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Adobe RoboHelp 2015: Embedding Multimedia from Camtasia Studio

Integration between RoboHelp and Adobe Captivate has always worked well. Kevin taught you this integration some time ago. Using multimedia from other applications such as Camtasia used to be much harder. A recent patch for RoboHelp 2015 makes using media from Camtasia and other applications easy.

To be able to...

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HelpEssentials Lauched

Over the last few months, Jonathan Smith and I have been working hard on a new site. I'm proud to announce that we launched HelpEssentials. An online marketplace for all things RoboHelp (FrameMaker is coming soon!) HelpEssentials brings together beautiful design with RoboHelp output.

Take a look at ...

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Recording of Mastering Layout Customisation now available

In this webinar I approach RoboHelp 2015’s new HTML5 layout from a different approach. I demo the new, easy icon-based approach to selecting widgets or configuring where search results will appear, I also briefly remind you of the old approach in previous RoboHelp that required directly editing CSS code. This session will also cover how to provide greater context or end-users in search results, showing more details. Configure search results to appear in topic panes or on the content, use the...

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Adobe RoboHelp 2015: Dynamic Filters

A few weeks ago I showed you how to use named Conditional Build Expressions to include or exclude content from your output. RoboHelp 2015 has a new feature to make tags even more useful: Dynamic Filters.


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