Help Authoring: RoboHelp 2017 Is Easier, Faster and More Accessible
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Adobe released RoboHelp 2017, the latest and greatest version of the popular help authoring tool. When you open RoboHelp 2017 for the first time, you may get the impression that this release is only minor. (The ribbon and pods from RoboHelp 2015 have been unchanged.) But don’t let appreances fool you!

Adobe RoboHelp: Merging TOCs
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For large help systems, it is common to reuse content in the Table of Contents (TOC) when part of the system uses the same options and/or features.

For instance, you might need to include a common introduction for several modules. With RoboHelp, you can include a topic in multiple locations in the TOC, allowing for easy reuse.

Adobe RoboHelp:Importing Google Docs
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As more companies make the move to Google products (over 5 million and counting), more content is created with ...

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Adobe RoboHelp: Reuse a Customised Layout
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While customizing a Screen Layout in RoboHelp takes a lot of work (you have to add the images, assign the correct colors, etc.), you can get incredible results. Take, for example, the Responsive RedGreen layout, a customized Azure Blue provided by Adobe:


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Adobe RoboHelp: Remove Temporary Files Automatically
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Some time ago, a poster on the RoboHelp forum had issues with temporary files not being cleand up by RoboHelp. Fortunately, it is very easy to quicly delete all temporary files with the Windows command line. Not everyone knows the command line, but with a simple batch file, you achieve the same effect.

September and October are my 2016 Webinar Months
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Update: The recordings of all webinar sessions are avaialble. Get an overview of all recordings here: Webinar overview

Adobe RoboHelp: Cross-reference Index Keywords
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An index often contains many synonyms to allow readers to find a topic even if they use a different terminology. Managing all these variants can be difficult because you have to ensure that all synonyms are applied to the same topics. To make this job easier, RoboHelp allows you to create cross-references between index keywords.
  1. Ensure that your index has as least one entry.
Update for RoboHelp ExtendScript Library
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I just released a small update to the RoboHelp ExtendScript Library. You can now use methods and shorthands while working with scripting events. And I've included a function to get the text from a token, such as retrieving the text from a paragraph.

Adobe RoboHelp: Custom Word Title Page
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RoboHelp's single sourcing allows you to easily create Word and PDF documents.
Adobe RoboHelp: The User Defined Variable Converter Script
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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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