RoboHelp vs. Flare: Linked Projects

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RoboHelp vs. Flare: Linked Projects

Postby ClvrWrtr on Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:44 am

Hey All,
I've converted from Robohelp V3 to Flare recently and could use a bit of help: is RoboHelp's linked files (where you merge files into the parent, using specific link_chms) the same thing as Global Project Linking? Is there any way to have it mimic that function? I maintain a big help file (300+ pages) and from that file, we link to our sub-help files. The RoboHelp setup was ideal. Can this be done in Flare?
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Re: RoboHelp vs. Flare: Linked Projects

Postby doc_guy on Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:46 am

Sorry, I'm not familiar with RH V3, nor the specific function you describe. Can you explain the behavior better? There might be a way to do it in Flare, but I need to know more about what you are trying to accomplish.
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Re: RoboHelp vs. Flare: Linked Projects

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:52 am

If you mean the master-slave (er, parent-child?) project relationship, then a very similar thing exists in Flare. I would look up "Merging Projects" in the Flare help for more information. Basically, you can set up a master project that enables you to merge the outputs from multiple "slave" projects into one big help system.
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Re: RoboHelp vs. Flare: Linked Projects

Postby forfear on Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:39 pm

Robohelp only lets you link merged chm's if i remember correctly. which is a feature of HTML Help anyway.
But if you output your merged chm projects to a print format, the merged chms don't carry over. but you knew that already.


in Flare, you have a few options
- inserting the merged precompiled chms from a specific file
- inserting links to the project's chm output(it will be build and merged at compile time...nice)

But if you output your merged projects to a print format, the merged output carries over. as if you wrote one big flare project..
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Re: RoboHelp vs. Flare: Linked Projects

Postby KevinDAmery on Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:27 am

ClvrWrtr wrote:Hey All,
I've converted from Robohelp V3 to Flare recently and could use a bit of help: is RoboHelp's linked files (where you merge files into the parent, using specific link_chms) the same thing as Global Project Linking? Is there any way to have it mimic that function? I maintain a big help file (300+ pages) and from that file, we link to our sub-help files. The RoboHelp setup was ideal. Can this be done in Flare?


As others have mentioned, you can do what you're describing with Flare.

Global Project Linking is something else, though. It allows you to reference the content in one Flare project into another project. This would, for example, allow you to maintain your css in one project and use it in all your other projects, or have a common group of snippets, variables, master pages, certain topics, etc. It works by importing the linked files into the second and subsequent projects (similar to importing Word or FrameMaker files).

In short, it's very useful, but it's purpose is different from what you are describing.
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